Mutharika made the call Saturday evening at Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) in Lilongwe where he presided over a fundraising dinner for the golden jubilee celebrations of the University of Malawi (UNIMA).
Addressing an audience comprising UNIMA alumni including Vice president, Saulos Chilima, Mutharika said a good university is known by its research and innovations.
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the lecturers of the University of Malawi and all other universities to engage in rigorous research and publication for the development of this country.
“A good university is known by its research and publications so it’s high time we put our universities on the world map through our research and innovations.”
The Head of State further advised university lecturers to focus on research and publishing in international journals rather than wasting time writing and commenting on trivial public issues.
“You may recall that during the 50 years independence celebration for Malawi, I emphasised that Malawi must take its position in both the regional and global economy,” further said
Mutharika adding; “To this end, my government’s transformational agenda can only be successful if the University of Malawi and all other public and private universities play their roles.”
Speaking as one of the alumni of UNIMA, Vice President Saulos Chilima encouraged all alumni and well wishers to donate generously during the fundraising campaign saying the university needed support to educate more Malawians.
“Let’s not forget the giants on whose shoulders we stood to go through the UNIMA corridors,” Said Chilima adding; “Now UNIMA needs the giant in us so that our children can equally go through the same corridors we did.”
Also present at the banquet was Minister of Health Dr Jean Kalilani, one of the first ladies to graduate from UNIMA.
In her speech, she praised UNIMA as a key to many doors of opportunities citing herself as a one of those who furthered their studies overseas with an UNIMA qualification as a spring from which she sprung.
Official celebrations of the 50th anniversary will be held late September this year according to UNIMA arrangements.