Touring the US3.1 million project, Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Bright Msaka said the facility will help ease space challenge in universities by allowing more students to access higher education.
“Most students despite having good results to get higher learning, fail, because of lack of space in public universities. It is against this background that the Mzuzu University established the Open and Distance Learning facilities. Government’s vision is to create enough space so that many eligible students can access higher education and this is a dream coming true,” said Msaka.
The satellite resource centre constructed in Mzuzu just behind the Mzuzu University campus is a game changer in as far as this initiative is concerned.
“From this centre, which we can proudly say is finished, we will be able to videostream live lecturers via satellite, which we call E-learning. Our students from various satellite campuses will be able to learn without necessarily being physically in Mzuzu”, said the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Fred Msiska.
Msiska further adds that by mid April, equipment for the facility is going to arrive in the country, and soon after the facility will be opened.
The facility is expected to serve not less than 10,000 students across the country.
It has various satellite centres in Mulanje, Karonga, Balaka and Lilongwe.