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27 August, 2018

NEW COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON FOR UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI MEETS UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP

 

The newly appointed Chairperson for Council of University of Malawi Reverend Dr. Billy Gama on Friday 24th August 2018 met the University of Malawi senior leadership as well as representatives from various committees and unions.

The meeting took place at the University Office’s boardroom in Zomba whose aim was for the Chairperson to familiarize himself with the University leadership and to offer his commitment so as to achieve the set objectives of the University.

In his opening remarks, the Chairperson told the meeting that he was not the best candidate for the post but that he relied on the support of the University leadership to achieve the mandates of the University.

“I am not the best candidate but with your support, we will together do greater things as a result of team work”, he said.

Dr. Billy Gama who was the board Chairperson for Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) before being appointed as Unima Council Chairperson highlighted a number of issues to the gathered leadership on what would be called success for the University.

 

On Stability of the Academic Calendar…

“If the University remains open when it is required to remain open and that will depend on the dialogue so that academic programmes conclude within their stipulated academic calendars. As your Chairperson, I will give you all the necessary support so that we achieve our goals. Dr. Gama assured. He was referring to the numerous breaks that the University has had over the past few years as a result of industrial disagreements with both the academic and support staff unions.

 

On delinking of the University…

“We are at a time when we are in the process of delinking the University through the Taskforce. The process is not for the Taskforce alone but the responsibility of all of us. Let us find ways and means of assisting in addressing the challenges the delinking team might be facing. The idea is that after the delinking process, the new Universities should be known by their philosophies just as College of Medicine and Kamuzu College of Nursing are going to be merged. Therefore, the new entity should be known by what it will stand for-the philosophy. We then need to be part of this history. The Chancellor is looking forward to the success of this delinking but also that the process should be concluded in time”, he emphasized.

 

 

On Finances …

“We are all aware that the budget has a shortfall of K12.7 billion. There is already commitment from government that come February 2019 all the required resources will be channeled to the University. The Chancellor himself has assured me of the availability of the resources since 75% of his life has been spent in the University. Therefore, he appreciates the necessity of having adequate resources, he stated.

 

On the 10% salary increment for 2018/2019 budget….

“10% will be honoured for the 2018/2019 financial year. However, the University should engage in fundraising activities to complement government efforts. For example, the issue of Internationalization Policy should be fast-tracked so that we are able to secure partnerships with different organizations. Vice chancellor encourage your staff to secure various partnerships from which we can get support as additional resources. Thursday last week (17 August 2019) I met the Chinese Ambassador. He has agreed that we meet with him within the half of the year. Between 7-9 people will be travelling to China to encourage partnerships but we also need to encourage local partnerships’, he concluded.

 

However, members to the meeting wanted to know on the progress of delinking considering that since the Taskforce was constituted, senior leadership of the University has not been kept in the loop. The Chairperson assured the Committee that within the week from 17th to 21st September 2018 University management and Council will meet the Taskforce. Thereafter on 16th October, 2018 a full report from the Taskforce will be presented to Council then on 17th October, 2018 Council will be discussing the recommendations of the 16th October, 2018 meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON FOR UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI MEETS UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP

 

The newly appointed Chairperson for Council of University of Malawi Reverend Dr. Billy Gama on Friday 24th August 2018 met the University of Malawi senior leadership as well as representatives from various committees and unions.

The meeting took place at the University Office’s boardroom in Zomba whose aim was for the Chairperson to familiarize himself with the University leadership and to offer his commitment so as to achieve the set objectives of the University.

In his opening remarks, the Chairperson told the meeting that he was not the best candidate for the post but that he relied on the support of the University leadership to achieve the mandates of the University.

“I am not the best candidate but with your support, we will together do greater things as a result of team work”, he said.

Dr. Billy Gama who was the board Chairperson for Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) before being appointed as Unima Council Chairperson highlighted a number of issues to the gathered leadership on what would be called success for the University.

 

On Stability of the Academic Calendar…

“If the University remains open when it is required to remain open and that will depend on the dialogue so that academic programmes conclude within their stipulated academic calendars. As your Chairperson, I will give you all the necessary support so that we achieve our goals. Dr. Gama assured. He was referring to the numerous breaks that the University has had over the past few years as a result of industrial disagreements with both the academic and support staff unions.

 

On delinking of the University…

“We are at a time when we are in the process of delinking the University through the Taskforce. The process is not for the Taskforce alone but the responsibility of all of us. Let us find ways and means of assisting in addressing the challenges the delinking team might be facing. The idea is that after the delinking process, the new Universities should be known by their philosophies just as College of Medicine and Kamuzu College of Nursing are going to be merged. Therefore, the new entity should be known by what it will stand for-the philosophy. We then need to be part of this history. The Chancellor is looking forward to the success of this delinking but also that the process should be concluded in time”, he emphasized.

 

 

On Finances …

“We are all aware that the budget has a shortfall of K12.7 billion. There is already commitment from government that come February 2019 all the required resources will be channeled to the University. The Chancellor himself has assured me of the availability of the resources since 75% of his life has been spent in the University. Therefore, he appreciates the necessity of having adequate resources, he stated.

 

On the 10% salary increment for 2018/2019 budget….

“10% will be honoured for the 2018/2019 financial year. However, the University should engage in fundraising activities to complement government efforts. For example, the issue of Internationalization Policy should be fast-tracked so that we are able to secure partnerships with different organizations. Vice chancellor encourage your staff to secure various partnerships from which we can get support as additional resources. Thursday last week (17 August 2019) I met the Chinese Ambassador. He has agreed that we meet with him within the half of the year. Between 7-9 people will be travelling to China to encourage partnerships but we also need to encourage local partnerships’, he concluded.

 

However, members to the meeting wanted to know on the progress of delinking considering that since the Taskforce was constituted, senior leadership of the University has not been kept in the loop. The Chairperson assured the Committee that within the week from 17th to 21st September 2018 University management and Council will meet the Taskforce. Thereafter on 16th October, 2018 a full report from the Taskforce will be presented to Council then on 17th October, 2018 Council will be discussing the recommendations of the 16th October, 2018 meeting.