Rusangu University, formerly known as Zambia Adventist University, is a private coeducational Christian university based in Rusangu Mission near Monze in Zambia. It is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is considered as one of the best universities in Zambia and in Africa region. This is known for its academic standards and research contributions.
It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.
In 1903 William Harrison Anderson, a Christian missionary of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, crossed the Zambezi River from Solusi Mission in Zimbabwe to set up the Rusangu Mission in Zambia in 1905. King Lewanika of the Barotse people had invited Anderson to come into his territory and establish the mission.
Anderson walked 900 miles before deciding on a location. He described how he chose the site:
In locating the new mission there was a combination of four things that I especially desired. First, of course, was proximity to the native. A person can accomplish very little in laboring for the people unless he is near them. Secondly, we wanted a good supply of water...we wanted water for irrigation, that we might raise fruit and garden produce. Thirdly we desired proximity to the railway line... so I followed the watershed, in the hope that we might be near the railway line when it was built through the country.... The fourth point we desired was to establish an industrial mission, where the natives might be taught to work, which is one of the principles of the gospel. We therefore wanted good soil.
Anderson and his wife arrived on the farm the fifth of September 1905. He built their home, planted a garden, developed a farm, built a school-house, taught the school, and acted as doctor and nurse to the people who came to the station for help.
From this mission station, grew the Rusangu Primary School, the Rusangu Secondary School and eventually in 1975 the Rusangu Ministerial School. In 1993, the Rusangu Ministerial School changed its name to Zambia Adventist Seminary. A year later in 1994, the Seminary was closed to pave way for re-organization.
In 1997, plans to re-open the Seminary brought the idea of the Zambia Adventist College that would offer other courses in addition to theology and pastoral training. In 2000, an in-service program for serving church pastors began at Riverside Farm Institute in collaboration with Solusi University. With the full development of the Zambia Adventist College idea, this pastors’ program finally moved back to the historic Rusangu Mission site in May 2003. Rapid developments have since given birth to a full-fledged Zambia Adventist university, now Rusangu University.School of Business
School of Education
School of Humanities and School Sciences
School of Science and Technology
School of Theology and Religious Studies
School of Graduate Studies
Graduate School offers excellent master's degree programs and providing excellent academic quality. Rusangu University's School of Graduate Studies is well known for its research and quality teaching in this region. Alumni of this school are well known in this country and well placed in the society. They are known for their quality deliverance of the programs. Current they have the following programs:
M.Ed Educational Administration
M.ED Curriculum development
M.Ed Applied Linguistics
M.Ed Religious Studies
M. Ed Primary Education
M.Ed Educational Administration & Curriculum
M.Sc Software Engineering.Rupiah Banda, former Zambian President, PhD in Political Science
Kenneth Kaunda, First President of Zambia, PhD in Political Science