MUST continues to break new grounds and the latest is through a memorandum of understanding it has signed with the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) focusing on issues of training, joint research in areas of common interest and staff exchanges.
The MoU was signed at MUST campus on December 13, 2018 by MUST Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata and MDF deputy force commander Lieutenant General Vincent Nundwe.
In his remarks, Lieutenant General Nundwe applauded the development, saying as two progressive institutions, both MDF and MUST are looking at the MoU as one way of developing skills for Malawians.
“Among others, the MoU will foster our closer cooperation. We both have a lot to offer to the other and the best we could have done to bring synergy to our skills and knowledge was to work in partnership. There is a proverb which says that ‘if you want go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, join a group’,” said Nundwe who was accompanied by a high level team of Brigadier Generals Professor Dan Kuwali and G.W Phiri, and Lieutenant Colonel F.J Medi.
The deputy MDF boss said with global advancements in technology, they need to advance their technological skills and knowledge to effectively deliver on its mandate.
“Our cooperation with MUST, a university that focuses on science and technology, will help us realise some of our technological aspirations,” he said, adding that the Centre for Strategic Studies that MUST plans to establish will help the MDF in capacity building of its staff in various strategic areas.
He also promised that MDF will provide places for MUST students to undergo internship in various departments and sections related to the student’s areas of study. At MUST, no student graduates without spending a minimum of three months on industrial internship to balance their theoretical knowledge with practice.
Professor Malata said this was not the first time the two institutions were cooperating as MDF was one of the sponsors and participants at the university’s charity golf tournament organised to raise money for supporting needy students.
“Let me assure my colleagues from MDF that as MUST we are committed to implement the MoU. The challenge sometimes is that after the official signing ceremony, there is nothing done on the MoU and you only remember it when it is time to renew it. Let us be different and implement all the activities as spelt out,” she said.
“As one of our core values indicates, we are open to diversity and I would like to call on the MDF to bring any suggestions they may have on how they think we can best carry out some of our activities. We will also be doing the same so that the people of Malawi are able to get the best services from us.”
Professor Malata said MUST is aggressively fostering partnerships with various institutions in line with the UN’s SDGs, AU’s Agenda 2063 and Government’s MGDS II and III aspirations.
“We have beautiful facilities here and whenever you have activities that you feel can best be held at MUST, please note that our facilities are open to you for usage. We will also appreciate if we could have experts in various issues at MDF coming to MUST to share their expertise with us in relevant areas. Even if just to motivate our students and help them in career guidance and choice,” said Professor Malata.
She thanked MDF for offering internship places to MUST students.