Chakwera back to alma matter, installed 6th University of Malawi Chancellor: Talks of quality graduates, not just qualifications

It was a  moment of pride and nostalgia for President Lazarus Chakwera who returned to Chancellor College in the Eastern city of Zomba where he was among its first graduates but this time around, he was being installed as Chancellor of the University of Malawi (Unima.)

Chakwera being installed Unima chancellor

Chakwera is an alumnus of Unima after he graduated from Chilunga campus of Chancellor College before he went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Pan African Theology Seminary in the United States of America.

“ The four years I spent at this college was instrumental in shaping my worldview, not only because of the quality of education I received but also because of the quality of young men and women who were sent here,” said Chakwera in his address.

He becomes Unima’s sixth Chancellor  since its  establishment in 1965 by the country’s founding president Ngwazi Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

According to Section 13 paragraph  1 and 2 of the University  of Malawi Act  provides that there shall be a Chancellor of the University who shall be the head of University.

Further the Act provides that the President shall be the Chancellor of the University .

Section 14 of the Act states that the Chancellor ,wherever present shall preside over at all ceremonial and other congregation of the University and shall,  in the name of the university , confer all degrees , diplomas and certificates of the University.

Chakwera upon being installed Unima Chancellor presided over  the graduation and called for  Unima to mould graduates who produce  tangible results in development and not those who engage in an endless paralysis of analysis regarding what is wrong with Malawi and whose fault it is.

“Anyone can point fingers at a problem, but it takes a truly educated person to design and effect a solution,” he said.

Chakwera said the true measure of building capacity is the quality of citizens the education system produces, not the educational qualifications they hold.

He said Unima should return to its “founding vision of producing graduates who have quality not just qualifications.”

Unima Council chairperson Professor Jack Wirima asked for more funding to enable the institution to fulfil its mandate of offering quality education.

On his part, Unima acting vice-chancellor Professor Alfred Mtenje said under the current leadership, the university has no doubt that it will rise to higher levels and continue developing programmes that respond to the country’s needs.

During the Thursday graduation, 461 graduands from Unima  constituent colleges of KCN, The Polytechnic, College of Medicine and Chancellor College were awarded  certificates, diplomas and degrees in which 128  were males  and 333 females.

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Cash madam
Cash madam
1 year ago

What happened to trimming presidential powers blah blah. Kani mumasilira zomwe tikachita zija? Soon in your government one of your boys andifunsila ine cash madam, tidye ndalama za Boma. Kodi ku chanco munaphunzila course yanji?

1 year ago

Aren’t you the one who faulted APM for being chancellor of Universities😂😂😂😂 ina nsaje eti?

John Banda
John Banda
1 year ago

Ayi bwana mukuchepesadi mphamvu za president. You are the Chancellor of UNMA congratulations. I think zinthu zisithadi with you sir.

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
1 year ago

Very pleasing moment.. from a Chanco as a graduate to Chancellor.
More pleasing is Our presidents&his visit,grew up and got educated in Malawi,they know all problems in the villages face/are in.
Congratulations Mr President,we will be behind you,as far as you behave.
Mzakwacha Nixon
Kwazulu Natal
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Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Congratulations for being Chancellor of the University of Malawi. Chancellor College structures deteriorated after the vandals replaced MCP in 1994. Malawi in general must wear a new face and leadership has a role to play in shaping the people being led. The likes Bakili led Malawi into destruction. Education was destroyed. A few days ago, it was appalling to hear from the Minister of education that only 16% of the standard 8 pupils are selected to secondary schools. She went on to ask where was the 84%. She gave answers. Malawi is a country that has bred criminals since 1994.… Read more »

President Chisokonezo

Malawi was not destroyed in 1994. Kamuzu was the first destroyer who had USD 300 million in his account from robbing Malawi government and it’s people. Google about the evil person.

1 year ago

zoti mbava zavuta mu Lilongwe muno mukuziwa a Presidentinu?????

1 year ago

Pride of Malawi. Home grown president and vice president.
Bravo Chanco

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