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CBU initiates collaboration with Turkish universities

CATHERINE MUMBA – Lusaka
THE Copperbelt University (CBU) has initiated a process of collaborating with Turkish universities with medical schools to explore the mechanism of managing a teaching hospital.
Deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Zambia in Turkey Bwalya Nondo said this comes in the wake of CBU’s 2015-2020 strategic plan which proposes to expand teaching facilities at CBU’s school of medicine which will include establishment of a 500-bed high-end service and a semi-private hospital to support clinical teaching.
Mr Nondo said in a statement yesterday that a three-member team comprising CBU deputy vice chancellor Dr Shadreck Chama, Dean of the School of Medicine Kasonde Bowa and director for external relations Gillian Kabwe has just concluded a study tour of Turkey to seek collaboration with some of that country’s leading universities.
“The team held meetings with Trakya University in Edinre, Turgat Ozal and Hacetetepe universities in Ankara. A joint agreement will be entered into between Turgut Ozal Faculty of Medicine and CBU school of medicine to commence a staff and student exchange programme from 2015 to 2021 through an application to the Erasmus higher education programme,” he said.
Mr Nondo said CBU will also enter into collaboration in research projects between Trakya University’s school of engineering and the school of medicine.
He said CBU is also expected to seek support in linkages for the purchase of dental training equipment through the Faculty of Dentistry at Trakya University.
And speaking when the CBU delegation paid a courtesy call on her, Ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga noted that Zambia would greatly benefit from Turkey’s expertise and assured the team of the mission’s readiness to facilitate collaborations with Turkish universities.




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