NEWS:

25 Sep, 2019


Dr. Mwangwela speaking at the official opening of the meeting
The Director of LUANAR’s Bunda College, Dr. Agnes Mwangwela has challenged the Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Department (AQFSD) at the college to focus on the practical work of its students apart from theory. The Director made the remarks during a curriculum review meeting of the AQFS Department at Mpatsa lodge in Salima on 23rd to 24th September, 2019.

The department is reviewing its programmes so that they meet the current industry needs and advance the development of the country through aquaculture and fisheries.

Speaking at the official opening of the meeting, Dr. Mwangwela said LUANAR needs to produce fit for purpose graduates who will be able to address the challenges that in fish production at both national and international level.

“When reviewing our curriculum, we need to make provision our values of integrity, innovativeness and professionalism so that when our graduates go out, they shouldn’t just rely on the classroom work. We should be able to train them so that they can use their knowledge to innovatively respond to the needs of this country.” She said.

Dr. Mwangwela challenged the department to look into practical work of the students and not just theory. She also asked the Malawi Institute of Education to help the college in areas where there is need for capacity building in terms of delivery.

“We have heard most people talking about our students as being much theoretical. It’s high time that we need to balance theory and practical in delivery of our programmes. Our students must be as practical as possible so that we send out well rounded and balanced graduates,” said Dr. Mwangwela.

The Director appreciated the Department of Fisheries of the Malawi government for the support it renders to the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Science at LUANAR.

“We really acknowledge your support because you are part of government and us as public institution we are there to serve and facilitate what government wants to implement.

“We have post graduate programmes which are mostly research based as such it’s an opportunity for our students to direct the research needs which government has. We would therefore like to request you continue supporting us and collaborate with our members of staff so that they can also continue to contribute to government policies.” She added.

The meeting had different stakeholders like the department of fisheries from government, Malawi Institute of Education, Chancellor College faculty and organisations in the aquaculture and fisheries sector; and also LUANAR faculty in attendance.

For the two days, the team had to review all the AQFS programmmes, the strengths and weaknesses of the current graduates and suggestions for improvement were provided. The team also discussed a proposed new master’s programme (MSc Nomenclature) and a proposal for PhD in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science by Research.

The Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Science at Bunda College offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and PhDs and it enrolls both local and international students. Through the excellent delivery of these programmes, the World Bank selected it as a Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science under the ACEII project.