About Us

Introduction

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology College (ZICTC) is a major public teaching institution with a population of about 3,700 students and 80 academic staff members.

The ZICTC currently falls under the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) who run it on behalf of the Government of Zambia. It operates in an autonomous way and enjoys quality affiliations with locally and internationally recognized Institutions. Under this operation approach, the college is open to the public and has been growing its range of courses as well as growing the student population. Initially created as an in-service training center for the Post and Telecommunications Corporation (PTC), the college has grown and transformed into a public higher education institution of note offering a growing range of courses both in Academic and professional fields. While the size and complexity of the institution has changed dramatically since its inception, ZICT has remained true to its origins: to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make contributions that will change the world at large and Zambia in particular.

Location

The ZICT is located in the City of Ndola on the Copperbelt province. It is located along Kalewa Road in Northrise, a predominantly residential area, and is approximately 3km from the Ndola Central Business District. Ndola is the third largest city in Zambia after Lusaka and Kitwe in terms of size and population, with a population of 475,194 (2010 census provisional)

The city of Ndola is located 62 km from Kitwe and 40 Km from Luanshya which are two important mining towns in Zambia. The city is also approximately 10km from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The city has good road links to both these two cities and is also linked to Lusaka and the southern parts of Zambia by both road and railway. The city has an international airport which links it to other countries in Africa.

Ndola was a major manufacturing hub in Zambia and this potential remains important and key to the cities development.

The campus is very accessible within Ndola as it is located on a key mini-bus and taxi route from the CBD.

ZICTC Location within the Ndola Education Context

The location of the ZICTC within the Copperbelt in general and Ndola in particular gives it significant geographic advantages due to its centrality. There are several primary and secondary schools within a 10km radius of the college. These are potential feeders into the College. There are also several tertiary education institutions within Ndola and the Copperbelt. While these maybe seen as competitors, they however help to provide and contribute to an education community that is critical and important to the development of the ZICTC.

Historical Background

The college’s history and development has been influenced by development on the Posts and Telecommunications industry and its evolution in Zambia. The first telephone exchange in Zambia was installed in Livingstone as part of the General Post Office (GPO). After the Mulungushi Reforms of 1972, GPO transformed into the Zambian Post and Telecommunication Corporation (PTC) in 1975 as a State Owned Enterprise (SOE). To address the need of staff training and development, the college was established as an in-service training institution for the GPO with the support of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), to provide in-service training for staff and the region. It was officially opened in 1972 by Fwanyanga Mulikita then Minister of Power, Transport and Communication.

After 1991, Zambia adopted a liberalized economic structure which saw the streamlining of SOEs to promote efficiency and service delivery. As a consequence of this, the government of Zambia passed a Telecommunications Act in July 1994 that resulted in the splitting up of the Post and Telecommunications Corporation into two separate companies: the Zambia Postal Services Corporation (Zampost), and the Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel). With an orientation towards telecommunications, the college was linked to the newly created Zamtel. Privatisation of Zamtel in 2010 saw the college separated as an entity directly under the Zambian government, making it directly under the control of the government. Realizing its broader function, it was renamed the Zambia Information and Communications Technology College. This allowed the institution to spread its wings and embrace a broader view of its growth potential. It opened its doors to a wider range of courses as well as seeing itself as a future center of excellence and a leader in ICT. In cooperation with Huawei Technologies, the College opened its ICT Center of excellence (ICE) to improve its infrastructure and be able to offer quality world class services.

The Future of ZICTC

Guided by its vision and mission, growing need and demand for quality tertiary education in Zambia and the Southern African region, ZICTC has set itself on a path of growth. In addition to this future outlook the college also aims to improve its infrastructure to meet current needs.

The college management is currently working on a new strategic plan that is aimed at guiding the institutions growth and development into the future. Currently the future aspirations are to be self sustained and expand its offerings in terms of programmes and courses offered. It sees itself as transforming into a fully-fledged University with appropriate infrastructure and facilities to support education and research activities.

OUR VISION

To Be an Institution of Choice in innovation, ICT Talent Training and Smart Solutions in Southern Africa.

OUR MISSION

To Provide Training and Solutions That Produce Graduates with Outstanding Technological Skills in Southern Africa through an Enabling Learning Environment.