Exploits University is implementing the Improvement Plan as it looks forward to be accredited by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
During the interaction with the media at the University’s Blantyre campus on Wednesday, Deputy Registrar AlickKalima said so many improvements have been made which are in line with the Improvement Plan.
“In collaboration with NCHE, Exploits University developed an Improvement Plan focusing on three major areas like infrastructure, curriculum and governance and we are optimistic that this will be completed before April this year,” he said.
On infrastructure, the university has purpose built classrooms and lecture halls, disability-friendly steps, upgrading of toilets, dispensary, 12 classrooms with up-to-date facilities, lecturers’ staff room, partition of administration block, library and computer labsand a land in Lilongwe where the University complex will be built.
The university is also working on the curriculum to suit a business school. The modules are being revised, highly qualified academic staff employed and filling of vacant positions both in Blantyre and Lilongwe campuses.
“At Blantyre campus, 13 new lecturers have been recruited and 75 percent of whom hold masters degrees. In total, Blantyre Campus has 29 lecturers,” Kalima said.
On governance, Terms of Reference have been developed for various governance offices and committees to be reviewed to provide checks and balances in the running of the University.These include appointment of new vice chancellor, director of finance, director of quality assurance and enhancement, university registrar and new University Council and Board of Trustees.
Despite the challenges the University has faced in the recent years, Exploits has achieved a lot. Some of the achievements are maintaining enrolment numbers both in Lilongwe and Blantyre, new investors who have ambitious plans and graduation of 2000 students since the University was established in 2010.
“Exploits University will continue to offer a variety of programmesthat are responding to the social-political, economic and technological changes in the industry or environment,” Kalima said.