Total Malawi, an oil and gas company, has recognized and awarded 23 students from eight different programmes within the two faculties of commerce and engineering at Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi.
The awards are towards the contribution for their tuition fees and the selection of these students was based on their performance during last year’s examination and their grades were not less than 60, which is a credit or distinction.
Speaking during presentation ceremony, Total Malawi Managing Director Seggie Kistasamy also said the awards are given to students in recognition to Polytechnic’s contribution to the company’s growth.
Kistasamy further said Total Malawi is part of the proud journey of the Polytechnic having started awarding best students some decades ago.
“The best engineers all around Malawi and those at Total come from this institution. As such, we want to encourage excellence and hard working among the students.
“We want graduates who will be a solution to the industry and nation at large thereby contributing effectively to the economy’s growth,” said Kistasamy.
He also challenged the beneficiaries that there is a lot to offer to such brilliant hard working students when they graduate and join Total Malawi.
“It would be pleasing to have these brilliant students graduate and join the exciting Programme of young graduate in Total Malawi and enjoy all that is there.
“There are also a lot of on job training opportunities for the Young graduates at Total Malawi,” he emphasized.
On her part, the college’s Vice Principal Dr. Nancy Chitera hailed the company’s continued commitment towards the plight of hard working students.
“We have and written to a number of companies to sponsor our students. We have the office of the dean of students who help in trying to find sponsors but in most cases there is no breakthrough. So for Total to give us these awards is something that we should be thankful of.
“Total has been contributing to Poly apart from awarding individual students. Total contributed towards rehabilitation of the main lecture theatre, and also buying of computers for the library,” said Chitera.
She said the college has a number of needs, mainly books and internet.
“We are in dire need of internet especially in our hostels. We are in need of more books. We are therefore hoping that Total Malawi and the Polytechnic will go into a well-established partnership and we look forward to that partnership especially now that the Public Private Partnership policy is there,” she said.
Vice Principal also said they introduced a number of postgraduate programmes in order to help government train its professional right here in the country.
She said they have plans to build a postgraduate building where a lot of research will be taking place.
According to her, this research will help in the development of the nation.
“We have somewhere to start from but as already said we are looking for partners who we can go into a sustainable and symbiotic relationship with your organization,” she said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :