The Copperbelt University is a Public University established in1987, with the vision among others to create a place for high-quality education and training, enabling graduates to act efficiently and effectively in a broad range of civic and professional functions and activities and create a place to which access is possible primarily on the basis of intellectual merit and of the ability to participate actively in its programmes.
The university offers various programmes in various schools such as Built Environment, Business, Engineering, Mining, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Natural Resources, Medicine and Graduate Studies.
The Copperbelt University is located on Jambo Drive, Riverside, Kitwe, Zambia
The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) is a full-time senate approved and monitored programme that runs in the evenings in the Computer Science Department of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The programme has ten (10) levels. Each level lasts six (6) months. The total duration of the programme is therefore five (5) years. The programme has two intakes per year, one in January and the other one in July.
Zambia as a country has seen the proliferation of ICTs equipment over the past few years. Government departments as well as private companies have adopted the use of ICTs in their day to day operations. The area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is one that must be taken seriously in our world today. This is so because ICTs are very important enablers for development. In fact, there can be no meaningful development in our world today without ICTs, as they currently permeate almost all areas of human endeavour. Consequently, it is paramount for any country that needs development to build a well-trained cadre of ICT Technologists and Computer Scientists. Such professionals will be in the forefront of spearheading this development. This course is designed in such a way that it will not only produce quality and competent ICT professionals but the course is structured to adequately meet the national needs and aspirations for ICT advancement.
The Government of the republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Education, introduced the learning of Computer studies and ICTs in all Primary and Secondary Schools in 2015. The country though has very few qualified Computer Science and ICT teachers. The Copperbelt University was challenged by government to meet the shortage. Last year in 2016, the University responded by introducing this programme. The programme runs on both full time and distance modes. The full time modes targets mostly school leavers whilst the distance mode targets inservice teachers. The duration for the programme is four years for full time and five years for distance, although candidate with relevant post secondary school qualifications are exempted from first year.
The main objective of this programme of study is to graduate students with a solid and professional training in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) education. The department believes that the graduates will be adequately prepared to teach a relevant ICT related subject. The programme also prepares the student for postgraduate studies in related fields both in Zambia and abroad.