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HEA Calls for Registration and Recognition of Colleges Providing Specialized Training

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) of Zambia has issued a directive to all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), specifically targeting colleges and institutions offering specialized training. 

The HEA urges these institutions to complete their registration with the authority by 31st March 2024. This initiative particularly targets unregistered private HEIs and public HEIs that have not yet received official recognition.

Mr. Birbal Boniface Musoba, the Corporate Communications Officer of the Higher Education Authority, issued an official statement, emphasizing the importance of compliance with the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013. 

According to Mr. Musoba, HEIs failing to register and/or gain recognition by the specified date will be publicly identified through a press release in a daily newspaper of general circulation. This identification will classify them as operating illegally, constituting a violation of the Higher Education Act.

The directive encompasses all HEIs that were previously overseen by entities such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Zambia (NMCZ), Health Professionals Council of Zambia (HPCZ), Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ), and various Ministries and Agencies of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.

In a notable move, the HEA has temporarily waived the accreditation of learning programs requirement for the affected HEIs until an orientation workshop on accreditation is conducted in April 2024. 

This decision aims to facilitate a smooth transition and expedite the process of registration and recognition for these institutions. 

The orientation workshop will also provide an opportunity for HEIs to familiarize themselves with the submission process for accreditation of learning programs.

To ensure effective communication, the HEA encourages the public to stay informed by visiting the Authority’s official website,, or by reaching out via email at or phone at +260 211 227 084.

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