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Kamuzu University of Health sciences (KUHES) held an orientation opening ceremony for its newly selected first year students on Tuesday 14th February, 2023 at Kamuzu Sports Complex hall in Blantyre. This is the second cohort since KUHeS was established in 2019 by the Act of Parliament. The new intake has about 600 students from Malawi and across the world.
Management informed the students that the sore mission of the University is to advance knowledge, professional skills and innovations in health sciences through high-quality student–centred and innovative education and research that influences the global/national policy, health and development needs in an efficient, sustainable and result oriented manner. It went on to urge the new cohort to abide by the rules and regulations of the University as failure to do so has its consequences. The institution also encouraged the new students to operate based on the University’s core values which include respect for diversity, entrepreneurship, care, integrity, excellence life learning, innovativeness, teamwork, freedom of thought and expression professionalism and ethics as these will help them in their studies and life in general.
In his remarks, KUHeS’ Director of Students Affairs Dr Benjamin Kumwenda also encouraged students to embrace values of the University especially value number one which encourages students to have an entrepreneurship mindset while pursuing their studies.
“In order to eradicate poverty and slavery mindset and stop dreaming of just being employed students should start their own health companies and create employment for others which will reduce job scarcity in the country” said Dr. Kumwenda.
In addition, he also emphasised on the University’s motto which is Excellence for life and therefore the new students should know that the institution wishes them nothing less but excellence.
Shading more light on the structure of the University, Executive Dean of School of Life Sciences Arox Kamng’ona who is also the chair of the deans said that it is vital for the new students to be aware of the five schools at the university and where they are positioned. He encouraged the new students to adapt positively to the environment of the university. He further motivated the students to not be disappointed by low grades but rather be motivated to work harder.
Considering the surge in suicidal cases among the youth emanating from depression, the orientation had a presentation from Prof. Chiwoza Bandawe on “Dealing with Mental Health Issues’. He said students should take matters of mental health seriously and they should seek help whenever they feel like they are stressed. He emphasized on the matter as there is high rate of youths who are committing suicide in the country.
The orientation period lasted five days from 14th – 18th February 2023. The opening session was graced by the Director of Student Affairs, deans from the five schools of the University and staff members.