7 Feb, 2019

Prof. Kanyama Phiri: It is our duty to ensure that African Universities need to stay relevant to the 21st century aspirations.
The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), in collaboration with Association of African Universities(AAU), conducted a five days training workshop on innovations in teaching and learning towards strengthening the delivery of post graduate education in African universities.

The workshop, which was hosted by LUANAR through the Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish-ACE), took place from 4th to 8th of February 2019 at Golden Peacock in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Vice Chancellor of LUANAR, Professor George Kanyama Phiri, who was the guest of honor, said this world is changing and developing hence the need to advance in delivering lectures.

“It is our duty to ensure that African universities stay relevant to the 21st century aspirations. Let me assure you, there is one way to the top and that’s innovation. African universities must and will have to innovate. Our institutions must consistently endeavor to meet the needs of the industry and this will take learning to higher levels that have not been achieved before,” said Professor Kanyama Phiri.

The Vice Chancellor said LUANAR is progressing in terms of innovations in delivering postgraduate lessons as new methods and techniques are being implemented at the university’s Faculty of Post-graduate Studies.

In his remarks, Director of Aquafish, Professor Emmanuel Kaunda, said the assembling of these intellectuals is a way forward in the attainment of academic excellence in African universities.

“The desire to deliver quality students lies in these elements of innovative teaching and learning. Our quest to achieving innovative graduates is by and large hampered by inadequate capacity in the delivering of course material.”

Dean of Post-Graduate Studies, Dr Macdonald Mwinjiro, said the workshop is of great importance to them because learning never stops.

“There are always new things coming up, new ways of doing things and we have to adapt. Technology is playing a greater role in reaching to many students and all these will enhance their capacity to provide meaningful training.” He said.

The workshop aimed at exploring key concepts and studies on innovative methods of delivery, looking at the challenges and opportunities associated with supervision of students and finding ways on how available technologies will improve delivery of courses in African universities.

The workshop had participants from different universities across African countries such as Malawi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ghana, among others. These are expected to equip their students with the necessary skills so that they are better prepared and well positioned for the industry.