The Chinese Government’s donation of 20 computers to University of Blantyre Synod (UBS) of the Church of the Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) is expected to boost its accreditation drive, officials have said.
Some of the requirements for the National Council for Higher Education (Nche) to accredit a university include having computers, a laboratory and a fully stocked library.
Presenting the computers worth $30 000 (K22 million), Chinese Ambassador Shi-Ting Wang said the world is in the era of information technology and without computers, people are backward.
“Education holds the key for the development of any country. The reason China has scored notable achievements over the past 40 years is that the country attaches great importance to education,” he said.
UBS resource mobilisation chairperson Joseph Mwanamvekha, who is also Minister for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, thanked the Chinese Government for providing computers.
UBS lead person the Reverend Dr Billy Gama said Nche is expected to make final assessment of the institution this week and recruitment is expected to start in October ahead of the official opening in January next year.
“We are excited because we have met some of the Nche requirements,” he said. n