University of Malawi (Unima) vice-chancellor Professor John Kalenga Saka says the rise in unemployment among graduates in the country has forced the institution to introduce an entrepreneurship programme.
He said this at Chancellor College’s Great Hall in Zomba yesterday during the third graduation for the 2015/16 academic year where 678 graduands were awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees.
Saka said the entrepreneurship programme scheduled to start in the 2017/18 academic year, will centre on successful business plans, risks and management of businesses.
“The programme will be examinable and applicable in all courses students pursue in the university to make the students more resourceful after completing their studies,” he said.
Saka further called on the graduands to play their roles with diligence, commitment, patriotism, integrity and professionalism at their work or business places.
“The power of the degree is sensed when graduands demonstrate their knowledge by making it useful to the development of the country,” he said.
Saka furthermore disclosed that refinement of the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Policy for Unima, which seeks to increase enrolment of students to attain higher learning, is near completion.
“The ODL policy will enable Unima to provide quality and equitable higher learning education to all Malawians qualified for tertiary education,” he said.
Unima Council chairperson Professor Jack Wirima concurred with Saka, saying in addition to introducing ODL and other new programmes, the institution is also committed to improving its infrastructure.
“Our objective is to have good infrastructure to enable us provide quality and equitable tertiary education to students that will spur the socio-economic development of the country,” he said.