As he continues engaging parastatals on the reform agenda to transform them from government dependency to financial reliance, Vice-President Saulos Chilima has hailed some public universities for the strides they are making.
On Wednesday, Chilima met the management team of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) to appreciate the progress of the reforms and challenges they are facing.
“From the onset, I expressed my satisfaction with the progress that has been made from where we started a few years ago with Luanar,” wrote Chilima on his Facebook page.
The Vice-President has further commended the university’s progressive reforms and clear strategic direction that it has.
“Just like the clarity that we saw from Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) on Tuesday, Luanar’s presentation too had clarity of thought and a clear roadmap of the vision they have for the institution,” he said.
Luanar management has also been commended for the energy diversification reform which aims at providing different sources of energy at the university’s campuses.
Chilima also engaged Vice-Chancellor of Mzuzu University (Mzuni), John Saka alongside Minister of Education, Agness Nyalonje and officials from the Department of Statutory Corporations.
Within the same week, he also held discussions with the University of Malawi (Unima) focusing on the delinking process of its colleges that started in 2018.
The initiative will form three different universities with Chancellor College retaining the Unima name; College of Medicine and Kamuzu College of Nursing will merge to form Kamuzu University of Health Sciences while the Polytechnic will be named Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences.
Chilima, however, stated that there are still a number of financial, logistical and technical issues to be finalised for the delinking process to be completed.
“On that point, we have agreed that we will all put shoulders to the wheel to ensure that the exercise is concluded in the shortest period possible,” he said.
Chilima has also met with Malawi Examination Board, Malawi Institute of Education, Malawi College of Accountancy and the Malawi Institute of Management.
The meeting with MIM, however, did not proceed because halfway through the discussion, MIM management was sent back to “fully prepare and let us know when they are ready.”
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.