SOUTHERN University has been deregistered from operating as a higher education university in Zambia by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
The Livingstone-based University has since been requested to surrender the original certificate of registration to the Authority within seven days.
In a statement published today, the Authority has further directed the University to stop operations according the provisions of the Act or face the law.
“Higher Education Authority (HEA) has, in accordance with the provisions of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV: Section 23 (3), forthwith deregistered Southern University, certificate No. HEA/008, from operating as a Higher Education Institution within the Republic of Zambia.
“The institution had, therefore, been directed to stop all operations and, according to the provisions of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV: Section 23 (4) and (5), was given seven days to surrender the original certificate of registration to the Authority or risk being liable, upon conviction, to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years, or to both,” reads the statement.
The deregistration of the University has been gazetted in Gazette Notice No. 854 of 2020, which was published on Friday, 11th September, 2020.
“HEA will continue its sustained efforts in ensuring quality in higher Education by vigorously conducting institutional audits on HEIs so that the provision of higher education in Zambia fulfils the Seventh National Development Plan of “Enhancing Human Development,” HEA says.