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Unima drafts over K10bn research projects plan

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sakaThe  University of Malawi (Unima) says it is currently drafting a five-year research projects plan which will require US$15 million (over K10 billion) to materialise.

Unima Vice Chancellor John Saka said this after presiding over the first 2016 university congregation in Zomba on Wednesday.

According to Saka, the success of the proposal will see the university strengthening its postgraduate studies and doing multi-disciplinary research projects with other public universities and the private sector.

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“It is only through research that we are able to generate new knowledge, to inform practices, to add value to the processes. Consequently, we have within the budget, funds to be able to generate new academics to participate in research. There is also consultancy policy which is being implemented. Interestingly, with our engagement within the government, we are writing a large proposal to support research in various aspects within the economy and we would like to put it probably at around 10 million pounds or 15 million in the next three to five years.

“Through that, we will strengthen our postgraduate studies and indeed new members of staff can go into their own research. We can also do multi-disciplinary research within the university and across the university with other public universities in Malawi but also drawing from industries,” Saka said.

Saka said the College of Medicine is bidding successfully to establish a World Bank African Centre of Excellence on public health and herbal medicine.

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“This is a unique opportunity for the university to support the health sector particularly exploiting the plant resources for the treatment of various diseases. The project will lead in postgraduate studies and support post doctoral research and thus enhance the College of Medicine and hence University research leadership at continental and world level,” he said.

During the congregation, 744 graduated with bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and PHDs in various University of Malawi programmes. Out of the 744, 383 are female representing 51.47 percent.

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