Innovators and staff from the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) were part of commemorations marking World IP Day on April 29, 2022 in Lilongwe.
The event was organized by UNDP under the theme of “Intellectual Property and Youth: Innovate for a better future”.
Distinguished guests included the Minister of Justice, Honorable Titus Mvalo, who was guest of honour, UNDP Resident Representative Shigeki Komatsubara, the Registrar General Chikumbutso Namelo, and Principal Secretary for Youth and Sports, Judith Msusa.
MUST was represented by Director of the MUST Institute of Innovation and Industrial Research (MIIRI), Dr David Mkwambisi.
Innovators from MUST, one a student and another a member of the community but attached to a MUST community innovators programme run by MIIRI, showcased their projects.
MUST student, Angella Banda, had her water light project on display while community innovator, George Kalichero, had his solar desk exhibited.
During the third panel discussions, Ruth Mtuwa, former MUST student but currently working as design studio technician at the university, represented youth innovators in Malawi on a topic: Challenges and opportunities for IP and youth innovation and creativity.
She was joined on the panel by Director of Science, Technology and Innovation at Ministry of Education, Professor Chomora Mikeka and Head of Horticulture Department and Senior Lecturer at Lilongwe university of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) Dr Elizabeth Bandason.