National Bank of Malawi has awarded outstanding students in different faculties of Mzuzu University (Mzuni) as part of the bank’s social corporate quest to promote academic excellence in the country.
Five students were awarded from the university’s five faculties which include the faculties of health sciences, education, environmental sciences, information science and communication and tourism and hospitality management.
The students – Thokozani Mzumara, Harvey Innocent Gondwe, McMillan Chisale, Kaitano Simwaka and Sam Sankhani – received K250 000 ($414.49).
Mzuni students’ union academic director Precious Sanjama “appreciated” the bank’s commitment towards recognizing best performing students saying the awards encouraged a hardworking spirit among the students.
Mzuni vice chancellor Dr. Robert Ridley hailed the bank for the initiative, saying it was “impacting positively” on the institution’s academic profile.
He pointed out that it was still a “struggle” for students to get through university education.
Ridley said Mzuni was “trying as much as possible to access funds for needy students” and further called for various stakeholders including National Bank for support.
In his remarks, National Bank of Malawi CEO George Patridge expressed his congratulatory sentiments to the students, and highlighted that his bank would continue to support education exploits in the country.
He encouraged students at Mzuni to work hard in their academic work and at the same time encouraged them “to be competitive.”
Partridge also said they would support the university’s students’ fund.
“Promoting education is one of the bank’s corporate social responsibility programmes. This is the reason we have supported many institutions to promote education,” he said.
Mzuni was established by an Act of Parliament in 1997 as Malawi’s second public university. The first students were admitted in January 1999.
The university presently has over 3 000 students with five faculties and five centres. During its last congregation, Mzuni conferred over 800 degrees, diplomas and certificates.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :