As part of celebrations marking 50 years of existence, the University of Malawi (UNIMA) is on October 10 2015 expected to launch its flag and anthem.
In a statement on Tuesday, UNIMA’s assistant registrar (Communication & Marketing), Peter Mitunda said the celebrations will be held at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
He said five parades by cohorts of graduates streamlined by a period of a decade from 1965, will march to the tune of the Malawi Police Service and Malawi Defence Force brass bands from the Blantyre Civic Centre to Kamuzu Stadium.
According to Mitunda, activities at the stadium include conferment of honorary degrees, floats of scholarly exhibitions by students and lecturers as well as floats of UNIMA alumni symbolizing collaboration with society.
“A documentary cataloguing the life journey of the University of Malawi in its 50 years of existence; Netball and football matches between UNIMA veterans and current students, and launching of the UNIMA flag and Unima anthem,” he said.
To curtain-raise the climax of the celebrations, Mitunda said an International Conference and Gala Ball will take place at Hotel Victoria from September 24 to 25.
He added that a Thought Leadership Dialogue will be held at Chancellor College from September 30 to October 1.
Meanwhile, as part of the celebrations, the Malawi National Commission for UNESCO is inviting submission of articles from academicians and scholars in the fields of Educational Policy, Planning, Leadership and Management to be published in a book.
In a statement last week, the Commission said the book will be a reflective treatise of Malawi’s Education system in the past 50 plus years and beyond including the pre-colonial era.
It said the articles should be about Malawi’s education system and cover issues of educational philosophy, history of education development and the educational culture (values, beliefs, customs/social habits and the art of education).
Other issues include educational organisational dynamics (governance, community participation, legal provisions, leadership, management and politics), funding/financing models that work for the Malawian context, and monitoring/evaluation practices.
Deadline for submission of abstracts, with maximum of 250 words, is September 30, 2015.