University of Malawi prepares for Golden Jubilee celebrations

The preparations golden jubilee celebrations for the University of Malawi (UNIMA) set for next year have started in earnest.

Prof Mtenje addressing a presser

Prof Mtenje addressing a presser

The celebrations will take place on 29th September 2015 as a way of celebrating and reflecting the successes, challenges the institution has encountered since its establishment.

UNIMA was established on 29th September 1965, with its first campus offering diploma level of studies in Chichiri near Chichiri Secondary school before it was moved to Zomba. – .

Pro vice-chancellor Professor Al Mtenje said UNIMA has achieved a lot during its 50 years of existence worthy to be celebrated, despite some challenges that the University is facing in producing skilled and professional work force to assist in the development of the country.

“We are still the number one university in the country in providing professional work force that is competent on the industry,” Mtenje told a news conference in Blantyre.

He further said that UNIMA has international record of providing brilliant professionals recognized and trusted internationally in different institutions and organizations.

Mtenje said the celebrations budget is pegged at K265 million and that they have since raised K65 million.

Unima has produced not less than seven thousand graduates since it was established under Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), Chancellor college, Polytechnic, College of Medicine and Bunda college of Agriculture before it became under Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) .

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8 thoughts on “University of Malawi prepares for Golden Jubilee celebrations”

  1. Kanonono says:

    Hahahahaha! Malawi is a laughing stock. 7,000 in 50 years? In Tanzania, over 10,000 students join the University of Dar es Salaam – which ranked among 15 best universities in Africa – each year.

  2. Charter says:

    seven thousand in 50 years, and we should be spending 266mn celebrating that?

  3. Bruggens Addons Addoniga says:

    It never ceases to amaze me why we get so excited that we have to hold celebrations for just about anything and everything when really there’s nothing to celebrate for.

    For the 50 years of its existence UNIMA has literally failed miserably to expand its research and other academic departments largely owing to lack of funds while incompetence is also to blame on the part of its management and academic staff.

    Worse still I find it rather absurd for UNIMA to peg their stupid celebrations at a whooping budget of MK 265 million.

    Don’t we have some meaningful projects within UNIMA on which we can spend this money?

    Seriously It will be foolhardy for Government to sit idle and let UNIMA proceed with such unwarranted extravagance particularly at a time when such scarce resources are required to facilitate implementation of meaningful projects and not paying allowances for the organizing committee, buying a commemorative cloth, etc, for what use?

    Whether the celebrations cost MK 265 million or MK 0 I wonder how UNIMA’s status will be changed. Was it not recently when our dear UNIMA was ranked no. 100 out of I don’t know how many of the best Universities in Africa? Why not spend this money on improving quality and delivery of education?

    I am amazed that the likes of Prof. Mtenje can stoop so low to join this band wagon of extravagant merry making when the very institution they have grown up in is in all practical senses sinking.

    I strongly urge Government through the Ministry of Education to step forward and stop this kind of nonsense.

  4. Wailing Soul says:

    What? Mr Green Muheya, are you sure about your stats? I mean not less than 7,000? I am astounded? You mean all these 50 years not less than 7,000? Do you know how many are enrolled per year @ Chanco alone? Have you attended a graduation ceremony before? I’d rather you cross-check your figures because 7,000 is unrealistic against the background of 50 years of UNIMA. Else just take out the statistic from your article because it does not make sense at all.

    1. aah says:

      7000 means an average of 140 graduates every year, and you want to celebrate that? I am glad I didn’t go to this “secondary school”

  5. Quota system says:

    That’s too much money to go into the drain. What will be involved ?

  6. Kapoli Thengo says:

    Yes! UNIMA woyeee! We will dance Gwanyasa again. May I ask Dr. Kambewa ku Bunda to organize anyamata a Gwanyasa awa: Nsongazaudzu Sajeni, Kabwira, Jesemani, Chiputula etc. Hon. Jolly Kalero mukavinenso Manyanda kumeneko, mumufufuze Cosby Nkhwazi akaponde Manyanda, is Mr. Kalizula around? Mr. Davie Nangoma tiyeni mukavine Beni kumeneko. Mumuuzeko Vampire akuse ovina gule ujayu wa awiri awiri. Viva Prof Mtenje!

  7. mopia says:

    But why are you not among the top ten or fifty universities in Africa? Sikarate iyitu. Matama basi. Samarani ndi MUST University yakwathu komanso ya makono.

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