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SPEECH DELIVERED BY PROFESSOR ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE MALAWI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MUST)

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SPEECH DELIVERED BY PROFESSOR ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA, THE STATE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALAWI DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE MALAWI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MUST) AND MATAPWATA DAYSECONDARY SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, 24TH OCTOBER, 2014 IN THYOLO
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  REPUBLIC OF MALAWI SPEECH DELIVERED BY PROFESSOR ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA, THE STATE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALAWI DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE MALAWI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MUST) AND MATAPWATA DAYSECONDARY SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, 24TH OCTOBER, 2014 IN THYOLO ∙    Your Excellency Madam Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of the Republic of Malawi ∙   Right Honourable Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi and Madam Mary Chilima ∙   His Excellency, Mr Zhang Qingyang, the Chinese Ambassador to Malawi  ∙   Dr Emmanuel Fabiano, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, MP ∙   All Cabinet Ministers here present ∙   Mrs Thokozile Banda, Principal Secretary responsible for Basic and Secondary Education, ∙   Professor John Saka, Chairman of the Malawi Universityof Science and Technology Council and all Council Members. ∙   Vice Chancellors of Public and Private Universitiespresent ∙   The District Commissioner for Thyolo, Mr Charles Thombozi, ∙   Management, Staff and Students of MUST ∙   Distinguished invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen I am extremely delighted to witness this great day when we are officially opening these two magnificent institutions – TheMalawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) andMatapwata Day Secondary School. The establishment of this University in particular, is a remarkable milestone in the history of education in this country. The journey that started as a dream and a vision by the former Head of State, the late Professor Bingu wa Mutharika in 2011 has now come to a reality. Those of  you who attended or listened to the speech which the former State President made during the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of this university whose theme was: “TURNING MALAWI INTO AN INDUSTRIAL NATION”. He said, “This University is a new milestone in our quest as a nation to promote education as the means of enhancing our macroeconomic growth and development. Today also marks the beginning of the realization of my dream of establishing six new universities to respond to the challenges and demands for increased equitable access to institutions of higher learning. My aim is to ensure that every citizen in our country, regardless of tribe, religion or the areas he/she comes from, should have the opportunity and the right to higher education. This University is being established at my initiative. I conceptualized this and even designed the main building that you will one day see rise above the grounds of this area….” Ladies and gentlemen, I stand here a very happy man for a number of reasons and I am aware that many Malawians are happy too for this great architectural masterpiece we see here. I would like to agree with the Chairman of Council and Minister of Education, Science and Technology that this is one of the best  Universities not only in Africa but even beyond. I am happy that despite the so many challenges that were experienced during construction, this University was finally completed and opened for our deserving sons and daughters of Malawi. The Malawi University of Science and Technology and Matapwata Day Secondary School have been constructed with funding from the Government of the People's Republic of China following the establishment of our diplomatic relations with that country. At this juncture, allow me to sincerely thank the Chinese Government for financial support and provision of the Contractor who has done a wonderful  job. I would like to thank all my fellow Malawians who in various capacities contributed to the establishment of this University. In particular, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to members of the Public Universities Working Committee for their tireless commitment and effort to ensure that this university is operational. I would also like to thank the University Council and the Management team for the hard work that has enabled this university to be fully operational and my

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