Malawi University of Science & Technology at Ndata Farm ready in December

The imposing Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), which is located within former president late Bingu wa Mutharika’s Ndata farm, being constructed with a grant from the Chinese government amounting to 79 million dollars would be ready before end of 2012.

Minister of Education and Technology Eunice Kazembe said on Monday in Parliament that the ultra-modern institution would be officially handed over to Malawi government next month.

Kazembe revealed this when she presented Bill number 31 of 2012: Malawi University of Science and Technology; a Bill, which seeks to put in place legal instruments to facilitate creation of the University before the hand-over of the infrastructure to Malawi government.

“This Bill will particularly define the creation of the university council, appointment of principals, establishment of schools, colleges and faculties within the college,” said Kazembe.

The university, which was initially set to be built in Lilongwe before Mutharika shifted it to his home area, will have 3500 beds in eight hostels- four each for males and females.

And  commenting in Parliament. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson on legal affairs Alekeni Menyani  said:“The genesis of the university is muddled in politics of egoism. The university was initially presented to be part of Bunda [College of Agriculture] campus, but the late president changed heart and placed it at a private farm.”

Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Pan Hejun, said the university, will have advanced facilities and will be among the best universities in Southeastern Africa.

The institution is one of the works of late Mutharika’s hands. He wanted government to build six more universities in a decade – starting with a science university, to put an end to the quota system of selecting students to public universities.

Late Mutharika proposed the construction of MUST at Ndata Farm in Thyolo, University of Bangula in Chikhwawa, University of Marine Biology in Mangochi, Mombera University in Mzimba, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Nkhotakota University in Nkhotakota.

A university of science and technology in the southern district of Thyolo: Courtyard in the student residence halls.

Nyasa Times understands that  authorities are now working on developing a new curriculum before the science university’s first intake, planned for next year.

The university will create a pool of experts in areas such as environmental science and Africantraditional medicine.

It will be an academic centre of excellence, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral studies, and will provide a platform for African scientists to share knowledge.

Faculties will include an academy of medical sciences, a technology institute and a school of climate change and earth science.

In addition, a teaching hospital will provide care for patients from surrounding communities.

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