By Zenak Matekenya:
State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has challenged graduates in the country to provide solutions and opportunities to the country’s problems.
Chakwera made the call Friday during the 22nd Mzuzu University (Mzuni) Congregation held virtually in Mzuzu where he was before awarding degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1186 students in various programs.
The President was also inaugurated as the fifth Chancellor for the university.
He commended scientists who he said work tirelessly in the country to combat spread of COVID-19 pandemic. He attributed the initiative as one of the best education contributions in fighting the pandemic.
“Let me remind you all that the Malawi 2063 Blue Print captures the county’s future. I now call on you to turn your minds to study and master this blue print. You are the first cohort to graduate since the launch of this document,” said Chakwera.
The President said his government would continue providing the necessary support to the country’s institutions of higher learning, including Mzuni.
He then disclosed that government had allocated K1.3 billon for construction of a library and an auditorium besides K400 million for furniture and equipment for biology, tourism and chemistry studies at the university.
Mzuni Vice Chancellor Prof. John Kalenga Saka commended government’s commitment in promoting education in the country.
He said Mzuni was working tirelessly to scale up students’ intake which he said has grown by 10 percent as of last year.
Saka said 30 per cent of the institution’s lecturers are PhD holders and that the institution is working towards achieving 60 per cent with the rest being holders of master degrees as one way of providing quality education.
He said the university has developed a proposal towards supporting the implementation of government’s initiative in creating one million jobs with emphasis on renewable energy and information communication technology.
The Vice Chancellor said a team of 15 youthful lecturers was put in place to contribute towards the realisation of Malawi 2063 Agenda.
The President awarded K200, 000 to a graduate in Bachelor of Science Education, Muhakaye Madalitso for passing with first class.
One of the graduating students in Land Management Surveying, Sylivia Chitseko, said in an interview that it was an exciting experience to graduate after waiting for such a ceremony for almost a year.
Out of the 1186 graduates, 478 are female.