Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) and University of Leeds of the United Kingdom (UK) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enable the two universities to exchange staff and students, among others.
The signing of the MoU took place yesterday at Must campus in Thyolo.
In an interview after the signing, Must vice-chancellor Professor Address Malata said the agreement will benefit her university and the country as whole, as Leeds University has almost all courses offered at her university.
She said: “The University of Leeds is one of the top universities in UK. What we want to see is that our university should grow not only in numbers but in quality. We are going to look into issues of joint research, joint applications of grants and we are looking at students and staff exchange.”
On his part, University of Leeds executive dean and faculty of environment professor Andy Dougill said the MoU was signed to address some of the major pressing climate and environmental issues that need technological solutions.
“In the past, Leeds strongly works and we will continue working strongly with Luanar [Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources] but we thought of extending this to Malawi University of Science and Technology to respond to environmental problems that need technological solutions,” he said.
Must was established in 2012 but started its operation in 2014. It has about 2 000 students.