Poly to introduce Open Distance Learning: Call it now Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences

The Polytechnic, which will now be called Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences following the de-linking of University of  Malawi, has plans of implementing an Open Distance Learning in the next academic year commencing in April 2019.

The newly constructed ICT ODL and Business Centre building,

Speaking during the tour of the newly constructed ICT ODL and Business Centre building, the Principal for the Polytechnic Professor Grant Kululanga explained that the new building once it is finished will be part of the program in implementing higher learning through ODL.

“In the past, Polytechnic has been involved in the face to face lecturing through class interaction. This time around, we want to take education to where people are,” Kululanga explained.

The Principal further explained that there are many people who may wish to attain higher learning but they may not do so due to barriers like jobs, disability, finances and geographical location.

“We have the technological expertise which we can work with the students through the internet. We are experts in teaching philosophies which can be engaged when teaching someone at a distance. We have also reviewed the curriculum to suit this kind of learning,” he added.

The University is going to advertise different programs in the media where successful applicants will be scrutinized and enrolled.

A former part-time lecturer, Dr George Mindano described it is a step in the right direction.

“This is what is practiced in other developed countries, which in turn will make the courses offered be competitive and attractive at both local and international level,” he said.

He further observed, “such programs have the potential of positioning the University’s system among the best in the world”.

A Polytechnic graduate Cotrida Hunga observed that this is a catalyst to the development of the country since it allows people to learn while they are working.

“These students put into practice what they learn in class since they are already in the industry. ODL is also flexible since it does not get disturbed by the location of the student geographically. Its flexibility gives room for students to engage in diligent research for effective results,” Hunga explained.

The Open Distance Learning program is expected to commence in the next academic year when the ODL building has been finalized. It is expected to have discounted fees than the normal generic learning.

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Noxy
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Wonderful!

Scholastica Bombe
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Scholastica Bombe

Why is Polytechnic always LAST in implementing developmental ideas? It’s long over due mpaka akakudutseni a MZUNI……shame! Be innovative zomakhala mkalasi nzachikale changamukani a Poly ngati alimi ang’ombe ku Bunda kaya akuti LUANAR anaziyamba kalekale inu mumatani nthawi yonseyi? f

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Tenzi Mzungu
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Tenzi Mzungu

But too late i suggested this ten years ago

Charlie
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The polytechnic needs to consider to include Malawi college of accountancy and soche technical college and the Lilongwe technical college and the salima technical college as one university

mkhonde mwenecho
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mkhonde mwenecho

I WOULD GO WITH YOUR SUGGESTION CHARLIE

Kudambwe
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Poly should be the one to join MCA if it want to achieve something

Gift Baston Sandram
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Gift Baston Sandram

That makes sense, with your idea

chisomo
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this is wonderful

Wiseman
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Wiseman

This is great news

mbosanje
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Sylvester chikumbu

Wilson
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Wilson

We are living in an information age where the world is digitized. ODL is the way to go. Welcome development