Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Sunday March 22 unveiled a plaque for the construction of stone for Mombera University in Mzimba District.
Mutharika said his government is committed to ensure that many people attain higher education in the country by constructing more universities.
“The government is committed to ensure students attain higher education, and that is why we are expanding access to higher education through a number of community colleges and universities that the government is constructing.
“The government has set aside K100 million that parliament approved to finance the construction of the university [Mombera],” he said.
The President further said the university will be constructed with funding from Malawi Government and not with any external assistance.
Mombera will be the second university after Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) to be constructed in the line of six universities that the former president late Bingu wa Mutharika lined up about four years ago.
In his remarks, Paramount Chief M’mbelwa commended government for the effort to construct Mombera University in Mzimba, saying it will help many students attain higher education.
“Let me commend the government, through President Mutharika, for such an honour to construct a university in Mzimba as this will go a long way to ensure that our children have access to higher education because it is key to development,” said M’mbelwa.
Minister of Education, Dr Emannuel Fabiano said government understands the challenges that students face to access higher education in the country and the construction of community colleges and Mombera University is one way to ease such challenges.
The Mombera University in Mzimba is expected to have 10,000 people including staff and students. According to Dr Fabiano, the university will largely harbor faculties of Animal and Veterinary Science.