State vice president Saulos Chilima on Friday attended a Masters Degree Congregation ceremony at Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) in Lilongwe where he was studying and achieved a PhD in Knowledge Management with University of Bolton in England.
The University of Bolton has had a partnership with MIM in Lilongwe, Malawi, since 2007, offering a range of taught Masters programmes delivered between the university and local tutors.
MIM’s Doctoral Programme, led by Professor Danny Morton, began in 2011.
Dr Chilima is one of the first four PhD students to complete his studies.
The achievement prompted the President of Malawi Peter Mutharika to post a message of congratulations on social media, Instragram stating: “Today, October 2, 105 is a wonderful day both for government and the DPP as our very own Vice President, Right Honourable Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima, is graduating after attaining a PhD in Knowledge Management and through Malawi Institute of Management. Let me take this time to congratulate him in this achievement.”
Mutharika added: “I am proud of the Vice President as he as always shown the spirit of hard work and also as a model to young enterprising Malawians.”
The Head of State stated that he is “certain” that the knowledge Chilima acquired will be practical to the operations of his government particularly the Pubic Services Reforms the DPP-led government is implementing.
Dr Julian Coleman of the University of Bolton’s Flying Faculty, said: “The research that colleagues are undertaking as part of the doctoral programme is impacting at both a local and international level, and is also underpinning our taught provision. It’s a huge testament to the hard work of colleagues such as Dr Chilima, as well as University and MIM staff alike.”
Board Chairperson for MIM, Rhoda Misomali said they partnered with the two Universities upon request from the Malawi Government to help in training out several Malawians willing to upgrade themselves.
“Our partnership dates back to 2007 with the University of Bolton and 2009 with the University of Leeds-Beckett and this is our first time that as MIM we are providing Doctorate Degrees,” explained Misomali.
Mutharika picked Chilima as his running-mate in the 2014 elections from private sector. He was CEO of leading mobile phone service provider Airtel and the University of Malawi graduate also worked on management level at Unilever, and Carlsberg of Malawi among other companies.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :