Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology Vincent Ghambi has emphasized the important role engineers have towards Malawi’s sustainable socio-economic development.
Ghambi made the remarks Thursday morning in Blantyre during the University of Malawi’s 18th Inaugural Lecture by Polytechnic’s Principal, Professor Grant Kululanga.
The lecture was held under the theme “Challenges of Engineering and the way forward for developing countries: The case of Malawi”.
And deputy minister Ghambi said engineers were pillars behind the success of every country, and that Malawi valued the key role the engineering sector rendered.
“The role of engineers is not limited to infrastructures but extend to water, irrigation, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Mining among others.
“Engineers are creators, designers and government will make sure that the industry should receive necessary attention in order to achieve both local and international standards.
He added: “Government shall make sure that more resources are channeled towards engineering sector as witnessed by government decision to make all sciences sujects compulsory from the primary level.”
Ghambi noted that Malawi could not fully compete at international level if the engineering market was narrow. He also stressed the need for ensuring gender equality in the sector.
The deputy minister then reminded people that government established the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) to meet the growing demand for engineers.
Guest of honour Professor Brown Chimphamba said the priority for the engineering profession was to provide solutions for safe, secure, healthy, productive and decent life for all Malawians.
“The training of engineers and the supporting cadres of the profession as well as investment in science and technology is no longer optional if the country is to have meaningful sustainable interventions.
“In fact the rapid population growth and the associated increased human activities are becoming serious burdens to the country’s environment,” said Professor Chimphamba.-Mana
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