Mutharika presides first MUST graduation

His Excellency the President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, on Tuesday challenged Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) graduates to walk the innovation talk and make a difference to the country in their various fields of expertise.

President Mutharika was speaking at MUST Campus, Ndata -Thyolo when he presided over the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees for the first congregation.

He urged the graduates to think positively at all times and be creators of solutions to problems societies encounter.

“I say to you, our graduating students, that you are a living testimony that with determination and hard work, we can achieve our dreams. Believe in yourself. Be different!

“You are going with skills to bring electricity and quality water to our homes in the villages. You are going out with a mission for us to regain the glory of indigenous knowledge systems that once made Africa a great continent. You are going out as creators of solutions. You are the very spirit,” said President Mutharika.

The Malawi leader called for the spirit of doing business unusual and said as a nation we should be aggressive enough to capitalise on business opportunities. He then commended the University for inculcating the spirit of entrepreneurship in the students.

He said: “Every problem can be an opportunity.That is why people come to our country they find us poor, make money for themselves and leave us poor. Good education must be balanced and practical. We do not teach knowledge for the sake of knowledge. We must never be afraid to break with tradition and start something new. There is always the first time for doing something new.”

During the ceremony, President Mutharika presented a gift to Enelesi Rasheeda Nsamila for graduating with distinction her Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Sciences (Geology).

President Mutharika was also presented with the Bingu Drum that symbolises inspiration, excitement and passion in honour of the former president and founder of MUST, late Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika.

A total of 195 students graduated in various disciplines. The university is registering rapid growth from an initial enrollment of 120 undergraduate and 25 postgraduate students  in 2014, currently, the university boasts of figures around 2,073. All things being equal MUST eyes to have an enrolment of not less than 5,000 students.