New Publication: Top Eight Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Malawi


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RUFORUM recognizes the need for greater youth participation in enterprise development and business incubation and through its member universities and partners has supported training and skills development in this respect. It has also supported start-ups through innovative financing mechanism of the revolving fund implemented in some member universities.

RUFORUM believes in youth entrepreneurship as the game changer in ensuring greater youth participation and integration into the economic growth at national and regional levels and for youth employment. We bring you a new publication focusing on the top nine Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Malawi. Click here to download the publication.

MUST: A university aligned to national aspirations


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By James Mphande, Communications Manager

That Malawi has predominantly been an importing and consuming nation is well documented and it is sad. The goodness is that Government has finally decided to do something to make the country a predominantly producing and exporting nation.

And looking at the majority of countries at the centre of production, manufacturing and export, one thing is clear: They have embraced and are utilising science and technology. For Malawi, this means it too has to take the same root.

But first things, first. Malawi needs to develop knowledge and skills in science and technology with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship so that when industries are opened, there is a steady flow of human resources to transform raw materials into technologically inspired usable commodities and items.

This is probably where Malawi’s fourth public university comes in. The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) was established by an Act of Parliament No. 31 of 2012 with the aim of promoting the development, adaptation, transfer and application of science, technology and innovation for macro- and micro-economic development of Malawi.

Its vision is to be a world class centre of science and technology education, research and entrepreneurship which is being realised through the provision of conducive environment for quality education, training, research, and entrepreneurship, and outreach activities.

Officially opened on October 24, 2014, when fully operational MUST will have four schools i.e. the Malawi Institute of Technology (MIT), Ndata School of Climate and Earth Sciences (NSCES), Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), and, Bingu School of Culture and Heritage (BSCH) to be led by Executive Deans.

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Intra-ACP Mobility scholarship and RUFORUM award reshaped my career


Joash1.jpgThe Boeing 737-800 aircraft touched down at Kamuzu International Airport at about 12.30 pm on the 13th of June 2014. The plane’s door opened and I walked out to step on Malawi soil for the first time in my life. I had just arrived from my home country, Kenya, to pursue a master’s degree in Aquaculture at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), thanks to the Intra-ACP Mobility Project that awarded me a scholarship. My MSc study at LUANAR has greatly reshaped my career and opened doors to another world.

The design of the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scholarship did not cover research costs, but adequately catered for tuition, travel and living expenses. I was therefore privileged to secure another award, a Field Attachments Program Award (FAPA) from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). This award (RU FAPA 2015 086) was

The design of the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scholarship did not cover research costs, but adequately catered for tuition, travel and living expenses. I was therefore privileged to secure another award, a Field Attachments Program Award (FAPA) from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). This award (RU FAPA 2015 086) was a very a timely compliment to the Intra-ACP Scholarship and helped me carry out my research.  My research project, titled “Effect of dietary spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) supplements on growth, hematological factors and survival of Oreochromis shiranus challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila” has equipped me with a wealth of experience that will help me contribute to the expansion of aquaculture within and outside Kenya.

JoashDuring my time in Malawi, I have developed an incredible network of friends, peers, and professional contacts and have gained skills in conducting research studies, literature search, analyzing and summarizing data. I have gained experience in feed processing and storage, removal of anti-nutrients in fish feed ingredients, fish feed formulation, and proximate analysis of nutrients in fish tissue and feed ingredients. Furthermore, my project research exposed me to the analysis of growth models and feeding experiment protocols in fish. I am also well versed in sterile microbiological techniques, DNA and RNA extraction, spectrophotometry, use of a haemocytometer, microscopic investigation, aseptic technique, and bacterial isolation and cultivation.

Otiato Siringi is a Kenyan-born and based specialist in education, horticulture and aquaculture. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Kenyatta University and, more recently, Master of Science in Aquaculture from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). Joash previously worked as a high school teacher at Juja Preparatory and Senior School, Kenya, where he taught biology, chemistry and agriculture.

Contact: siringi2007@yahoo.com/ siringi2007@gmail.com

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Dialogue on STISA 2024: African Ministers meet in Malawi


Written by Patricia Nkhoma (Communications and Social Media Reporter, LUANAR)

Above: African Ministers signing the Communique during the meeting

Above: African Ministers signing the Communique during the meeting

Higher Education, Science and Technology Ministers and Senior Government met in Lilongwe Malawi from last month to discuss the recent approved Science, Technology, and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024).

Speaking during the opening of the first day of the meeting, Chief Director in the Ministry of Education Ambassador Charles Msosa was pleased that the government of Malawi accepted to host such an important meeting as the country aims at promoting higher education in the country. In his remarks, he said as a Champion for Higher Education in Africa, the Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is committed to promote higher education in the country as well as the entire Africa.

At the meeting, the RUFORUM Executive Secretary, Professor Adipala Ekwamu, thanked the Malawi government for hosting the meeting as well as officiating the opening ceremony. “As a network of African Universities, we greatly appreciate and applaud the leadership role President Mutharika is undertaking to champion the cause of Higher Education Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa,” said Professor Ekwamu.

The two day event was convened to discuss mechanisms to strengthen higher education, science, technology and innovation in Africa as a means of ensuring achievement of the recently approved agenda 2030- the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We hope that through this meeting and others to follow, we shall consolidate recent developments by strengthening high level partnerships and policy support for re-engineering African higher education, science and technological innovation in Africa, particularly in the area of agriculture science,” said Professor Ekwamu.

Presenting at the meeting, Dr Moses Osiru, the RUFORUM Deputy Executive Secretary, among others called for an increased research outputs through partnerships and regional collaborations, and facilitate universities to emerge as knowledge centers of excellence as well as improve equitable access to higher education across socio-economic quintiles and across gender.

He further emphasised on the need to strengthen the use of Information Communication and Technology (ICTs) for enhanced access and quality of higher education in Africa and the need for increased (and) long-term funding to the higher education sector, as a key driver of development including mobilisation of African philanthropists and private sector

In September, RUFORUM organised a planning workshop for developing and implementation plan for priority area 1 of STISA 2024 which was also held in Malawi.