President Peter Mutharika has said the country needs meaningful education if it is to develop.
Mutharika spoke during the first graduation ceremony of Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) Tuesday.
He said Malawi is rich in resources but needs education systems which can teach and change people’s mindset.
“We must turn our problems we face into opportunities. Every day, we see people coming from elsewhere taking advantage of the country’s many problems to make money for themselves. We need to change our mindset and we need education that is meaningful, tactical and relevant,” he said.
Mutharika challenged the graduating students to be job creators and not seekers, saying entrepreneurship is the way to go.
“If everybody expects to be employed by someone, nobody will be employed. I am glad that Must has incorporated entrepreneurship in all its programmes because entrepreneurship is the way to go,” he said.
Must opened its doors in 2014 with 120 students but the enrolment has increased to 2,073.
It started with eight academic members of staff but now has 120 with the university aiming to have 75 percent of its academic staff with PhDs by 2022.
During the first congregation Tuesday, 195 students were awarded certificates. Thirty-six graduating students are females.
Must Vice-Chancellor, Professor Address Malata, said the university has tailor-made programmes to meet needs and aspirations of the country.
“We do not develop the programmes just for the sake of developing programmes. Our programmes take into account all the development blueprints such as Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II and III and the Africa Agenda 2063,” she said.
Malata then challenged the graduating students that being the first crops of the university, they needed to be good ambassadors of the university by being professional, innovative, competitive and have integrity.