Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) vice-chancellor Professor Address Malata says they are committed to supporting the Malawi Vision 2063 (MW2063) to achieve the intended goals.
Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a visit by Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Iwakiri to the campus at Ndata in Thyolo District yesterday, she said the institution believes it can make a contribution to the new agenda for Malawi.
Said Malata: “Within that agenda, capacity building and human capital development is a key factor. As an institution, that’s exactly what we are doing and what we also aspire to do.”
The MW2063 puts human capital development as enabler number five and, among others, states that there shall be quality access to infrastructure for science, technology and innovation and equipping academic institutions with world-class laboratories.
She said Must is committed to maintaining good ethical standards while ensuring that they make significant contributions to MW2063 through the various programmes and science and technological innovations.
The Vice-Chancellor described the ambassador’s visit as very important, saying it will strengthen the existing relationship between the university and Japan.
In a separate interview, Iwakiri said his country is committed in supporting Must as it is important for the economic growth of the country through science and technology.
He said: “Must is proving to be a focal point of development as it is producing human resource which is extraordinary and well-versed with the industry.
“Science and technology is very important for the country’s economic development and the university is helping a lot. That is why the Japanese Government wants to continue supporting the university.”
The envoy urged the institution to maintain good standards, pledging to continue providing any needed support to facilitate good learning.
During the visit, Iwakiri donated books and toured the university campus where he appreciated the structures and works that students undertake together with staff.