The 2013 University of Malawi (Unima) congregation in Zomba on Wednesday saw 447 graduates being awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates.
The graduation, whose theme was ‘Enhancing our impact in the changing environment’, was held at Chancellor College’s Great Hall, saw five people being awarded doctorate degrees.
Speaking during the ceremony, Unima vice-chancellor Professor John Saka attributed the increase in female graduates to courses which they pursue.
“We have indeed got 58 percent female graduates this time because many of these opt for education and nursing courses being offered in our constituent colleges. These are the courses which women prefer to the rest; hence the increase.
“But for the development of the nation, this is a welcome scenario and it gives an opportunity for more women participation in decision-making positions. In addition, stakeholders should make concerted efforts in enhancing the promotion of girls’ education in the country,” he said.
The graduates came from Bunda College of Agriculture (now Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources), Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), Chancellor College and the College of Medicine (CoM).