Northrise University was founded in January 2004. The vision was conceived in 1988 through the experiences of its founders Doreen and Moffat Zimba. Born in Zambia, both Doreen and Moffat suffered from the lack of educational opportunities for high school graduates that still characterize their country. In faith Moffat and Doreen left Zambia to attend a Bible college in Australia. Upon completion, God called them to Southern California where Moffat received his Doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary and Doreen received her MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
While on this educational journey, God strengthened Doreen and Moffat's vision of starting a school in Zambia. Over time, He nourished their desire to impact the living conditions of Zambians through higher education. Thus the concept of Northrise University, an institution that empowers Zambians by providing an education that nourishes and developes the spiritual and economic capacity of the Zambian people, was initiated.
Their passion for the Northrise vision, their faith, and above all God's guidance, brought other people to the vision, and support groups were founded in Australia, the United States, and in Zambia. Many people brought intellectual and financial resources, prayer and commitment to the project, and in January 2004 the vision of Doreen and Moffat Zimba was realized.
Northrise University is the first nationally recognized private university in Zambia and today it is a fully functioning university, empowering its students daily with the skills to succeed in the workplace while living Christ-centered lives.