UNILIA Women’s Fund has set records for contributions for the 2020-21 school year. They have provided scholarships totaling over $10,000 ($4,372 for the first semester and $6,600 for the second semester).
Total contributions starting in 2014 have now exceeded $50,000 and has provided support to over 50 women.
This academic year has been especially challenging since the university had to close temporarily because of Covid-19 restrictions, and there has been a change of leadership in the top administration at Laws Campus. Still, the selection committee continued to make decisions carefully and even added the Finance Director to their group, which was a smart idea.
- reported by: Patricia Erdmann
Loyce Machine - UNILIA Women’s Fund recipient
President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has challenged graduates to be bold and create new opportunities on the job market instead of competing for the old ones.
Chakwera was speaking Tuesday at Rafiki Institute in Mzuzu when he attended the 14th University of Livingstonia graduation where 521 students graduated with certificates, Diplomas, Bachelors Degrees and Masters Degrees.
“The creation of a new Malawi calls on all college graduates to use their acquired knowledge and skills for the expansion of our nation’s developmental and human capital.” - Chakwera said.
The President also encouraged the graduates to create innovations of lasting value in these hard times of covid-19 pandemic.
He said Malawi needs a new breed of graduates who provide solutions when problems arise and not those who run away.
Resonating with President Chakwera, the Vice Chancellor for the University of Livingstonia, Rev Dr. Timothy Nyasulu said despite challenges like the Covid -19 pandemic, the university has been able to produce a crop of these graduates. He therefore, asked government to expedite the construction of Livingstonia-Njakwa Road that leads to its Laws campus as students and staff face challenges using it.
Only 40 students attended the graduation physically due to the prevailing Covid -19 situation while the rest attended virtually.
Dr. Lazarus Chakwera (image source: Malawi Voice)
The Chancellor of the University, Reverend John Gondwe who is also moderator of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, said they have purchased old Viphya Private Secondary school premises in Mzuzu and by April this year, the Mzuzu Campus of the university will be operational.
“The University of Livingstonia has purchased the old Viphya private secondary school premises at 425 million Kwacha. We plan to introduce courses in agriculture, business, accounting and many others,” said Gondwe.
The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia under which the University of Livingstonia was established appreciated the Government of Malawi for supporting the institution in several ways.
“We got an 800 million Kwacha grant from the Malawi Government to construct hostels at our Laws campus in Livingstonia. Aside that, our staff have also been benefiting from MEDEF loans and we appreciate government for the support”, said Gondwe.
This means, the University of Livingstonia will now have three campuses, Laws Campus at Khondowe Mission in Rumphi, the Ekwendeni campus in Mzimba and the Kaning'ina Campus in Mzuzu city.
UNILIA also has a vast land at Lusangazi; where the chancellor of the university highlights that it will be used as a practical site for various courses the university is offering.
We had a very successful virtual fundraiser on September 19. Please take a look at the video of the fundraiser. We reached 191 Facebook viewers and received donations of $22,675. Working with the University of Livingstonia administrators, donations will be used as follows:
$3,470: Designated for Scholarships.
$4,735: Completion of classroom at Kaning'ina campus to accommodate evening and weekend students.
$10,710: Laboratory fittings at Kaning'ina campus to meet accreditation standards for agriculture science classes.
$3,760: Majority of cost to raise walls for addition to library at Ekwendeni campus.