Mzuzu University (MZUNI) on Monday received a donation of books valued at K4.5 million from Kings College of London in the United Kingdom after the university lost books and computers following a fire which destroyed its library late last year.
Receiving the books on behalf of MZUNI on the sidelines of an International Science Conference the university is currently hosting in Lilongwe, Deputy Vice Chancellor Loveness Kaunda expressed gratitude for the donation which she said has come at a right time when the institution is setting up a temporary library.
“As a university we are grateful for this timely donation which has come at a time when we are setting up a temporary library in the hall,” said Kaunda, disclosing that a number of institutions and organizations from both within and outside the country have made similar donations since the fire incident.
According to Kaunda, the National Library Service, Grey Matter and other local institutions have also provided a large consignment of books to Mzuni with other donations of chairs, tables and books coming from countries such as United States of America and New Zealand.
“We have received overwhelming support from both local and international community and we are making sure that students should not be greatly affected when we open our new semester on March 24,” she said.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor further explained that other books will be sourced electronically.
The books have been provided by students and staff of Kings College according to Professor Mark Pelling who presented the donation on behalf of the College.
Pelling said the college decided to donate the books as it is working in partnership with MZUNI on a research project.
Almost 50,000 books and 100 computers were lost after the fire whose cause is yet to be established gutted the library in the early hours of December 19 last year.