The University of Malawi (Unima) has challenged students to apply the knowledge gained in schools to help solve social-economic problems affecting the country.
Unima registrar Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga said university students need to innovate and help government in finding solutions.
He was speaking in Blantyre on Friday at the launch of Unicef-Polytechnic Innovation Hub.
The hub, a partnership initiative between United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and Unima, seeks to provide a platform to identify, develop and scale-up innovations that can contribute to the country’s development.
“This hub, therefore, aims at providing the youths with opportunities to research and find solutions to problems affecting the country,” he said.
Unicef country representative Mahimbo Mdoe called on young people to be at the heart of innovations.
He noted that Malawi has a pool of young innovators who are making a difference in their communities.
Mdoe cited William Kamkwamba who built an electric-producing windmill from bicycle spare-parts and scrap to power his home in Salima.
He also commended Malawi for the progress the country has made in promoting innovations such as the monitoring of children’s nutritional status and delivery of children’s HIV test results through short message services (SMSs).