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Government has challenged students that have graduated from Mzuzu University (Mzuni) not to go out and look for jobs but help create jobs for others, which in turn can boost the local economy.

Deputy Minister of Education, Monica Chang’anamuno, said this Friday during the 24th congregation of the university in Mzuzu.

She said the world has changed and people should be innovative and use what they learn in class to create jobs.

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“In 1970s and 80s, employers were coming to employ people during occasions like these. But now, things have changed. Students apply for jobs and demand is always high. That is the reason we are saying let them go out there and create jobs using the knowledge they have acquired from this reputable institution,” Chang’anamuno said.

Mzuni Council Board Chairperson, Hawa Ndilowe, said the university has submitted to government its plan to expand by establishing Choma campus.

“The university is still getting many students into different studies. The demand is still high. That is the reason Choma campus development is also one of our priorities. We want, come next budget, the project to be allocated resources so that we make more progress,” Ndilowe said.

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The university’s vice chancellor John Kalenga Saka said efforts have been made to ensure problems like the shortage of space are addressed as soon as possible.

“We are doing our work in line with Malawi 2063 on human capital area. We want to complement government by ensuring that people are educated and contribute positively to the country’s development,” Saka said.

Up to 1,881 students have graduated in different programmes, out of which 758 are female.

Mzuni was established in 1997 and its first graduation was in 2001 with 26 students.

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