The preparations golden jubilee celebrations for the University of Malawi (UNIMA) set for next year have started in earnest.
The celebrations will take place on 29th September 2015 as a way of celebrating and reflecting the successes, challenges the institution has encountered since its establishment.
UNIMA was established on 29th September 1965, with its first campus offering diploma level of studies in Chichiri near Chichiri Secondary school before it was moved to Zomba. – .
Pro vice-chancellor Professor Al Mtenje said UNIMA has achieved a lot during its 50 years of existence worthy to be celebrated, despite some challenges that the University is facing in producing skilled and professional work force to assist in the development of the country.
“We are still the number one university in the country in providing professional work force that is competent on the industry,” Mtenje told a news conference in Blantyre.
He further said that UNIMA has international record of providing brilliant professionals recognized and trusted internationally in different institutions and organizations.
Mtenje said the celebrations budget is pegged at K265 million and that they have since raised K65 million.
Unima has produced not less than seven thousand graduates since it was established under Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), Chancellor college, Polytechnic, College of Medicine and Bunda college of Agriculture before it became under Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) .