Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mzuzu University (Mzuni) for enhancement of sports managers’ skills.
Moc President Jappie Mhango said the country is stagnating in sports development due to poorly trained managers.
Speaking during the signing ceremony of the MoU Wednesday at Mzuni’s Dunduzu Campus, Mhango said they opted to partner Mzuni because of its long time interest in promoting sports.
“Currently, most of the people managing sports in the country are not specialised or were not properly trained in the management of various games. These are people trained in different fields but found themselves managing sports. So, we want those ones to be given special training to achieve our desired goals,” Mhango said.
Mzuni Vice Chancellor John Kalenga-Saka said the university will introduce a bachelor of science in sports management course which will start with at least 40 students.
“We, as a university, have a responsibility to build national human capital in all sectors of the economy including various sporting activities. Our partnership with the Malawi Olympic Committee is very strategic because they have that overall responsibility towards supporting the government in ensuring the development of different sports disciplines.
“Through the Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Management, we have developed a programme in sports management. This gives us the opportunity to support Malawi sport so that individuals who are in the sports sector acquire the needed skills mix,” Kalenga-Saka said.
Football Association of Malawi Technical Director John Kaputa, who is also Moc General Secretary, and Mzuni’s Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Management head Lameck Khonje attended the ceremony.
Mzuni already has several certificate and diploma courses in sports.