The University of Malawi (Unima) has announced plans to increase enrollment by 53 percent.
Unima Vice Chancellor, Professor Samson Sajidu, made the announcement on Wednesday at a graduation ceremony held in the Great Hall in Zomba.
The university saw 1,440 graduands leaving University with various academic papers.
University Chancellor, President Lazarus Chakwera, delegated Sajidu to preside over the congregation.
Sajidu announced that one of the university’s plans was to increase enrollment from 8,000 to 15,000 by the year 2026.
“We have aligned different plans to make sure that we increase enrollment. We are working on e-learning so that we may have a high number of students. We also want that 10 percent of students should be international ones,” he said.
Sajidu also said they were committed to tallying the number of hostels to the number of students.
“The university has plans to construct hostels at the campus. We have 1,200 rooms but we have 8,000 students. It is worrisome that some of the students stay away from the campus in different locations like Chikanda, which are not a conducive environment. As such, we are going to work on that, starting from next year,” Sajidu said.
Speaking earlier, Unima Council Chairperson George Partridge said the university was working on finance mobilisation strategies.
“We get most of the funds we use from the government. Therefore, as the university continues to grow, we need more funds. As such, it is not ideal to depend wholly on the government. We need to generate our funds as well,” he said.
He, therefore, hailed the government for continuing to support the institution.
The graduates include 636 males and 804 females from all four constituent colleges of Unima before it was delinked.
The graduation was held in two streams, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.