LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- One of the country’s first private tertiary institutions, Columbia Commonwealth University of Malawi (CCUM), over the weekend graduated 80 students in post graduate qualifications in various programs.
Columbia University, whose affiliates are based in the USA, is the high learning institution; its objectives is to provide educational program designed for intellectual, professional and personal development of its students.
Established in 2002, the University’s educational philosophy is based on the integration of mind, body and spirit that encourages learners to acquire the much-needed skills for the country’s development.
Through its post graduate programs,
MAs and PhDs, this is the University’s 5th congregation, hosted in the capital Lilongwe.
In an interview with The Maravi Post after presiding over the graduation, Lilongwe City Mayor Desmond Bikoko challenged the graduates on job-creation to address high unemployment levels in the country.
Bikoko said qualifications should help graduates to create jobs for themselves and others, without waiting Government to provide employment.
The Mayor therefore lauded the University for the significant contribution it makes to the country’s economy with quality education the institution offers.
“We need to start thinking outside the box; to use our qualifications in creating jobs not always to be employed. Education papers should be step for venturing into business ventures not only for color jobs,” said Bikoko.
In his remarks, Professor Teswafe Ketsela, Columbia university president expressed gratitude over the institution’s strides over education standards promotion.
Professor Ketsela said his institution is responding to many problems surrounding their physical and social environmental towards the country’s economic growth.
“We are proud to be among the first private university to provide high learning education with quality graduates. We will continue helping government’s effort to address unemployment by sending off graduates who will create jobs for themselves and others,” assures Professor Ketsela.
I spoke to one of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student Temwa Msyalie said, “BBA in Marketing called on graduates to be focused.”
She also thanked Columbia University management for their dedication, exhibited in their Diem commitment and desire for students at the institution o excel in whichever area they chose to pursue in their academic career