Malawi: Ipor Advancing Transformation of Malawi’s Higher Education

Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR) has said challenges–students face when enrolling and learning in public universities and struggling to find employment thereafter–raise serious doubts about the efficacy of the higher education system in Malawi.

IPOR–specialists in surveys and social science research, advisory and consulting–says it is, therefore, implementing a five-year Transforming Higher Education Systems project, which seeks to address gaps in all those critical stages in order to have desirable and employable graduates.

IPOR’s Director of Strategy and Management, Professor Blessings Chinsinga, made the sentiments on Monday in Lilongwe during a workshop for students drawn from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).

Chinsinga said transforming the higher education system is important for education “is one of the critical building blocks for any country’s development”.

“We need to ensure that whoever is qualified, gets into university. While there, they have to experience learning that is transformative. Learning that adds value to their knowledge based skills and expertise.

“When out of university, we want the job industry to be satisfied with the quality of the graduates the institutions of higher learning are producing”.

He added that–through the project–students, lecturers and employers will be engaged to have a common understanding of what needs to be done to transform the higher education system for it to serve its purpose, more especially in national development.