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Peter Mutharika urges universities to be innovative

President Peter Mutharika has called for systematic improvement in the education sector if Malawi is to be a leading producer and exporter of various quality commodities in Africa.

Mutharika said this can be done by strengthening higher education through the introduction of more science and technology programmes in institutions of higher learning in the country.

He cited China, Brazil and other countries as leading producers of various commodities in the world because they built capacities in their respective universities.

Mutharika was speaking at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre after being crowned champion for higher education in Africa by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (Ruforum) “For that to happen, we need a highly skilled workforce that can bring an innovation through science and technology with an emphasis on quality and efficiency,” said Mutharika.

He conceded that higher education institutions in the country have low enrolment, hence the introduction of Mombera University in the Northern Region.

Mutharika also said his duty as a leader was to end poverty by encouraging higher education to be innovative and increasing enrolment in universities.

Mutharika, who is the author of several international books on law, Chancellor of the University of Malawi, a politician, lawyer and President of the Republic, was crowned champion of Higher Education by Ruforum Executive Secretary Adipala Ekwamu.

In his remarks, Ekwamu commended the President for championing the agenda to revitalise higher education in Africa so that the continent has the required human resources and institutions.

The forum has a network of 46 universities in Africa which includes Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) where Mutharika is also Chancellor.

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