FEMALES HEADLINE UNIMA GRADUATION
The graduation ceremony, which was the first after the official delinking of the University of Malawi to 3 universities: MUBAS (Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences, KUHeS (Kamuzu University of Health Sciences) and UNIMA (University of Malawi), took place at Chancellor College (now University of Malawi), Zomba.
The graduands were awarded certificates, diplomas, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in various programs, respectively.
The ceremony was presided over by UNIMA Vice Chancellor, Professor Samson Sajidu. Other officials who graced the occasion included MUBAS Vice Chancellor, Associate Professor Dr. Nancy Chitera; the Chairperson of Council for the University of Malawi, Mr. George Partridge; and the Minister of Education, Honourable Agnes Makonda Nyalonje. .
In his remarks, Mr. George Partridge congratulated the students for their success as they got their respective desired qualifications. He further applauded the government for supporting UNIMA in several areas whilst highlighting challenges that public universities are facing, which include accommodation.
Partridge was then joined by Samson Sajidu who, in his remarks, extended his gratitude to the Malawi President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera, and all the invited guests that were present.
Sajidu further pointed out that the Universities will comply with Vision 2063 in not only ensuring that hostels are built to accommodate students but also ensuring that students with special needs are considered. He further expressed his hopes that E-learning and the ODeL systems will be strengthened and that the universities’ international visibility will be enhanced.
In his concluding remarks before awarding the qualifications, the UNIMA Vice Chancellor applauded the females, in particular, who worked so hard and in turn have contributed to the achievement of the national policy expectations on gender equity. Sajidu also encouraged the graduands, in general, to add value to the society.