The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) says it is impressed with institutional growth it has achieved as a fully-fledged university six years after delinking from the University of Malawi (Unima).
Luanar vice-chancellor Professor George Kanyama Phiri made the remarks during the institution’s third graduation ceremony that saw 1 673 graduands receiving certificates, diplomas and degrees in various fields.
He said: “The most significant achievement is that we have increased our intake to 1 000 per year from around 100 to 200 per year when Luanar was launched. The numbers have increased up to 10 000 students from various campuses and Open and Distance Learning [ODL] programmes.”
On his part, Luanar Council chairperson James Seyani boasted that the institution has supplied the agricultural market with highly-qualified personnel who will contribute to productivity in Malawi.
Out of the 1 673 graduands, four were awarded with doctorate degrees and 25 with masters degrees while the rest were awarded certificates and diplomas.
In 2012, Parliament passed a law to delink the then Bunda College of Agriculture from Unima and combine it with Natural Resources College (NRC) to form Luanar.