17/07/2015: UNVERSITY OF MALAWI TO CELEBRATE GOLDEN JUBILEE SEPTEMBER 24 – 26, 2015
The Embassy of Malawi in Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce that the University of Malawi (UNIMA) will be celebrating 50 years of existence (Golden Jubilee) from the September 24 – 25, 2015.
There are many activities that have been planned for the Golden Jubilee including those that are aimed at mobilising resources for the events. Malawians in the Diaspora are requested to support these activities. Other activities requiring support and/or participation are:
- 1. Research Dissemination Conference
There will be an international research conference from 24-25 September in Blantyre. Blantyre is the hub for the main events to be held on 26th September, 2015. International participants to the conference are strongly encouraged to patronize it and already, the call for abstracts is on the conference website. Dr. Blessings Chinsinga, is the chair of the steering committee. UNIMA Alumni in the USA are encouraged to send abstracts and attend the conference. Since funding is a big challenge, one way in which the Alumni could contribute to the event is for them to fund themselves for the conference. Another possibility is for them to consider supporting one or two keynote speakers. This would be a tremendous academic boost to UNIMA. The Conference websites are: http://www.poly.ac.mw/unimardc and http://www.unimardc.org.mw.
- 2. Tracer Study
After so many years of not knowing how UNIMA Alumni are fairing in the workplace, the University has decided to conduct a tracer study whose results are expected to be out by the time of the celebrations. The cost for the study is enormous. UNIMA needs financial support towards the activity. Alumni in the diaspora could consider ways in which they can support the study financially and otherwise.
- 3. Poetry and Essay competitions
As part of the celebrations, an advert has been floated in the local papers calling for submission of poetry and short stories which will be reviewed by a panel of judges to determine winners. Cash prizes will be offered to winning submissions. This is another area where the Alumni in the diaspora can assist. The winning essay or poem(s) can be paid for by Alumni, for example.
- 4. Scholarships for the Best Students
To commemorate the event, the Organising Committee has decided to approach individuals and institutions who may sponsor academically outstanding UNIMA students in the form of scholarship for a specified period (e.g. 1-2 years). The award would cover tuition fees, book and stationery, medical insurance and accommodation expenses. The funding individual or organization may decide to offer part or full scholarship support to a given number of students depending on the resources available for this. Again, this is a category which can potentially be supported by Alumni in the diaspora as well.
- 5. Academic talks and thought leadership for a
It is also being planned that Alumni and other members of the public should engage in intellectual discourse in areas where they can demonstrate thought leadership. This can be in college or public discussion fora. This, too, is an area where the Alumni can feature extensively.
Needless to say that as part of showing their research and scholarly achievements, faculty will, through college open days, exhibit to the public their research, publications, innovations and other intellectual outputs. Alumni from the diaspora can also participate in such events.
The Organizing Committee is chaired by:
Prof Al Mtenje (Ph.D)
Pro Vice Chancellor
University of Malawi
P.O. Box 278
Tel: (265) (0) 1525 247 (Office)
(265) (0) 1 524 031(Fax)
Those interested may contact the Embassy or indeed the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for further details.