Mutharika opens Malawi science university, donates K2 million to Dedza Secondary School

President Peter Mutharika on Thursday paid unexpected visit to Dedza Secondary School and donated K2 million to buy food and use in sports activities.

Malawi University of Science and Technology at Mutharika's Ndata land in Thyolo

Malawi University of Science and Technology at Mutharika’s Ndata land in Thyolo

Mutharika once schooled at Dedza Secondary School together  withhis brother and the country’s  former  president late Bingu wa Mutharika..

His visit excited students at the school which is popularly known as Box 48, as they did not expect such a surprise.

“This school brings to me very fond memories. I was there for six years, because back then, secondary education went as far as that,”
said Mutharika.

Mutharika aside donating the money also donated to the school 15 (50kg) bags of rice, four cartons of cooking oil and 1, 000 notebooks.

He then pledged to renovate the school’s hall and the road to the campus which is almost impassable.

Meanwhile, Mutharika has officially inaugurated the Malawi University  of Science and Technology  the brainchild of Bingu which was built at late Mutharika’s land Ndata in Thyolo district with assistance from the Republic of China.

The President said the opening of MUST marks the beginning of the realization of his dream of establishing six new universities to respond to the challenges and demands for increased equitable access to institutions of higher learning.

“My aim is to ensure that every citizen in our country, regardless of tribe, religion or the areas he/she comes from, should have the opportunity and the right to higher education,” said Mutharika.

“This University is being established at my initiative. I conceptualized this and even designed the main building that you will one day see rise above the grounds of this area,” said Mutharika.

The science and technology university will offer five-year bachelor’s degree programmes in biomedical studies, chemical engineering and metallurgical engineering and a master of science in innovation programme.

The university will have four schools — the Malawi Institute of Technology, Ndata School of Climate and Earth Sciences, Academy of Medical Sciences and a fourth school still under consideration.

The first batch of 129 students [114 undergraduates and 15 postgraduates] of which 26 percent are women were enrolled in March this year.

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18 thoughts on “Mutharika opens Malawi science university, donates K2 million to Dedza Secondary School”

  1. edward mitala says:

    We were there again with people like kingdom Kwapata John Manduwa Hostics,Aubrey Makina,our teachers like Kamwiyo Oimbo,Mr Mataya Vakusi Mr Tsonga KALIMA TONADO INTERMAFUKWEKWE(DISQUAMQUAM)

  2. Dodoma says:

    IWE NO:10,DEDZA T Z N CENTRAL REGION,DZ SHARES BOURNDARY WIT SALIMA NTCHEU,LILONGWE.TO SAY DEDZA SECONDARY SCHOOL POPULARY KNOW AS BOX 48,T WZ OPENED OFFICIALY N 1951,t Z Believe Dat Pipo StartED Learning N 1948 ,DAT Y T Z BOX 48.IT’S PLACE WHERE ALL CREAM 4M ALL CORNERS OF MALAWI GATHERS.ENA MUKANGANA WAT WIC BEST XUL N MALAWI.TO FIND BEST SCHOL U NEED TO KNOW WAT ARE XUL’S PRODUCT N POLITC,MEDICINE,BUSSINES,FINANCING,LAW,ANOTHER TING Z MEDALS AND AWARDS THE XUL HV RECEIVE AND NT FORGETNG XUL’S MANAGEMENT.KOMA HERE N MW THERE NO EVEGREN XUL,U GONA HEAR AT ONE POINT T WZ ROBERTBLAKE,ROBERTLAWS,PROVIDENCE,BOX 2,BSS,LIKUN BOX ETC.TO B REALIST CATHOLIC SEC XULS ARE ONES WICH ARE DOING BETA NOW ADAYS.TO GOVT SEC VUTO OVERCROWDING;NDALE,UNDERFUNDING,DISPLINE,.NGAKHALE MAXUL ABOMA AMAVUTKA DEDZA,LILONGWE GILS,BSS,DOWA SEC,MZUZU GOVT,KASEYE GILS STRIVES TO PRODUCE THE BEST.AMONG ABOVE BUNCH OF XULS DEDZA IMAYESESA;

  3. mopia says:

    Mr President remember to include the programme on padeophila studies so that Trapence and Mtambo could start to advocate for them.

  4. Watela says:

    # 2 where did schools like Chaminade and Nkhatabay Secondary schools being placed in your days together with saint patrick and Mary Mount.

  5. Kalanga says:

    On academy of medical sciences plz include postbasic masters degrees in nursing and medicine

  6. As one of former students of Dedza Sec School, I m pleased to hear of the Presidents visit to the school. This motivates us to do the same. This school is historical. I was there as a student from 1979 to 1983. I passed very well and procceded University of Malawi Polytechnic for Engineering. I remember friends like Patrick Kulemeka, Alick Makuluni, Benson Mwage, Ellington Selemani, David Loga, Joseh Lekera, Benjamin Chikoza, Sydney Chulu/Mazengera, Jimmy Kachitete, John Phaya, Matthews Kaphyanga, Stieve Willick, Issac Lihaka, Richard Matenje, Chimwemwe Gondwe, Richard Kachule, Laskey Mbera, Franklyn Dumakude, Michael ‘Kaka’ Mlotha. Remember my nickname ‘Soviet’ e.tc. I can be pleased if I can get in touch of any of them. My e-mail is Godfrey. [email protected]. Long Live Box 48,

  7. bongowonju says:

    Wazithenga kuti ndalama zopeleka ku Dedza Second School? Ndimmene cashgate yimayambila choncho. APM analibe money posachedwapa koma 6 months in Government basi donation donation? Rubbish thieves.

  8. I was at Dedza Sec Sch. from 1979 to 1983. I passed MCE

  9. Nice wani i like it kodi dedza ili ku south eti?

  10. Mlazi Nkhoma says:

    Good development

    This opening of MUST will create opportunities for our students to get enrolled into public universities

  11. madona says:

    Dedza Sec School, Thats my school. we used to call it DEGO that time. I made just a lot of friends at this prestigious secondary (then it was prestigious). Achina Raphael Mpingo, Simon Manyinda, Nelson Kawalula, Tiyamike Thakwalakwa etc, eish man that time was just so special. Dedza Sec produced cream of the nation that time, its students used to dominate UNIMA. I don’t know IF its still the case now. we proud of you mama DEGO!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    iwe nambala 4 kaizule ukaike kwanu ukumeme iliko ilibwino jelous ndilako

  13. John says:

    Comparing Ndata Earth Sciences or whatever you call it to MIT is just pure silly, you cant even put the two in the same sentence! Remember how much we valued Poly in those days? Who cares about it now? Have you seen the buildings of our varsities? All mouldy and full of algie on the walls. The difference between Malawian education and Other countries ( other poor countries, NOT MIT duh) is that their education is either staying constant in terms of quality or gradually rising while in Malawi, its a steep downward spiral, producing cashgate thieves along the process!!!

  14. JJ says:

    I PERSONALLY VISITED MALAWI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TWO WEEKS AGO,ITS REALLY A PLACE TO BE.CHINESE DID A RECOMMENDABLE JOB.MY OPINION AFTER VISITING THE SITE IS THAT YES MUCH AS WE NEED TO PROMOTE RURAL GROWTH BUT THE UNIVERSITY DID NOT DESERVE THAT PLACE.THINK OF STUDENTS WANTING TO ACCESS BASIC NEEDS, WHERE WILL THERE BUY?HOW ABOUT PRINTING,PHOTOCOPYING…..IT DESERVED THE CENTER OR BETTER STILL THE NORTH.

  15. Koma ‘müst’ imafunika itakhala pa centre pa mw,,,

  16. Mbolo Sidwala! says:

    “The university is being established at my initiative…” I thought it was the late Bingu’s initiative? We were told by Peter during Bingu’s funeral that Bingu was a designer and he designed the buildings at the university and stuff like that!

  17. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    This move by APM, to bolster Box 48 should be commended. Who said the president is tribalistic? Is this benevolence a sign of a man who is looking out only for his tribe?
    In our days, we perceived the big three to be BSS, Box 2 and Box 48, in that order. No offence intended to others. It would be nice to see former students of these schools take a page from APM: you do not have to be rich to help out. But I guess charity is just not in our DNA; except when it involves helping only close relations.
    As for MUST: if I was younger and in primary or secondary school, I would be studying mwausaveji (like crazy) to eventually get into this university. This could be our MIT or CIT, or the region’s in years to come. Boy, this will be prestigious.
    The professor is not joking, abale inu!

  18. Teacher man says:

    Well done, politics aside, lets put this building to optimal use. As soon as possible, this University should take the maximum number of students. If it can absorb 500-1000, that would be some progress.

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