Minister of Education Science and Technology, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano has called upon all institutions of higher learning in Malawi to offer quality and relevant education.
Fabiano made the appeal Friday in Lilongwe when he presided over a joint graduation ceremony of students from the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) through the universities of Bolton and Leeds Beckett.
Malawi Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Knowledge Management with the University of Bolton at the same function.
Fabiano said low quality education has no relevance to the socio-economic development of the nation as it casts doubt and affect output.
He then called on the institutions of higher learning in the country to make sure they have the necessary resources to maintain good education standards.
“There is need for the institutions to be conducting regular review of their curricula so that the money and time invested in education, has the desired results.
“This is why, in order to safeguard quality of higher education in Malawi, government established the National Council for Higher Education to be responsible for, among other things, evaluation and accreditation of all higher education institutions and programs,” said Fabiano.
According to the Education Minister, relevance of academic programs has got two variables that need to be considered.
“The first one relates to the knowledge and skills acquired by the student in relation to the level of education, be it certificate, diploma or degree, and the second one relates specifically to the profession or discipline one has trained in,” he said.
On his part, Board Chairperson for MIM, Rhoda Misomali said they partnered with the two Universities upon request from the Malawi Government to help in training out several Malawians willing to upgrade themselves.
“Our partnership dates back to 2007 with the University of Bolton and 2009 with the University of Leeds-Beckett and this is our first time that as MIM we are providing Doctorate Degrees,” explained Misomali.
One of the graduating students, Saulosi Klaus Chilima who graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree said it was wonderful experience to engage with MIM in attaining his doctorate degree.
“The nation has added some 50 intellectuals in different fields who will help in the development of Malawi,” he said.
The 50 graduating students have graduated in Master of Science in Leadership and Change, Master of Science in Supply chain Management, Master of Science in Project Management, Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy Degree.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :