The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Central High International School (CHIS) on December 17, 2021 penned a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU).
Signed on behalf of the two institutions by MUST Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata and CHIS headmaster Dr Nishant Mishra, the MOU, among others, will see the two cooperate in areas of awareness raising on programmes, intakes and criteria for selection of students at MUST, explore opportunities for internship for MUST students interested in teaching, establish exchange programmes for lecturers/teachers on specific topics, and offer opportunities for education visits.
In his statement during the MoU signing ceremony, Dr Mishra said the school initially just wanted to cooperate and offer placement for interns but later realised there were more areas of mutual benefit.
“This is why we have now formalised the cooperation to include an exchange facility for teachers. We are really humbled to partner one of Malawi’s finest institutions of higher learning. In fact, MUST is the first university we are partnering and we cannot wait to start the implementation process of the MoU,” said Dr Mishra, adding that going forward, they will be exploring more areas of cooperation with the University.
“I am happy to be back here. I was first invited as guest of honour for a student graduation ceremony. Honestly, I find this cooperation unique. It is high time universities, among other partners, started working with high schools to motivate and inspire students to aim higher in their education. In so doing, the quality pf students from these schools coming to university will improve,” said Professor Malata at the CHIS offices in Maone, Blantyre.
She said the MW2063, Malawi’s long term development blueprint, promotes issues of industrialization, agriculture productivity and commercialization, and urbanization as its pillars which require partnerships and collaborations to work.
“As such, our cooperation today is in line with the aspiration of Malawi and its development agenda. In fact, it aligns well even with the Africa Agenda2063 and the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs),” she said.
Professor Malata extended an open invitation to CHIS to all MUST events that market the university to prospective students and called on CHIS students to visit MUST for education purposes.
“We have a number of events such as Open Day, Girls Science Camp and recently we launched a cultural event under Bingu School of Culture and Heritage called BISCH Cultural Day. This will be an annual event and CHIS is invited not only to watch the proceedings, but to also participate because we want it to be a platform for cultural exchange,” said Professor Malata.
MUST is a public university based in Thyolo established in 2012 to promotethe development, adaptation, transfer and application of science, technology and innovation for macro- and micro-economic development.
On the other hand, CHIS was established in 1958 and offers the International Cambridge Curriculum with a motive to impart quality and affordable education to the community and contribute in strong nation building.