Written by  Blessings Kanache

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has called on UNIMA graduates to use their attained education to further develop the nation.  

Dr Chakwera during the graduation ceremony Dr Chakwera during the graduation ceremony

The president was speaking when he presided over University of Malawi graduation at Chancellor College in Zomba.  


President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera who is also Chancellor of the University of Malawi UNIMA presented the awards of certificates, diplomas and degrees to over 1800 graduating students. 


Due to COVID 19 pandemic, only 73 of the total figure appeared physically in the Great Hall to represent the rest who graduated virtually. 


In his remarks, Dr Chakwera reminded graduating students to maintain standards the founding father, former president Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda set, and serve with sacrifice and uniqueness to stand tall in the country.


The Chancellor also urged the graduates to purposely go out and help in the development of this country and unlock their opportunities.


 On UNIMA delinking, Dr Chakwera urged the universities to strive in maintaining high standards of UNIMA.


 ‘The ball is in your court’, said Dr Chakwera. 


UNIMA Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Alfred Mtenje says UNIMA has achieved a lot over the years, and this includes research and projects aimed at transforming lives of Malawians.


 Speaking earlier, Professor Jack Wirima, Chairperson of the University Council said the emergence of COVID-19 has made the university to explore other means of offering studies via online to keep moving.


As part of appreciation to the job well done, Dr Chakwera presented a gift of 100 thousand kwacha to each of the 163 who graduated with distinctions. 


The University of Malawi was established in 1965.


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