The Malawi University of University and Technology (MUST) in partnership with the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) have signed a pact to improve the quality and access of higher education.
Speaking during the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on May 10, 2022 at MUST campus in Thyolo, Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata described the collaboration as a win-win package for the two institutions.
“We are happy that today we have signed an MoU with MIM, an institution that has for many years training people in leadership and management in the country,” said Professor Malata.
“MUST is an institution of higher education focusing on science, technology and innovation, and we are also looking at issues of entrepreneurship. So we noted that we can work together in partnership in several areas, including teacher and students exchange and research collaboration.”
Professor Malata said MUST was working on identifying innovators to nurture them to benefit the country as so far, most of such innovations have benefited outsiders.
“The issues of keeping innovators in Malawi is to ensure that we track them as a majority of them did not go through university corridors. If we do not support them, foreigners will give them a platform and we will lose out,” said Professor Malata.
MIM executive director, Samson Sikelo Phiri, said they are expanding their programmes in line with the Malawi 2063, the country’s long term development strategy.
“We are a government institution and we are undertaking a number of reforms. We thought of teaming up with MUST so that we can enhance the delivery of our services,” said Sikelo Phiri.
“As we are expanding, we are also going into areas of innovation, particularly in Information Technology. Our specialization all these years has been in leadership and management, but now we have gaps in managing information systems, so collaborating with MUST will help us tap into their knowledge to enhance our services.”
Sikelo Phiri said MIM was also introducing new programmes, three of which postgraduate. These include MSc in Project Management, MSc in Diplomacy and International Relations, BSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovations, and BSc in Tourism and Hospitality.–The Nation