The University of Zambia (UNZA) was established by an act of parliament and saw its first intake of students on the 17th of March 1966. The motto of the university, “Service and Excellence”, has guided its development since its inception.
UNZA is situated in Lusaka on two campuses - the main Great East Road Campus, situated 6km from the town centre, and Ridgeway Campus, which caters for the Medical School and is situated 4km South East of Lusaka, opposite the University Teaching Hospital.
The university operates off a Platform for Research, Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (PReSTID). This is a University of Zambia programme that is multidisciplinary in nature and is aimed at promoting and supporting research, science, technology, innovation and development initiatives at the institution and in Zambia as a whole. The platform supports sustainable development in Africa, and Zambia in particular, by facilitating new knowledge uptake and utilisation between research institutions and their end users.