The Malawi University of Science and Technology on April 24, 2019 launched four new teaching and research laboratories which will help the university realise its goal of offering quality education.
Speaking when he launched the labs at the university’s campus in Thyolo, MUST Council chairperson Dr Andrew Daudi said the laboratories were in line with MUST’s four strategic pillars of quality education, research and valorisation, enabling environment and external engagement.
“Our motto is ‘where excellence reigns and we continuously talk about quality education in our strategic narratives. For a university of science and technology, quality education means having specialised laboratories like the ones we have seen today.
“These labs will also help us see MUST realising its research and outreach objectives because research can only take place in specialised labs. As such, I can only urge on students and faculty to put the new labs to full use and ensure that they are well looked after,” he said.
MUST vice chancellor Professor Address Malata outlined how the university’s core values relate to the launch of the new laboratories. She sees innovation in the whole process that led to the establishment of the laboratories.
“These labs are a product of commitment from our faculty members who utilised various partnership opportunities to source very expensive equipment to set up the labs. As a university, we supported by providing the space and furnishing it. If we had waited for the university to do everything, we would not have had these laboratories today,” she said.
Dr Gama Bandawe explained the whole journey from the time MUST opened in 2014 without any laboratories through 2015 when some lecture rooms were converted into basic labs to today when the university now has functional teaching and research laboratories.
“It has been a sacrifice from all stakeholders; management, faculty and students. And we hope that with these laboratories, we can now ably work in collaboration with our colleagues to put up applications for grants or indeed with the private sector to carry out commissioned research,” he said.
Dr Bandawe also disclosed that much as these current laboratories came under the Department of Biological Sciences at the Academy of Medical Sciences, all the four school at MUST are in serious infrastructure development to prepare themselves for more research and innovation.