Malawi President Peter Mutharika has called on business captains to utilise the skills to be developed at the officially opened Malawi University of Science and Technology ( MUST) for the growth of both their industries and country’s economy.
Speaking during the official opening Friday at Ndata in Thyolo, Mutharika said the university will be meaningless without interface with the industry.
Mutharika said MUST was established to be a world class centre of science and technology, research and entrepreneurship.
“My Government expects this University to provide a conducive environment for quality education, training, and research, entrepreneurship to facilitate economic growth in Malawi and beyond,” said Mutharika.
He further said his government realises that there is a direct link between international competitiveness and invention on one hand and innovation and technology development on the other.
“In fact, globally, it is recognised that Science and Technology plays a critical role in transforming the lives of people in society. As I speak now, there is no country in the world that has developed or is rapidly developing without applying the principles and practices of science and technology,” Mutharika observed.
He therefore said institution place a great responsibility for the staff and students present, and future, to prove the nation that investment in science and technology education can make a difference to Malawi.
He said the industry has a critical role to play if this university is to make a positive mark to the country.
The Malawi University of Science and Technology have been constructed with funding from the Government of the People’s Republic of China following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
At this point, Mutharika thanked the Chinese Government for financial support and provision of the Contractor who constructed the institution.