EGENCO Partners Polytechnic in Skills Development

Liabunya (left) and Kululanga signing the partnership Liabunya (left) and Kululanga signing the partnership - pic by Happy Njalam'mano

The Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) and Malawi Polytechnic have entered into a partnership in an effort to promote skills development for national development.

EGENCO Chief Executive Officer, Williams Liabunya, says they want to see more female engineers joining the industry and promote research and technology.

“We felt that on our own as a company, we could not go into detailed research and develop some technological ways of doing things. We therefore decided that Malawi Polytechnic which is an institution of learning better up the way we do things.

“We also have desire that we should develop engineering qualifications of the females in the country. The girl child in the science and mathematics has been our goal,” he said.

Polytechnic Principal, Professor Grant Kululanga, says the partnership is symbiotic that will benefit both parties.

“It is not just about students going to industry for internship, but also it includes members of staff going to industry and understand issues which will contribute in research and consultancy.

“We want to encourage female engineers in Malawi and EGENCO is sponsoring scholarships particularly to targeted female students so that they become engineers. We want to increase a percentage of lady engineers in Malawi and EGENCO has come in the forefront for this particular partnership,” he said.

The three year partnership is subject to review.

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