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Work hard, be disciplined - VC

September 26, 2017   Our Reporter

The Vice Chancellor for the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) Professor Address Malata on September 25, 2017 called on both new and continuing students at the university to work hard and be disciplined to achieve their goals.

Professor Malata was speaking during a general assembly on the first day of the 2017/18 academic year where she also presented certificates to outstanding students who scored a minimum average of 75 percent in their end of Semester 2 examinations last year.

“You all have a destiny in life and for you to realise it, you need to work hard and being committed to your studies. Aim high and do not strive for average marks because if you get a distinction, for example, there are always many opportunities for you in life including employment and scholarships for further studies,” advised Professor Malata.

“I am heartened to see girls, the hope of the nation, being cheated into unnecessary love affairs that only affect their studies. No-one should cheat you by promising you marriage. If you are withdrawn, that boy will dump you and marry a fellow graduate.”

She also called upon the students to be disciplined, saying they should not be made to believe that abusive language is for university students.

“I have visited several universities in my life but this showering of insults at members of the public is unique to Malawi. I do not want you to be involved in it. Both the university and you as students stand to lose out if you are involved in abusive language because we will lose the trust and goodwill people have for this institution.

“Already we have several companies willing to provide scholarships to needy and bright students. Now imagine you meet these people while you are in the college bus and you start insulting them, would they continue with their plans?” said the Vice Chancellor.

Professor Malata also told the students that the university is arranging with several companies to provide internship opportunities for our students to gain industry experience but the sustainability of this would depend on how the students would behave while on such internships.

Talking about the outstanding students, Professor Malata congratulated all those who received the certificates, asking them to maintain their high academic standards.

“Those of you who have missed it this time around, please work hard so that next time, you should also be recognised. Let me also congratulate all first year students who have been selected to MUST. Don’t be cheated, coming here shows that you are the cream of the nation. There were over 17,000 applicants for public university selection last year but only around 4,000 were picked by the four public universities. But out of this group, for you to make it to MUST is a huge achievement, so congratulations. The journey has just began, work harder and continue to shine,” she said.

MUST opened for the 2017/18 academic year yesterday and while continuing students started with lectures, all first year students will spend the week undergoing orientation on a number of issues involving their stay and studies at MUST.

There are around 500 students selected into MUST’s 14 undergraduate academic programmes this year.

The Vice Chancellor for the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) Professor Address Malata on September 25, 2017 called on both new and continuing students at the university to work hard and be disciplined to achieve their goals.

Professor Malata was speaking during a general assembly on the first day of the 2017/18 academic year where she also presented certificates to outstanding students who scored a minimum average of 75 percent in their end of Semester 2 examinations last year.

“You all have a destiny in life and for you to realise it, you need to work hard and being committed to your studies. Aim high and do not strive for average marks because if you get a distinction, for example, there are always many opportunities for you in life including employment and scholarships for further studies,” advised Professor Malata.

“I am heartened to see girls, the hope of the nation, being cheated into unnecessary love affairs that only affect their studies. No-one should cheat you by promising you marriage. If you are withdrawn, that boy will dump you and marry a fellow graduate.”

She also called upon the students to be disciplined, saying they should not be made to believe that abusive language is for university students.

“I have visited several universities in my life but this showering of insults at members of the public is unique to Malawi. I do not want you to be involved in it. Both the university and you as students stand to lose out if you are involved in abusive language because we will lose the trust and goodwill people have for this institution.

“Already we have several companies willing to provide scholarships to needy and bright students. Now imagine you meet these people while you are in the college bus and you start insulting them, would they continue with their plans?” said the Vice Chancellor.

Professor Malata also told the students that the university is arranging with several companies to provide internship opportunities for our students to gain industry experience but the sustainability of this would depend on how the students would behave while on such internships.

Talking about the outstanding students, Professor Malata congratulated all those who received the certificates, asking them to maintain their high academic standards.

“Those of you who have missed it this time around, please work hard so that next time, you should also be recognised. Let me also congratulate all first year students who have been selected to MUST. Don’t be cheated, coming here shows that you are the cream of the nation. There were over 17,000 applicants for public university selection last year but only around 4,000 were picked by the four public universities. But out of this group, for you to make it to MUST is a huge achievement, so congratulations. The journey has just began, work harder and continue to shine,” she said.

MUST opened for the 2017/18 academic year yesterday and while continuing students started with lectures, all first year students will spend the week undergoing orientation on a number of issues involving their stay and studies at MUST.

There are around 500 students selected into MUST’s 14 undergraduate academic programmes this year.

The Vice Chancellor for the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) Professor Address Malata on September 25, 2017 called on both new and continuing students at the university to work hard and be disciplined to achieve their goals.

Professor Malata was speaking during a general assembly on the first day of the 2017/18 academic year where she also presented certificates to outstanding students who scored a minimum average of 75 percent in their end of Semester 2 examinations last year.

“You all have a destiny in life and for you to realise it, you need to work hard and being committed to your studies. Aim high and do not strive for average marks because if you get a distinction, for example, there are always many opportunities for you in life including employment and scholarships for further studies,” advised Professor Malata.

“I am heartened to see girls, the hope of the nation, being cheated into unnecessary love affairs that only affect their studies. No-one should cheat you by promising you marriage. If you are withdrawn, that boy will dump you and marry a fellow graduate.”

She also called upon the students to be disciplined, saying they should not be made to believe that abusive language is for university students.

“I have visited several universities in my life but this showering of insults at members of the public is unique to Malawi. I do not want you to be involved in it. Both the university and you as students stand to lose out if you are involved in abusive language because we will lose the trust and goodwill people have for this institution.

“Already we have several companies willing to provide scholarships to needy and bright students. Now imagine you meet these people while you are in the college bus and you start insulting them, would they continue with their plans?” said the Vice Chancellor.

Professor Malata also told the students that the university is arranging with several companies to provide internship opportunities for our students to gain industry experience but the sustainability of this would depend on how the students would behave while on such internships.

Talking about the outstanding students, Professor Malata congratulated all those who received the certificates, asking them to maintain their high academic standards.

“Those of you who have missed it this time around, please work hard so that next time, you should also be recognised. Let me also congratulate all first year students who have been selected to MUST. Don’t be cheated, coming here shows that you are the cream of the nation. There were over 17,000 applicants for public university selection last year but only around 4,000 were picked by the four public universities. But out of this group, for you to make it to MUST is a huge achievement, so congratulations. The journey has just began, work harder and continue to shine,” she said.

MUST opened for the 2017/18 academic year yesterday and while continuing students started with lectures, all first year students will spend the week undergoing orientation on a number of issues involving their stay and studies at MUST.

There are around 500 students selected into MUST’s 14 undergraduate academic programmes this year.