The University of Malawi has lamented that former students of the university are not forthcoming to be part of the revamped University of Malawi Alumni Association.
Vice Chancellor of the university Professor Alfred Mtenje said this on Friday during the alumni night in Mzuzu, where he said attendance to the various regional meetings in past weeks has not been so impressive.
The development, according to Mtenje, is worrisome since alumni are an important component of every academic institution.
He then disclosed that the university is working at revamping the association in order to bring its thousands of graduates closer to the institution so that they help in rectifying a number of challenges that Unima is facing.
“We are trying to mobilise all the alumni of the Unima so that they can help in spearheading the Unima agenda, one of which includes ensuring that needy students coming after them attain higher education,” Mtenje said.
He added that once the institution is done with the registration process and enactment of the group’s constitution, the alumni will have opportunity to conduct lectures, research and also have motivational talks to students at the various Unima constituent colleges that they graduated from.
“In its 51 years of existence, Unima has graduated over 50,000 graduates who have failed to give back to their respective colleges. We are revamping the association in an effort to link them with the university so that they can add value to its operations,” Mtenje said.
And Interim Chairperson for the Northern Region Chapter Chrispin Mphande said it is high time Unima graduates were proud of the institution that shaped them into what they are today.
“We are committed to the cause but one thing for sure is that we don’t want any political influence in our affairs. We want to be that voice of reason on matters of the university,” Mphande said.
Section 4 of the University of Malawi Act provides that all graduates of the university are members of the university, and that Section 11 stipulates that there shall be one member to council elected by the Unima alumni association.
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