UNICEF and UNIMA join hands to have the first-ever inter-university

Vice-Chancellors’ meeting toward realization of Malawi20263 through support to the National Research Agenda

11 August 2022
UNIMA and UNICEF delegation
UNICEF Malawi/2022
The UNIMA and UNICEF delegation

Zomba, August 10 2022: The University of Malawi, in partnership with UNICEF, organized a meeting of all the Vice Chancellors of leading public universities and representatives of notable higher education institutions to discuss the university-led, evidence-based support for Malawi Vision 2063 through the National Research Agenda (NRA). This is in continuation of the support since 2021, UNICEF has been providing to the Government of Malawi under the leadership of NPC and NCST to develop the National Research Agenda in alignment of the First 10- Year Implementation Plan for Malawi 2063.

Prof. Dr. Sajidu Samson, VC, UNIMA welcomed all participants and appreciated their support for this groundbreaking meeting. Mr. Rudolf Schwenk, UNICEF Country Representative said “The implementation of this Agenda requires all of us. It’s success primarily depends on the success of the collaborations amongst key stakeholders belonging to academia. These collaborations must also focus on the child-centred, youth-embedded, high-quality, and ethical research.” The Chair of the NPC, Director General NCST, and Head of AFIDEP addressed the meeting that was attended by Vice Chancellors and their representatives from the universities of Mzuzu, LUANAR, MUST, MUBAS, KUHeS, CUNIMA and UNILIA. All speakers emphasized on the importance of cutting edge, innovative and impactful evidence generation to help the implementation of the National Research agenda and contribute toward achieving Vision Malawi2063. Media and civil society participated in the meeting. The meeting concluded with adopting joint resolutions and agreeing to continue the process of joint and collaborative support and leadership from academia to achieving Vision Malawi2063.

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