Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

2 August 2014

Malawi: The 2014/2015 National Budget to Include Funds for University in Mzimba

Mzuzu — State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika announced on Friday that this year's National Budget will include funds that will be used for the designing of a university in Mzimba District.

Mutharika disclosed the development on Friday in Mzuzu when he presided over the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees to 680 students at Mzuzu University.

He said the next university to be constructed in the country will be that in Mzimba District which will be a demonstration of his commitment to improving education standards in the country.

In the state- of- the- nation address in Parliament, the State President committed himself to improving the quality of higher education in the country by, among other interventions, constructing more universities in the country.

"The site for the construction of the university has already been identified and what is left is for the designing of the university and construction will follow thereafter," said Mutharika.

Before his death, former Malawi President Professor Bingu wa Mutharika also committed himself to building several university colleges in the country, including Mombera University at Hora in Mzimba District.

Professor Peter Mutharika, who had earlier been installed as Mzuzu University Chancellor before presiding over the university's graduation ceremony, added that it was the wish of his Government to make higher education accessible, not only to a few people, but to many young people in the country.

"There are several challenges that must be addressed in the country and we are among the lowest performing country when it comes to enrolment of students in the public universities and this can only be addressed if many universities are constructed," he said.

He emphasized that the quality of university education has to be critically assessed because a degree or any other paper is of little use if the person does not get the required skills that would make them competent in their respective fields

Mutharika said the relevance of education is important if the country is to achieve the quality of education that is responsive to the country's development needs.

He explained that relevance of education in universities can help in bringing about graduates that will not depend on being employed but create jobs for themselves as well as for other youths.

Mzuzu University has this year graduated 680 students, the highest number of graduating students in the history of the institution.

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