Vice president of the republic of Malawi Saulos Chilima has said government is committed to promote tertiary education in Malawi.
Chilima made the remarks at Nguludi in Chiradzulu, Saturday, during the 12th graduation ceremony of 285 students at Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA) which also coincided with the10th anniversary of the University.
Chilima said government is aware that education is key to economic and social transformation of a country and this is why government has created a conducive environment for establishment of private universities.
“Government is committed to improve quality education in the country by supporting learning institutions,” said the vice president while appealing to private learning institutions to continue working together with government in offering programmes that are relevant to the needs of the country.
He continued: “Tertiary education is a recipe for economic transformation of the country. Higher education is one of the pillars of national development and central for competitiveness.”
He said that the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) needs a society that is full of educated people who are flexible to embrace change.
Chilima then urged the graduating students to go out to the community to show character and be champions of change.
“Out there, you will meet challenges. But remain focused and be prepared to take calculated risks and venture into entrepreneurship,” added the Vice President.
In his remarks, Chancellor for Catholic University of Malawi the Reverend Archbishop Thomas Msusa said the catholic church cherishes the cordial relationship that exists between the church and government in promoting relevant education in the country.
Archbishop Msusa said the Catholic Church will remain focused in offering quality and relevant education for the economic development of the country by making the university a centre of excellence in research.
He therefore commended government for providing an enabling environment for private university to operate without hurdles.
Since its inception in 2012, Catholic University has graduated 992 students. At the Function, CINIMA also launched a four year strategic plan.