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On May 19, 2017, a delegation from the United States of America (USA) comprising academicians, board members of various institutions and some philanthropists, visited the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) to explore areas of cooperation and partnerships.
According to Acting Executive Dean for the Academy of Medial Sciences, Professor Wilson Mandala, the team wanted to know more about the university and how they can support its activities.
Looking at the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) as the university’s next focus of attention after opening the three schools of Malawi Institute of Technology (MIT), Ndata School of Climate and Earth Sciences (NSCES) and the Bingu School of Culture and Heritage (BSCH), management decided to take the visitors on a tour of the campus and AMS’s facilities such as the teaching hospital.
AMS will be the next school to open its doors at MUST and will focus on programmes and projects that will fill existing gaps in the country’s medial field. One such area is to train experts in medial microbiology and medial officers with expertise in non-communicable diseases.
“Ideally we took them around the campus and afterwards we had a meeting with them where we briefed them about the history of the university, its structure and programmes, future plans and challenges. We even had some students to explain their challenges. In the end, it was a fruitful and candid discussion,” said Professor Mandala.
On their part, the visiting delegation, apart from learning more about MUST, also gave suggestions on how to deal with some issues.
For example, they suggested the need for the university to look at alternative sources of income on top of government subvention. They also proposed an office in future that could be looking at issues of student placements by arranging and collaborating with industry to get internship and employment placement for students.
One of the team members, Professor Sally Rankin of University of California in San Francisco, who was visiting Malawi for the 20th time, hailed MUST for being ambitious enough to go into areas where others fear.
She encouraged MUST to strive for excellence in whatever it does.