President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has been installed Champion for Higher Education in Africa by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).
The organisation seeks to double efforts to promote the quality of education across the continent.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Chakwera said he is aware of the immense contribution that the Regional body has made to improve the sector across the region.
This recognition means that the Malawi Leader will be the torch bearer for higher education across the Continent and will also use the platform to motivate other African Presidents to support higher education in their respective countries and globally.
It also means that the President will be the voice for higher education in Africa at the UN General Assembly, the African Union, and other regional bodies.
As Champion, he will be lobbying and advocating for better and inclusive policies for increased access and improvement of the quality of education in Africa.
Through commitment and dedication to duty, the President said he will use the platform to deepen investment in the sector to reap better benefits.
RUFORUM’s Chairperson, Professor George Kanyama Phiri, congratulated Dr Chakwera for the recognition saying this will go a long way in promoting higher education in Malawi and beyond.
According to the executive secretary of RUFORUM, Professor Adipala Ekwamu, Dr Chakwera has made substantial contribution to development of the education sector in Malawi.
He also commended the Malawi leader for achieving food security within a short time of his Administration.
RUFORUM is a consortium of 129 universities in 38 countries in Africa and was established in 2004 to promote higher education in Africa.
A number of public universities in the country are members of the organisation.