President Lazarus Chakwera Tuesday said science and technology would be key to the realisation of Malawi 2063 vision.
Chakwera was speaking when he presided over the second congregation of Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) on Tuesday, when he was also installed as chancellor of the university.
“More importantly, Stem [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] graduates from universities like Must are integral to our collective pursuit of the national vision called Malawi 2063, a vision that transcends presidents and their administrations.
“As you may recall, the national vision is to become an inclusively wealthy and self-reliant industrialised upper-middle-income country. But how can any of our natural wealth be made inclusive without being turned into developmental and economic wealth? And how can we turn that natural wealth into developmental wealth without science and technology?” he queried.
Chakwera said the same rule applies to the country’s quest to become a self-reliant and industrialised country at household, community and national levels.
“To end government’s reliance on foreign aid, we have to end citizens’ reliance on government aid; to end citizens’ reliance on government aid, we have to end our people’s poverty and unemployment; to end our people’s poverty and unemployment, we have to equip them with marketable skills.
“If you ask me, every single page of Malawi 2063 is calling out to you, Stem graduands from Must, to leave this place with your mind focused on turning your education into an enterprise,” the President said.
Chakwera then challenged the graduands to acquire additional skills in entrepreneurship if they were to be successful.
“To turn your education into an enterprise, you need more than this education you have received,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Must Vice- Chancellor Professor Address Malata urged the graduands to be professional, saying they represent the excellence of the university.