Malawi launches Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

President Arthur Peter Mutharika on Thursday officially launched the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) at its Bunda campus in Lilongwe district, with an assurance of his government’s commitment to ensure that the institution realizes its dream of becoming a world class university.

Mutharika unveils the Plaque outside the Vive Chancellors Building at LUANAR Bunda Campus in Lilongwe-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Mutharika unveils the Plaque outside the Vive Chancellors Building at LUANAR Bunda Campus in Lilongwe-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Formerly Bunda College of Agriculture under the University of Malawi since 1965, LUANAR came into being after a directive by late President Bingu Wa Mutharika on  May 24 2010 to have the institution as a university on its own right.

“The late President shared his vision to establish six more state funded universities,” said Mutharika adding the university was established by an Act of Parliament on July 1, 2011 but operationalized in 2012.

He said government will ensure that the problems currently being faced by LUANAR are alleviated by among other things engaging the private sector to assist in infrastructural development such as construction of hostels and lecture rooms among others.

“Agriculture being the engine for the country’s economic development, government acknowledges the important role that LUANAR plays to the nation hence it will continue offering support,” he said adding he was impressed with what LUANAR is doing so far.

He said it is encouraging to note that since the integration of the Bunda College of Agriculture and the Natural Resources College, the two institutions are cooperating and complimenting each other with increased intake of students.

“I am pleased to note that the Integration of the Natural Resources College into LUANAR has been achieved. I am reliably informed that the student population at LUANAR has more than doubled from 1,802 in 2011, to 3,500 in 2014.

“I am also pleased to hear that this number will increase further with the introduction of Off-Campus and Open and Distance Learning Programs. I want to assure you that my Government is committed to achieving this and, that is why through the World Bank, the Government is providing funding to the tune of US$8 million to roll out the Open and Distance Learning Programme,” he said.

From an intake of 350 students per year in 2008, LUANAR had an intake of 1,500 students last year according to Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano.

Fabiano who described the increase in student intake as commendable, said LUANAR has also established two satellite campuses in Lilongwe City and other satellite campuses in Blantyre and Mzuzu cities will soon be established as one way of increasing access to higher education.

LUANAR Vice Chancellor, Professor George Kanyama Phiri thanked government for funding the construction of an administration complex and a Teaching complex which are currently at roofing stage at the Bunda campus.

He said the Norwegian government and Press Trust have each funded construction of two 60 bed hostels for females which enabled 42 percent of female students to be staying on campus.

According to Kanyama, LUANAR is also running regional PHD programmes through a consortium of 42 universities in Africa.–Reporting by  Pauline Kaude

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10 thoughts on “Malawi launches Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources”

  1. akuti LUANAR says:

    College yitu dzinali personally silundisangalatsa…..mukadango siya kukhala Bunda yemwe uja basi…likuvuta kunena mkamwamu LUANAR…..

    job well done for establishing 2 satelites…..BUT i look at this college LKE is not doing Enough to help the country Compared to Chanco or KCN and Medicine at least ma lawyer apa tchanco ngakhale ngakhale chulunga sakuchitsata bwino….Ma nurse (KCN)akugwira ntchito bwino koma zipangizo palibe …….

    Even though zimawoneka ngati kusukulutsa maphunzilo po phatiza BUNDA , NRC KOMANSO CHITEZDE REASERCH…..this College was supposed to produce the best in country…In tearms of food AND INDUSTRY…BOMA LIMA LEKERERA… tidzithandidwa ndi NGOs…?koma malawi?

  2. Phiri says:

    Tailandila nkhani yabwino kwambiri maka pa macampuses ku mzuzu ndi blantyre. Ambiri mmizindayi amafuna kupitiriza maphunziro awo ndi luanar koma zimkavuta poti alibe nthambi zawo mmaderawa.

  3. Chilichonse “will ensure government commitment” yet we see nothing tangible on ground. Zimandinyasa bwanji!

  4. Chiso mbewe says:

    Si bwino kunyoza munthu akachita zabwino, zilibe kanthu kut muli chipani chiti, tonse ndife a Malawi.. Phunzirani kulankhula bwino, kod Democracy îdalakwa kubwera, A Malawi mwatani kod?

  5. He talked of infrastructural development during campain does this depict any of that kind after about 10 month in power?

  6. tent says:

    CAN THE GOVERNMENT PLEASE LOOK INTO THE CLASSROOMSAND LEcture THEATRES!

    IMAGINE, STUDENTS DO LEARN IN TENTS AT THAT UNIVERSITY..YAK…CAN YOU PLEASE SHOW US THE TENT? OTHERS LEARN WHILE STANDING? HOW DO THEY TAKE NOTES?

    INCREASING INTAKE WITHOUT INCREASING CORRESPONDING FACILITIES DOES NOT MAKE SENSE! IT COMPROMISES QUALITY… IT SEEMS THE GOVT AND MGT IS JSUT AFTER NUMBERS WITHOUT PAYING ATTENTION TO QUALITY!

    A WHOLE UNIVERSITY OF >3000 STUDENTS WITH A LIBRAY FOR 150? WITH 20 OR LESS WORKING COMPUTERS? STUDENTS SLEEPING IN BOY’S QUARTERS?OTHERS IN MKWINDA OR NSABWE VILLAGE?UNIVERSITY?

  7. Achimidzimidzi says:

    At least this good news , other than Lumbadzi Police Station. That was pure drama.

    Congratulations and thanks.

  8. Mchani says:

    Bravo Uncle George, this should be your dream you shared when i was union president there. I wish you well

  9. angoni says:

    Am i just ignorant or are some things being duplicated. NRC in lilongwe and now natural resources whatever in lilongwe. If we go back in time it was the learned proffessors (eni eni osati izi) from bunda who recommended to ngwazi about NRC. But i guess zangofika pa mwana wakana phala

  10. Peter Mthibulo says:

    Palibe chichita iye apa, ata!. All that is the infrastructure left behind by MCP. Had you not stolen 92billion we could have have had world class universities by now!

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