Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika, has assured churches and faith groups of government’s commitment towards supporting private universities.
The President was speaking Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium when he presided over the 12th congregation graduation ceremony of the University of Livingstonia (Unilia) which is under the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia.
He commended CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, management and faculty members of Unilia for making the university a reality as cemented by the graduation ceremony.
Mutharika said the graduation ceremony is a testimony that CCAP Synod of Livingstonia plays an important role in complementing government’s efforts in promoting education.
“I would like therefore to encourage churches and faith groups in Malawi to continue opening private universities. Government will always support you,” said Mutharika.
He also advised the graduants against being satisfied with the degrees saying what matters are not the degrees but what the graduants will do with the degrees as the graduation marked the beginning of new chapter in their lives.
The President told the graduants not to rely on other people to employ them, saying they should utilize their knowledge and skills to create jobs for themselves.
“What you need to do is to have confidence and tell yourself that you can do it on your own without depending on someone besides being hardworking and disciplined.
What you need is determination to pursue what you want and all you need is discipline and hard work to achieve your goals, “said Mutharika.
As he spoke under the theme rethinking our values the President urged the graduants to be industrious and grow the desire for self-employment.
“Let me also encourage you all to see opportunities where everyone else sees challenges,” added Mutharika.
The President reiterated that the country needs to move from aid to trade if Malawi as a nation is to attain economic autonomy saying this can be achieved if the country produces and exports its products.
“Therefore we need to industrialize the country and have skilled labour, hence government’s commitment to continue building community technical colleges so that Malawi becomes a skilled labour society,” he said.
He said his government will continue building new roads, investing in energy, taking electricity and piped water to rural communities to facilitate the country’s economic growth.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor for Unilia, Rt. Rev. Dr. Timothy Nyasulu thanked the president for honoring the invitation to preside over the graduation ceremony.
He thanked government for extending access to Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Scheme to private universities saying the initiative assists needy students to attain university education.
“We thank government for extending the facility to private universities of which Unilia is the biggest beneficially, “said Nyasulu.
The University of Livingstonia was established in 2003 and had its first graduation in 2007, and three campuses both in the northern region. The university has produced 1906 graduants since its establishment