As University of Malawi (UNIMA) will be celebrating 50 years of existence, the university plans to use public private partnership (PPP) arrangement to build infrastructure in its constituent colleges.
Briefing members of the press at Mzuzu Hotel on Friday ahead of its golden jubilee slated for September 29 this year (2015), UNIMA Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Alfred Mtenje, said the university will engage private operators to construct hostels and classroom blocks in its drive to expand and take on board more students.
He said inadequate infrastructure at its campuses deters the university from enrolling more equally deserving students who qualify for the university’s colleges because of space.
“About 14,000 students apply for admission into our colleges each year, but we only enroll less than 2,000 because of space,” he said, adding that many promising young Malawians who also qualify are left behind.
Mtenje said it is for this reason that the university will engage Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) to advertise for private operators to construct hostels in its colleges to take more students on board.
On the golden jubilee anniversary, he said UNIMA has lined up a number of activities to raise funds for the celebrations budgeted at K200 million of which K65 million has been raised from government subvention, meaning there is a deficit of K135 million .
The Pro-Vice Chancellor said to raise the remaining amount of money, UNIMA has organized two golf tournaments to take place in Lilongwe and Blantyre, and gala dinners also to be held in the same cities. He added the university alumni will also be asked to contribute towards the cause.
Apart from fundraising activities, the university has engaged the services of artists to compose a UNIMA Anthem and design a flag just like the rest of international universities have.
“UNIMA has got no anthem and flag. As you know, an anthem is a symbol of an institution or organization’s identity; we want to have one just like the rest of international universities,” he said.
In international universities, he added, it is the flag that greets people when they enter their premises.
The senior academician also disclosed that on the last week of September, there will be an international conference which will be attended by all the university’s alumni including those from the diaspora.
About 40, 000 people have passed through the corridors of UNIMA since its establishment in 1965.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :