The President made the remarks in Mzuzu when he presided over the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia 12th congregation for the award of certificates and degrees to 394 students.
Professor Mutharika said this is why his government is trying hard to transform the country into a predominantly exporting nation.
“One problem in this country is that most people want white collar jobs only. They wrongly think that success comes from white collar jobs thinking that blue collar jobs are cheap. Let’s learn to as well value blue collar jobs,” said President Mutharika.
He then challenged the graduating students to think outside the box and not be contented with their certificates and degrees but look for opportunities where others see challenges.
“There are many opportunities around us and often we think negatively and see opportunities as problems eventually giving room to people from other countries to do their business at our watch,” added the Malawi leader.
On his part CCAP Synod of Livingstonia General Secretary Rev. Levi Nyondo said that it was a great honor to have the President presiding over the function.
“You are the second President to preside over our graduations, the first being the former President late Professor Bingu wa Mutharika in 2007.Tamupokerani ndipo tikumukhumbirani viwemi vyose - We have welcomed you and wish you all the best,” said Nyondo.
Rev Nyondo then commended President Mutharika for the various development initiatives including the Njakwa Livingstonia road.
The University’s Vice Chancellor the Rt. Reverend Dr. Timothy Nyasulu thanked government for extending loan facilities even to private universities.
“The University of Livingstonia remains the largest beneficiary of all the universities with 248 students on tertiary loan facilities by government and we are very grateful,” said Rev. Nyasulu.
He added that the construction of the Njakwa Livingstonia road is another milestone achievement in the promotion of tertiary education as it has minimized time covered to reach the campus.
Since its establishment in 2003 the University of Livingstonia has so far graduated 1906 students. Currently the University has three campuses of Law at Khondowe in Rumphi, Ekwendeni in Mzimba and Kaning’ina in Mzuzu city.