President Lazarus Chakwera has said his administration is determined to support efforts towards promoting education that solves problems.
Chakwera made the statement Friday during Mzuzu University (Mzuni)’s 22nd virtual congregation in Mzuzu.
During the ceremony, Chakwera was also officially installed as Mzuni’s fifth Chancellor.
He said thus far, government has provided K1.3 billion for the construction of a library and auditorium for Mzuni in the 2020/21 financial year, among others.
“K200 million in 2020/21 budget for furniture and equipment for the Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Management Skills Application Centre; and another MK200 million towards the procurement of scientific equipment for the departments of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science and Chemistry. These are not hand-outs to be squandered on consumption, but seeds to be invested for tomorrow,” he said.
Chakwera called upon those that graduated to tune their minds towards the study and mastery of the Malawi 2063 blueprint.
He said pursuing national vision is an enterprise that calls the nation to create solutions in order to solve problems.
“It is an enterprise that not only requires embracing progressive changes in the world around you, but also requires advancing progressive changes into the future ahead of you. It is an enterprise that will put the full array of your talents and training to good use, thus producing the outcomes that higher education is meant to produce,” he said.
Mzuni Vice Chancellor John Kalenga Saka said they have commissioned a 15-member committee whose aim is to help in aligning the Malawi 2063 to the institution’s programmes.
“A systemic analysis of the institution has revealed that for the university to grow and be the choicest university in a competitive environment, the university should fully exploit the results of the functional review…so the university has initiated the process of developing a 10 year strategic plan which will be aligned to the Malawi 2063,” he said.
One of the graduating students, Silvia Chitseko, now a land surveyor, said she has ideas that would help create jobs for others.
At least 1,189 students have graduated and include 478 females, representing 40.2 percent. Out of the total number, 789 are Open Distance Learning students.