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21 Jan, 2018


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One of the visiting professors, Dr. Nene Amabere Jamabo, delivering a lecture
The Africa Center of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish ACE) at LUANAR, in partnership with RUFORUM, earlier this month welcomed visiting professors from Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Kenya. The visit is part of the Aquafish Staff Exchange Program as LUANAR aims to improve Postgraduate programs.

The professors, Dr Olajide Philip Sobukola, Dr. Addanna Henri-Ukoha, Dr. Brilliant O. Agaviezor, Dr. Nene Amabere Jamabo, Prof. Olufemi Martins Adesope, Dr. Ekunwe and Peter Ayodeji from Nigeria, Dr. Jamal Kussaga from Tanzania, Dr Bernard M. Fulanda, PhD. from Kenya and Dr. Ahmed Mirghani Abdel Rahman Bereir from Sudan, stayed for two weeks and among other things, they were involved in lectures and conducted seminars while on campus from 8th to 19th January, 2018.

Speaking at a farewell dinner organized by Aquafish on Thursday 18th January 2018 at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe, AquaFish Deputy Director and Coordinator, Dr. Daud Kassam, said he was excited that the professors came and delivered lectures to the postgraduate students and that he looked forward to a continued relationship with the professors.

Dr. Kassam went further to say that what the professors taught will not be taught again by LUANAR staff and therefore they will involve them in examining the students.

In his remarks, Dean of Faculty of Natural Resources, Dr. Daniel Sikawa thanked AquafFsh for coordinating the programme. He also acknowledged the professors for the commitment they have shown by coming to LUANAR.

“For LUANAR, it the first time to have a huge team of visiting professors at the same time; and to teach our students, it has added a lot of value to teaching and learning of our postgraduate students,” said Dr. Sikawa.

The faculty dean also hailed the professors for the seminars they conducted saying they were very specialized and well-focused. Dr. Sikawa concurred with the deputy centre leader, Dr. Kassam, saying they will involve them in examining the students’ thesis’ and also supervising their research projects.

Oh behalf of the entire visiting team, Prof. Olufemi Adesope of University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, thanked AquaFish for organizing this program and accommodating them, saying it has strengthened their relation with LUANAR. “Travelling does so much for academics and researchers as it opens new doors, strengthen relationships e.tc. We are so grateful for opening this new door in Malawi,” he said.

Professor Adesope, who also conducted a scholarly semina r at Bunda campus , said it has been a wonderful experience interacting with the students at LUANAR.

During the two-week stay on campus, the intellectuals delivered lectures to postgraduate students and also conducted several seminars and among them were seminars on “Proposal Writing” by Dr. Olajide Philip Sobukola from Nigeria and “Trusting the Messenger, Believing the Message. A Change Agent’s Perspective in Agricultural Extension Service Delivery” by Prof. Olufemi Adesope, all from Nigeria.