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Lameck Goma
Profile by Eric Gondwe

Professor Lameck Kazembe Hazal Goma was born on April 8, 1930, in Lundazi, Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia). He went to Lubwa Mission school, in Chinsali District, Zambia.

Professor Goma is a renowned biologist. He studied at University of Fort Hare (formerly South African Native College). He taught Zoology at Makerere University, in Uganda and University of Ghana, Legon (Accra).

Professor Lameck Goma is the first indigenous vice-chancellor of the University of Zambia (UNZA). Later he served as minister in the First Republic under President Kenneth Kaunda. He was minister of higher education, foreign minister (1981-86), and served in various Government portfolios.

Upon retirement from politics, he led a private life at his farm, in Lusaka. He remained active writing scientific papers and addressing professional associations.

In 2002 President Levy Mwanawasa appointed Professor Lameck Goma as chancellor of the University of Zambia. The chancellor position, a primarily patronage position without active duty, was a custom seat occupied by the Zambian president. Thus the vice-chancellor remained under the president’s authority who served as chancellor. It was a symbolic turning point for Zambia as President Mwanawasa freed the University from being under the executive branch of Government.

President Mwanawasa gave the same title to Professor Muyunda Mwanalushi to be chancellor of the Copperbelt University (CBU). According to a State House public relations and press news dispatch, the President made the appointments in order to demonstrate his commitment to educational excellence to set high academic standards.

Professor Lameck Goma died on January 11, 2004. He was married to Yvonne Goma. He is survived by two sons and grand children.

Professor Lameck Goma authored numerous scientific papers. He is the co-author of The African Experience with Higher Education, Ohio University Press, 1996, ISBN-13: 978-0821411612.

Table of Contents:
Ch. 1. Antecedents, Before 1900
Ch. 2. Colonialism and Higher Education
Ch. 3. Decolonization and Higher Education, 1945-1960
Ch. 4. The Politics of Independence and Higher Education 1960-70
Ch. 5. The Association of African Universities
Ch. 6. Higher Education and African Development, 1970s and 1980s
Ch. 7. The Problems of the 1990s
Ch. 8. Special Issues
Ch. 9. The Mission of the University Reviewed
Ch. 10. New Expectations and Reorientations
Ch. 11. The Outreach
App. I. Handbook on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy
App. II. Code of Conduct for Academics
Selected Bibliography and References

Main References

The Times of Zambia, newspaper archives



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