Airtel Malawi hosts Chanco students

Airtel Malawi hosted Chancellor College (Chanco) fourth year students on an educational visit at the company’s head office in Limbe, the country’s commercial city Blantyre on Thursday.

IT Director for Malawi, Dr Mathews Mtumbuka, explained to the inquisitive students how the phone businesses run. He said Airtel is the fastest growing mobile company in the telecommunications industry in the country.

“Our company benefits a lot from such educational visits by students. It means that our business is growing and that it is attracting and getting recognition by people from all levels of society including the academia,” he said.

The students had a tour to the different sections of the company before converging in the boardroom where presentation on the company’s IT operations was made.

Fourth Year Chancellor College Physics students posing for Nyasa Times infront of Airtel Head Offices

Electronics lecturer in the Physics Department at Chancellor college Dr Chomwa Mikeka, who led the trip made a technical presentation to Airtel on E- communication and on the potential areas for collaboration between the academia and the aspects of mobile client servers, mobile or cellular phone client side applications, MIS, Base station control and power management, mobile, cellular signal spectrum study and coverage maps and the general issues on the growing trends in mobile communication.

Patrick Mzaza, a fourth year student urged potential employers in Malawi to show an interest in employing physics graduates.

He said currently a few students are majoring in physics citing the third year class where there are only four students.

Mzaza emphasized that this problem is due to potential employers who do not show an interest in employing them.

“This de-motivates students as physics seems to have no market in Malawi. Another reason is that there are no chances for internships for physics students,” said Mzaza.

“We hope that our prospective employers will come in and address the unemployment problems. To all employers: much as experience matters in job picking. It should not be forgotten that the power of education does not lie in producing suitable candidates but in its ability to produce educable individuals,” he said.

Thomas Basikolo, a student representative speaking on behalf of the fourth year Physics students also presented a paper on Communication Research Group.

Fourth Year Chancellor College Physics students posing for Nyasa Times infront of Airtel Head Offices. Photos by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Mzaza urged employers to employe physics students
Mtumbuka in an interview with media corps

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