Jubilee University launched in Malawi: Determined to offer relevant programmes, transform citizens

Jubilee University—one of the latest private universities in the country that was unveiled by Vice President Saulos Chilima—says it feels duty bound to offer programmes that are not only relevant but can also in making sure that students in the country and beyond attain maturity.

Dr Ida Mbendera, the vice chancellor

The university is a brainchild of late Justice Maxon Mbendera, a revered judge and former Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson.

According to Dr Ida Mbendera, the vice chancellor, the university will fill the gap in the market by offering specialised programmes to mature, in-career students and school leavers.

“Jubilee University has designed programmes around the needs and characteristics of individuals who didn’t have the chance at first instance to earn a degree, generally referred to as mature students; as well as school leavers,” said Mbendera.

According to her, late Mbendera wanted to contribute towards the development of young people in Malawi by interacting with them positively through higher education.

“He viewed such interaction as an opportunity to influence the future leaders of our society. He was excited about the university and worked extremely hard to get the university ready for launching,” added Mbendera.

Nyasa Times understands that Jubilee University is still going through the accreditation process by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

“We are not rushing into anything. We are following each and every step for the sake of excellence,” she said.

There are currently no full-time students, Nyasa Times learnt, until the whole registration process is achieved

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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
4 years ago

Very commendable. By taking every every towards achieving excellence is in itself a sign of achieving higher standards. May the almighty God provide solomonic wisdom to the Vice Chncellor and at the same time protection so that those goals are achieved. Late Justice Mendera had that vision of contributing positively to the development of education, and joins another late Judge who built a primary school in an adopted village in the north of Blantyre District. The Judge hailed from Lilongwe.

4 years ago

Focus on preparing the students to meaningfully play a role in shaping the future (digital) Malawi; empower them with skills that will allow them to operate comfortably in the 4th Industrial Revolution (Big Data and Technology). Provide them with an enabling environment fertile enough to produce innovators with courage to operate anywhere in the world. Empower them with skills to break the chains that have customarily bound current crop of Malawians who unfortunately are disabled from dreaming beyond their own self-created borders. We need a crop of young people who think of possibilities beyond what Justice Mbendera, Honourable Chilima and… Read more »

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