On Friday this week, the Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA) held an interactive session with Mary Immaculate College (MIC) from Ireland to foster an academic relationship that can benefit the two institutions in delivering quality education.
Speaking during the interactive session, CUNIMA Acting Vice Chancellor Rev. Fr. Dr. Wilfred Sumani S.J. urged the two teams to use the meeting as a platform for opportunities that could benefit the two institutions.
While citing Pope Francis’s encyclical on encounter, Fr. Sumani expressed a need for institutions of higher learning to work together on academic matters.
“People Francis encourages the spirit of encounter, and every encounter has a gift. Today here we are with the people from Ireland thousands of miles away for this encounter, and it is up to us to regret that we failed to use this encounter to grab opportunities in front of us,” said Fr. Sumani.
The head of the School of Education at MIC, Dr. Finn O. Murchu, said the meeting has opened a door of endless opportunities.
“We have seen that we have a lot of things in common, especially in teacher education, so we can work together,” said Murchu.
During the meeting, the two teams discussed co-supervision of student research, exchange programmes for students, joint research, and staff development, just to mention a few.