President Peter Mutharika returned from his European tour yesterday stating that the prestigious Oxford University in England has expressed interest to partner local universities, especially in the area of research projects.
However, in his brief response to a question from taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), the President was mum on pre-trip pledges to sign three multi-million euro (about K150 billion) financial agreements.
Yesterday, Mutharika said Oxford University was interested to cooperate with the local universities in research works in economics, agriculture and science.
The President said he has since told the Oxford University that he will assign Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano to start the process of negotiating with the university.
But the President did not make any comments on the ongoing standoff between teachers in public primary and secondary schools and government.
The President is expected to address a news conference on his trip at a date to be announced by State House Press Office.
Prior to Mutharika’s trip last week, State House director of communications Bright Molande said the President was scheduled to bring home $185 million euro (about K150 billion) from three financial agreements which were 100 million euro for Kulima Project, 70 million euro for nutrition and 15 million euro for supporting the National Authorising Office at the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.