The Opportunities and Challenges Faced by University Councils in Zambia in The Process of Managing Academic Staff in Higher Education Institutions
- Country : Zambia
- Subject : Education
The study focused on management of academic staff by the university councils as managers. The academic staff for this study comprised of the vice chancellor, deputy vice chancellor, the deans of schools and directors of institutes, all members of staff engaged in teaching and research and the librarian. The main objectives of the study were; to establish the opportunities realized by the university councils of the public universities while managing the academic staff, to determine the challenges faced by the university councils of the public universities while managing the academic staff and to examine the main roles of the university council of the public universities while managing the academic staff. The main purpose was to find out the opportunities and the challenges faced by the university councils as they manage public universities.
The findings of the study were that, the opportunities of managing the academic staff by the university councils were that of producing researchers, educators, producing self-employed citizens, economists, developing academia citizenship, promotion of discoveries and consultancy. The study also found out the challenges faced by the university councils while managing the academic staff such financial constraints, the use of modern technology, leadership development, human resource retention, succession planning, staffing recruitment, organization effectiveness and problem of infrastructure.
The population comprised of lecturers at Kwame Nkrumah University with a sample of 15 lecturers. The instrument used was the interview schedule.