UNIMA council Chair tours Poly infrastructures

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   March 5, 2019
PIC: Delegates pose before the tour
The Chairman of the University of Malawi (UNIMA) Council Reverend Dr Billy Gama on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 visited the four infrastructures being constructed at the Malawi Polytechnic.

Presenting before the delegates, The Principal of the Polytechnic Professor Grant Kululanga gave a brief background about the college by mentioning the mission and vision statements of the Polytechnic.

Professor Kululanga later explained about the infrastructures which are being constructed under the Skills Development Project, the Public Private Partnership, Higher Education Science and Technology, Public Sector Investment Program and the Computer Numerical Control Project.

Later, the delegates  comprised of the UNIMA Council Chair himself, the Vice Chancellor of UNIMA, Professor John Kalenga Saka, The Principal of the Polytechnic, Professor Grant Kululanga, the Vice Principal Dr Nancy Chitera, Deans of Faculties, Lecturers and other members of staff went  for a tour of the four buildings. 

Speaking after the tour, Rev. Dr. Billy Gama started by explaining that as UNIMA council, they decided to conduct this tour before the Chancellor of the University of Malawi Professor Arthur Peter Muthalika in order to observe the progress.

“The President, who was the Minister of Education, highlighted the importance of education where by emphasizing the need of having good infrastructures,” he said.

Dr Gama explained that he was impressed with the progress of the buildings as there are plans of delinking Polytechnic from UNIMA. 

He also observed that it will be one of the best public universities where research and development for higher education will be taking place. 

“All these things are happening because we have the President who is the Chancellor, knowledgeable in the issues of higher education, that is why he has made it possible for the Polytechnic to have funding,” Gama added.

Later, Professor Kululanga explained that the ICT and ODL building will help to increase distance learning in students.  It will also help in the commercialization and partnership with the industry.

“These buildings will create additional two thousand teaching spaces, which will impact on higher learning, the laboratory equipment has the best equipment which makes us be at par with the SADC universities so that students should graduate with the best knowledge,” he explained.

In his closing remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kalenga Saka, commended the UNIMA council Chair for his presence.

He also thanked the Polytechnic management team for the support in the projects taking place.

 The buildings are supposed to be officially opened in April by the state president Professor Arthur Peter Muthalika.

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