Malawi President Peter Mutharika has urged university graduates in the country to be creating jobs on top of occupying jobs.
Mutharika made the remarks on Wednesday at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) during the first congregation of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar).
In his speech, Mutharika said that the country needs graduates who can become entrepreneurs and future business leaders.
“We need graduates who can aggressively participate in our direct investment program. We are mobilizing investors because we need to expand the private sector and create more jobs,” Mutharika said.
“For a long time, Malawi has been the government of big government and small private sector. I want to change that and it must be the other way round. Therefore we must all be poised to take our positions in that new setup,” added Mutharika.
According to the Malawi leader, everyone today when they finish school think of being employed.
“But if everyone wanted to be employed by someone else, there would be no one to employ others,” He said.
Commenting on the public universities that are currently closed for the first time, Mutharika said that University Councils are responsible to solve such issues since government gave them mandate to run these universities.
He also said that another reason for the current situation is the resistance to reforms on the part of leaders at the universities.
“When I came to lead this country, we promised to do business unusual, we promised to think outside the box and that is my expectation from every Malawian.
“We cannot improve the quality of education by financing it the same way we have financed it for the last fifty years. Our universities will never change unless we change our culture of thinking. The essence of education is changing how we think,” Mutharika said.
This was the first congregation of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources since they combined Bunda and Natural Resources College campuses to be under Luanar umbrella.