As the demand for university education is growing in Malawi Blantyre Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian is set to open its university in April.
Rev Dr Billy Gama, who is leading the team said the university missed to open in January as planned.
But he is optimistic that it has structures and other requirements to convince government to give them the requisite mandate to start offering university education.
Rev Gama said the institution would start offering education in the faculty of commerce and faculty of theology.
He said the university would be established within the monumental Blantyre Mission premises where iconic Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) Primary and Secondary School is.
Rev Gama said HHI has allocated enough buildings to accommodate the school of higher learning
“As a Pastor I have faith and hope that the university will open in April. Off course we are ready to satisfy inspectors,” Rev Gama said.
He said the faculty of commerce would offer bachelor’s degree in marketing and bachelor’s degree in business administration.
While the faculty of theology would offer post graduate programs.
“We will be offering post graduate studies in theology because we have Zomba Theological College which offers undergraduate programs. We want those that have finished their studies at Zomba Theological College to come and upgrade here,” he said.
Plans to establish the university comes amid financial woes affecting the Zomba Theological College threatening its future.
HHI Secondary School has also run by the synod has lost its pedigree as one of the country’s top secondary schools based on its performance due to among other reasons financial problems.
Blantyre Synod would follow its sister synod Livingstonia Synod in establishing a school of higher education.
Livingstonia Synod University was established over 10 years ago and has managed to become one of the reputable private universities in the country attracting some of the high profile lecturers from government universities to teach there.
Former University of Malawi Vice-Chancellor Professor David Rubadiri is part of the management team.
Nkhoma Synod of in Malawi’s Central Region is also intending to open a university soon.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :