21 Dec, 2018

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Some of the graduates
The Chairperson of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) Council, Professor James Seyani, urged LUANAR graduates to be innovative and create their own opportunities, saying there are numerous opportunities out there and infinite possibilities of what they could do with their kind of training, talent, diligence, passion and character.

Professor Seyani was speaking during the Third LUANAR Congregation on 20th December 2018 at LUANAR NRC Campus.

He urged them to be part of the equation and take their rightful place in contributing to the national aspirations in working towards the attainment of the nation’s development goals, saying they should productively exploit their innovative skills and knowledge to become great innovators, pathfinders, employers and entrepreneurs.

“Each one of you has been endowed with skills, talents, time and space to decide responsibly, invest productively, and prudently manage what you have got; and make good returns. If you are creative, determined, passionate and resolute, it is only a matter of time before you get ahead of the pack. The result will be rewarding and your commendable abilities will be spotted, and the returns will be handsome. Remember that success is one of those rare gifts in life that is never given but always earned and sustained. That also means, if you bury your talent, you will die without having accomplished anything. Don’t just let life pass you by – make it count by putting it to good and productive use,” he said.

In his remarks, LUANAR Vice Chancellor, who was presiding over the graduation, said within the few years of its existence, LUANAR has made tremendous strides towards establishing itself to be on a right path to achieving its vision of becoming a world class university, excellent in its core responsibilities of innovative teaching and research.
He said the University curricula have undergone rigorous transformation to reflect realities on the ground which among others call for climate smart technologies in agriculture and natural resources.

“The University is also mindful of the call by the Chancellor for a mindset change among our graduates to take farming as a career. The new curricula are therefore being reoriented in order to take cognizance of our Chancellors’ similar advice in the previous congregation,” he said.

He further said the LUANAR fraternity prepared the graduands very well by offering them a wholesome learning experience that nurtured and sharpened their skills.
“Our University is confident that, as we release our products to the society and industry, they have what it takes to fit and succeed in their different endeavours. Employ them and you will not regret. We are confident that they will be able to solve problems, think critically and show value-based leadership to contribute to the necessary positive transformation of society,” he said.

Over 1800 students graduated with bachelors degrees, masters degrees and doctorate degrees for various disciplines offered by the University.