NEWS | EDUCATION
By Lawrence Nachipo.
Anthony Phanga, the Executive Director of one of the leading media training institutions in the country, the Malawi Institute of Journalism, has promised that come 2019, his institution is set to start offering degrees in all its three campuses (Mzuzu, Lilongwe, and Blantyre).
The promise was made late last week during the 22nd graduation of its cohort who were being awarded diplomas, and certificates at a colourful ceremony held in Blantyre’s COMESA Hall.
Phanga said plans are at an advanced stage to roll out the degree programmes to meet its reputation, having produced some of the most revered journalists in the country.
“We are not sleeping on planning to introduce the degree program in 2019. MIJ is one of greatest institutions which has produced many professional journalists and it is still producing many journalists, so it’s high time we walked the talk,” he challenged.
Concurring with Phanga, one of the student representatives, Georgia Chirambo said time was now ripe for MIJ to start offering degrees. She however cautioned the institution’s management to address some challenges the students are facing if the dream (of offering degrees) is to materialize.
“The need for the introduction of a degree programme cannot come at a better time than this. However, the management needs to check some of the issues that we, students are facing,” she said.
The gala, under the theme, “Responsible Journalism: A critical instrument in achieving free and fair elections” saw 569 students graduating, with 321 being females.
It was graced by the minister of information, Nicholas Dausi.