Mutharika calls on churches to establish more universities

President Professor Peter Mutharika, has assured churches and faith groups of government’s commitment towards his support to private universities.

President Mutharika being welcomed at Mzuzu Stadium

President Mutharika at Unilia graduation

The President was speaking Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium when he presided over the 12th congregation graduation ceremony of University of Livingstonia (Unilia) which is under the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia.

Mutharika said the graduation ceremony was a testimony that CCAP Synod of Livingstonia plays an important role in the development of the country through complementing government’s efforts in promoting education.

“I would like therefore to encourage churches and faith groups in Malawi to continue opening private universities. Government will always support you,” said Mutharika.

He also advised the graduates against being satisfied with the degrees saying what matters are not the degrees but what they do with the degrees.

The President told the graduates to go into entrepreneurship.

“What you need to do is to have confidence and tell yourself that you can do it on your own without depending on someone besides being hardworking and desplined. What you need is determination to pursue what you want and all you need is discipline and hard work to achieve your goals,” said Mutharika.

As he spoke under the theme ‘rethinking our values’ the President urged the graduates to be industrious and grow the desire for self-employment.

“Let me also encourage you all to see opportunities where everyone else sees challenges,” added Mutharika.

The President reiterated that the country needs to move from aid to trade if the the country is to attain economic autonomy saying this can be achieved if the country produces and exports its products.

“Therefore, we need to industrialize the country and have skilled labour, hence government’s commitment to continue building community technical colleges so that Malawi becomes a skilled labour society,” he said.

He said his government will continue building new roads, investing in energy, taking electricity and piped water to rural communities to facilitate the country’s economic growth.

Vice Chancellor for Unilia,  Rev. Dr. Timothy Nyasulu thanked the president for honouring the invitation to preside over the graduation ceremony.

He thanked government for extending access to Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Scheme to private universities saying the initiative assists needy students to attain university education.

“We thank government for extending the facility to private universities of which Unilia is the biggest beneficially,” said Nyasulu.

The University of Livingstonia was established in 2003 and had its first graduation in 2007, and three campuses both in the northern region.

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Central

Anthu a ku North amatoledwa heavyyyyyyyyyyyy! How can government solicit K728million in a day for a 2.5 km road in Ndirande and nothing for the ever promised Mombera University? Pano onani couragesly wawauza kuti ma University azimanga okha their church [Livingstonia]…………… eeeeeeeeeeshi!! Iwo kuombera m’manja ndithudi

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Old Timer

Selection to this University is tribal and regionalistic. Very few if any from other regions/tribes are considered and yet they are benefiting from public loans (our taxes). If you don’t agree look at their selections lists there are no Senas. no Lhomwes, no Chewas and no Yaos. Ndi a Hinya okha-okha. Stop giving them public loans. Where are Mtambo and Kajoloweka? Why are you silent?

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

First you need to differentiate between a loan and a grant. A loan will be repaid back to government while a grant will not. Second, those benefiting from these loans are not spared of taxes. By the way, how much tax do you yourself pay to government? Thirdly, being a private university, those selected to pursue various courses are taken from a pool of students that have applied and have the means to pay for private university education. Surely you do not expect the University to select those who have not applied. Fourthly, due to quota system most students from… Read more »

mabeka
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mabeka

when are you opening mombera and 4 other universities? waste regime ever had

Mafana
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Mafana

Churches are already establishing universities on their own volition without you having to tell them so to do, Peter. Why can’t your govt start building the Mombera University that you’ve been promising during the last 4 years. With much diligence you may finish constructing it before May, 2019…..

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

lol cause the govt puts stones only so churches must build the uni.

ngalamayi
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ngalamayi

What’s the point in even more universities when only the rich can afford to send their children there, and the poor have no access to grants, bursaries? When will APM live in the real world?!

Opinion
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Opinion

Too many private universities in a country compromise quality.

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Who invited this quota dude to the graduation ceremony? Campaign yakuvutani agogo.

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Point of View

And he presided over graduation as who? is he a Chancellor or a Vice Chancellor for University of Livingstonia? He could just have been invited as a graduation speaker.

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