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Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett with alumni from Zambia at the StudyPerth reception in Lusaka on Thursday (January 30).
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett with alumni from Zambia at the StudyPerth reception in Lusaka on Thursday (January 30).
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett with alumni from Zambia at the StudyPerth reception in Lusaka on Thursday (January 30).

StudyPerth hosted an Education Roundtable with senior academics from prominent West Australian (WA) universities and colleges plus key Zambian government delegates, educational figures and business people to identify areas of workforce development and skills that are needed in Zambia and explore how WA universities and colleges might play a role in contributing to this process.

The Roundtable successfully identified a number of areas for further investigation.

Following the Roundtable, a Friends of Perth Cocktail took place at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel on Thursday January 30, 2014, where Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett met Zambians from government, education, business and mining organisations.

“It was fantastic to hear first-hand from some of the students about their experience living and studying in Perth and how it helped them in their careers in Zambia,” Mr Barnett said.

“Many of the networks they developed in Perth have helped to drive international business exchange between the two countries and foster two-way growth to the betterment of both jurisdictions.”

Prof David Wood, Chair of the StudyPerth Board and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of Curtin University said: “Zambian students are an important part of the international student landscape in Perth and Western Australia. We are proud of our alumni who have not only thrived professionally upon returning home but who have also imparted cultural understanding of Zambian culture when in Australia, and Australian culture when at home.”

StudyPerth and the West Australian universities and colleges have been actively working in Zambia for the past 15 years and were in Zambia on their annual education mission to Lusaka where they worked with counsellors and principals of local schools and met with the parents of students, interested in obtaining quality information about study abroad. They also conducted a lively discussion on careers of the future and highlighted some of the life-changing research currently being conducted at Perth universities.

About StudyPerth

StudyPerth, formerly Perth Education City, is a not-for-profit industry and government supported organisation. It is WA’s premier body responsible for branding and promoting Perth and WA as a world-class study destination and helps facilitate links between educational providers and WA. StudyPerth works with governments, industry bodies and business and with most leading WA educational institutions, including the State’s five world-class universities, plus numerous pathway and vocational education providers, primary and secondary schools, and English language colleges – both from the public and private sector.

Minister for Education, Science Vocational Training and Early Education Hon. Dr John Phiri (centre) hands over a braille version of the  new book In Retrospect

Minister for Education, Science Vocational Training and Early Education Hon. Dr John Phiri (centre) hands over a braille version of the new book In Retrospect to  Sydney Mbangweta, Grade 10 at Munali Boys’ School, watched by its author Brenda Muntemba, Henry Chanda, Director at the Centre for the Visually Impaired, and pupils from Kabulonga Girls’ School.

The ceremony took place at Kabulonga Girls’ School on September 19, where the print and braille book was officially launched by the minister, who urged pupils to appreciate the central importance of reading and writing in their lives.

Late Sikwebela Malitela
Late Sikwebela Malitela

The Zambian Government has said they will repatriate the remains of Sikwebela Malitela. The government had earlier said it will not  be responsible for the payment of bringing the body of Sikwebela. And this prompted a lot of Zambians in the Diaspora to start fundraising.

But Mueti Moomba from Crossfire Blog Radio announced on Facebook yesterday that he spoke to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Given Lubinda who informed him about the government change of mind.

Sikwebele, 28, died and his body was discovered in a river with a bag of stones strapped around it. He had been studying medicine through a privately-sourced scholarship.

First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in Germany, Yvonne Shibemba announced Mr Sikwebele’s death in a statement from Berlin.

She said police investigations are still going on on the cause of his death.

She said Mr Sikwebele is believed to have travelled to the Czech Republic in 2005 on a privately-sourced scholarship to further his studies in the field of medicine.

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Banking can offer a rewarding career – it is a modern and diverse business and encompasses many specialist functions. Think of ‘banking’ as a wrapper, with a perhaps surprisingly wide range of careers inside it.

As well as the more obvious, such as accountancy, law and taxation, your career could develop into areas such as public relations, marketing, languages, security, hospitality or catering. And, of course, with the plethora of electronic services that banks use both internally and externally, there are many opportunities relating to information technology.

More than a million people work in financial services across the UK. Most of these roles are people-facing, so you’ll need to be confident, like working with people and have good communication skills. You’ll also need to be accurate, conscientious and hard-working.

In this leaflet you can find out about different types of banking jobs, entry requirements and training opportunities, and where you can find further information.

Types of banking jobs

Customer relations:

Front line customer-facing roles can be based either in a branch, a specialist business area or at a call centre. You could be working at a branch counter as a customer services representative or, after suitable training of course, a specialist adviser on the bank’s products and services, helping customers make crucial decisions on financial planning, investments or taking out a mortgage.

‘Head office’ roles:

Head office roles cover the specialist areas of banking such as human resources, legal and audit and inspection. Decisions made at this level can have a wide-ranging impact on the whole of the bank and the role would suit someone who gives a high level of attention to detail, is tenacious and is able to work on their own as well as part of a team.

Some of these roles will involve a degree of travel.

International roles:

London is one of the three major international financial centres in the world and handles one-third of the total world foreign exchange. There are more than 300 banks in London and many of these have their head offices in other countries. There are many opportunities to become involved in the global money markets and for international travel but the work pressures in this round-the-clock environment won’t suit everybody.

Entry requirements and training opportunities

Entry requirements:

Banks generally recruit staff at a variety of levels but as a guide, five GCSEs in academic subjects will usually be required. Recruitment for senior management roles is normally – but not exclusively – through the graduate route and at least a 2:1 degree will usually be required.

Most subjects are accepted, but finance and business based degrees will be advantageous. For specialist roles, a suitable relevant degree or equivalent qualification would be appropriate.

Placements, internships and work experience:

Most banks have at least some opportunities for placements and internships, ranging from work experience to fixed-term placements as part of a graduate training programme. A growing number of banks are offering modern apprenticeships.

Training:

Banks will provide all the training you need for the job and for developing specialist skills that you need for your work. The training can be face-to-face, IT-based or ‘on the job’. Some of the more specialist training is provided externally.

Outside activities:

Your leisure activities can help with your job application as well as your academic achievements so it’s important that you share these with the bank when you apply for a job. If you are good at sport it shows that you are competitive; if you’ve been a team captain or held a similar key position then it demonstrates responsibility and leadership skills.

Perhaps you like solving puzzles or crosswords – this demonstrates your problem solving skills. Being a member of Scouts or Guides or other similar organisation helps to develop team building and a Queen’s Award or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award further demonstrates your organisational, leadership and problem solving abilities. Some work experience, either paid or unpaid, is a useful background too, because it shows commitment.

Opportunities:

Whether or not you are a graduate, there are great opportunities in banking for progressing along your chosen career path. Banks will provide appropriate training and in some cases meet tuition fees for professional qualifications, too. Banking is a 24 hour, non-stop industry and if you are prepared to be flexible in your role, in your working hours and your location, even more opportunities are there for you.

More information:

Individual banks will provide information on their own vacancies and schemes on their websites. The main High Street banks’ web addresses are provided below but the list is by no means exhaustive.

More information on careers in finance, accountancy and financial services is available from the Financial Skills Partnership’s Directions service – www.directions.org.uk/careers. Explore opportunities to join the industry, from work experience, apprenticeships, internships and graduate programmes at www.directions.org.uk/getting-in.

In June 2012 UKBORDER AGENCY annouced that from 1 October 2012 applications for further leave will be refused if you have overstayed your leave by more than 28 days at the point you made your application. The new rules already apply to applications made under the family migration route and, from 1 October 2012, will apply to applications under the remaining routes which were made on or after 9 July 2012.

If you have limited leave to remain you must ensure you apply to extend your leave in good time if you are applying for further leave under:

  • the points-based system;
  • all working and student routes;
  • visiting routes;
  • long residency routes;
  • discharged HM Forces; or
  • UK ancestry routes.

If you have limited leave to remain you must ensure you apply to extend your leave, if needed, in time. If you wish to remain in the UK after the 28 day period you should leave the UK and reapply for a visa.

Switching from study to Tier 2

The rules changes do not affect the existing requirement for migrants seeking to switch from a study route into Tier 2 of the points-based system. If you are seeking to switch from a study route into Tier 2 you must have valid leave to remain at the point you make your application.

Applying under Tier 4

If you are applying to extend your Tier 4 (Student) leave the gap between the end of your current leave and the start of your studies must be no more than 28 days.This change will affect all Tier 4 applications for further leave to remain that are made on or after 1 October 2012.

Emirates introduces new onboard toys - monster character from the‘Fly With Me Monster’ collection
Emirates introduces new onboard toys - monster character from the‘Fly With Me Monster’ collection

Emirates’ young globalistas can now enjoy the company of new travel companions with the introduction of a new collection of onboard toys. With two ranges of toys aimed at pre-school and older children, the travel experience has been further refined by Emirates to enable young passengers to have an entertaining, memorable journey.

Children from Zambia can now join in the fun, following the launch of the airline’s five-times-a-week service from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to Dubai in February.

Pre-school children can look forward to collecting a range of original monster characters from the ‘Fly With Me Monster’ collection. The playful monsters – Jimbob, Tezz, Camus and Wagga, each have their own personalities and traits, and are ideal characters to fuel a child’s imagination. Each monster toy comes in three product categories; Blanket Buddies – plush characters wrapped around soft polar fleece blankets, Seat Belt Critters – little toys worn around a seat belt to encourage safety, and Magnetic Sketchers where Emirates’ youngest customers can unleash their inner Picasso for hours of creativity and entertainment.

For older children, Emirates will offer a range of new travel-inspired products co-designed with iconic lifestyle brand Quiksilver. Tapping into the spirit of adventure, travel and the great outdoors, the Quiksilver collection is designed around three themes – surfing, snowboarding and skating. The collection features travel folios aimed at encouraging personalization and discovery, velcro surf-style wallets with the latest Quiksilver graphics and fun-fact game cards which combine inspirational photography from Quiksilver’s own photo archives with Emirates’ diverse destinations.

“We are constantly seeking more dynamic entertainment options for our discerning young travellers, when they are onboard,” said Terry Daly, Divisional Senior Vice President, Service Delivery, Emirates. “Families have come to expect the stress-free and enjoyable travel experience Emirates is known for, and the introduction of these new toys, reinforces our commitment to ensuring that families have access to rich, meaningful entertainment content across multiple platforms.”

All Emirates flights will offer a selection of the new toys for pre-schoolers with the Quiksilver products on long-haul flights over five hours. Young flyers can also enjoy the existing range of children’s products including the E-kids magazine, colour pencils, branded Emirates rucksacks and cooler bags, children’s eyeshades and the popular Dr. Seuss books. The new toy collections combined with an updated in-flight entertainment system ice and a dedicated children’s onboard menu with its own colourful livery, underpins Emirates’ commitment to providing families with a hassle-free, relaxing journey.

About Emirates

Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has received more than 500 international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 124 destinations in 74 countries across six continents and is the world’s largest airline in available seat kilometres. Operating 173 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including an industry leading 21 A380s, Emirates has orders for an additional 230 aircraft, worth more than USD$84 billion. For more information please visit www.emirates.com/zm

Hello, I am a postgraduate student in Management and Finance and I am doing my dissertation on the Chinese conquest of Africa: The case of Zambia. I need the Zambian opinion about the situation. This would help me to answer the following question: Is China a neocolonist. Email me to: adja210@msn.com

Thank you for your time.

 

Survey on the China conquest of Zambia

 

 

  • What is your profession?
    • Student
    • Executive
    • Worker
    • Unemployed

 

 

  • In which city do you live?

 

 

  • Are there Chinese companies in your city?
    • A lot
    • A few
    • No

 

 

  • What do you know about Chinese culture?
    • Language
    • Martial Arts
    • Food
    • Traditions
    • History

 

 

  • Do you feel that the Chinese try to learn about the Zambian culture and adapt themselves to it?
    • Yes, a lot
    • Yes, a little
    • Not at all

 

 

 

  • What do you think about the Chinese’s presence in your country?
    • I am happy with their presence
    • I don’t care
    • I totally disagree

 

  • Do you think that the Chinese’s presence represent an opportunity for the development of Zambia?
    • Yes
    • No

Why?

 

  • Do you consider the Chinese- Zambian relationship more advantageous than the Western countries / Zambian relationship for the development of the country?
    • Yes
    • No

 

 

  • Do you think that Chinese intentions towards Zambian were sincere when they decided to finance the TAZARA railway?
    • Yes
    • No

 

 

  • Do you believe that China has the same intentions as Britain (the former colonialist) to take advantage of all the privileges of the country?
    • Yes
    • No

 

Explain your response:

 

  • If your response was yes for the previous question, do you think that Chinese are paying for the apprehension resulting from British colonization of Zambia when they never took part of it?
    • Yes
    • No

 

Explain if you want:

 

  • The last presidential election was essentially about China. Do you know why?
    • Because of Chinese companies poor working conditions
    • Because of corruption (Chinese companies that bribe the previous government)
    • Because of the feeling that there are taking advantage of the mineral resources of Zambia
    • Because they are too much present in Zambia

 

  • Do you think that the president recently elected will change the country long relationship with China?
    • Yes
    • No

 

Explain if you want.

 

 

  • What kind of measures could help to improve the relations between Chinese and the Zambian population?
    • To spread Chinese culture in order to understand their way of working
    • Government control on Chinese activities

 

 

  • Do you believe that the immigration regulation of Chinese in your country is a good solution?
    • Yes
    • No