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This page is used to keep members updated on each others latest happenings and significant events such as weddings, birthdays and graduations. Be the first to know "wakutsina khutu ndi m'nasi". 

Manjawira wrote:  Friday, August 27, 2004

I wish to inform you officially that I have succesfully completed my MSc Degree with commendations today.

I thank God for making my dreams come true.

Best regards to all.

Ghiven Manjawila (Buncoalumni Pastor)

University of Aberdeen


Alumni member respone: Owen Chandimba wrote,

Nsanje tilibe ife ---Izi nzokoma. Aaaah  mukapeko tulo tsaano wati nanga. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!


Congratulations to Dr Jeremaih Kang'ombe who has just managed to get his PhD at Memorial Institute in Canada. Dr Kang'ombe is working at Bunda College of agriculture as a Lecture in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Science.

George Matiya wrote RE: "Dr Beston Maonga"

Sat, 22 Jan 2005 04:15:25 +0000 (GMT)


Yet again we have another PhD holder in the name of Dr. Beston "fearless Samurai" Maonga (Mwana wa pa Monkey Bay pompa). He successfully defended his thesis yesterday at Hiroshima University.


The title of his thesis is " Sustainable Land Resources Management and Food Security in Malawi: A Study on Indigenous Farming Practices in Bwadzulu EPA, Mangochi RDP Machinga ADD.

After 45 Minutes of open defence and 30mins closed defence the fearless Samurai emerged as a Dr.

Lets all congratulate him for a job well done. Word of advice is please go back home ma cheque akudikira kuti muzikasaina pa Capital Hill (Is this the best way to utilise his intelligence?)

Banzai!!! Omedetou gozaimashita. Mawoko!! mawoko!!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of another PhD stock to the Malawi nation by the name Dr Alfred Ochanza Harold Maluwa who was until today Thurdays 9th Dec 2005, 13.00hrs Norwegian time was Mr Alfred  Maluwa.
His thesis title- Genetic selection for growth of a Malawian indigenous tilapia, oreochromis shiranus.
My Summary of thesis
Three generations of selective breeding have made indigenous tilapia in Malawi grow 15 to 20 per cent better than before. This fish is available to farmers and can become a substantial contributor to fish farmers’ economy and food security.
Please join us in congratulating Dr Maluwa for this achievement
Weston & CBL Jumbe

Weston F. Mwase,
Norwegian University of Life Sciences,
Plant & Environmental Sciences Department,
P.O. Box 5003
N-1432 s, NORWAY

Monday, 17 November, 2008 7:13 PM
I am reporting on an academic achievement at the highest level by yet another daughter of Malawi in a space of days, Dr Margaret Sikwese. Margaret Sikwese has just convinced the examiners an hour ago and she has been awarded a PhD. Congratulations Dr Margaret Mwanjani Ganje Sikwese. This is no mean achievement, especially by Women in Forestry, a profession dominated by men, not only in malawi but elsewhere. You have proved that it is possible and YES WE CAN.
Margaret Sikwese (Nee Mhango) is of class 98. She looked at the issue of power in decentralisation. The question was: Has decentralisation lead to empowerment of local communities managing forest resources?
I wish you all the best for the future and let the kids be happy that mum is coming home
Judith Kamoto

Recent Events

George Matiya reports:
From ground zero, I have been reliably informed that Dr Emmanuel Kaunda is the new Vice Principal taking over from Dr Beatrice who has since gone on sabatical leave.

Join me to congratulate Dr. Kaunda
Davie wrote:
Eleventh November of this year is a special day as I will clock 40 years. Please those in Malawi should join me on  13th Nov, 2004 for a family party at Malingunde Dam from 13:30 pm. Its total war on anything.

Hardwick Tchale  wrote: Fri Nov 12, 2004 
".....We have another new Malawian Ph.D. Timothy Successfully defended his thesis today at the University of Goettingen in Germany.
His dissertation title is:
"Characterization of local chicken in low input-output production systems. Is there scope for appropriate production and breeding strategies in Malawi?"  
Please join me in congratulating Timothy for the job well done.

1. Alumni,


It is with pleasure that I have to let you all know that our dear collegue and moderator successfully defended his MSc Thesis yesterday 7th June 2005

Thesis title “Effect of temperature on sex differentiation of tilapia fry Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters, 1852). He will be graduating this Saturday, 11th June. 


Hastings, I wish you God blessings as you head for Malawi at the end of this month.


For more information visit


Bob Jere


National Taiwan Ocean University

Aquaculture Department

2 Pei Ning Rd

Keelung 202



He is no longer Mr Charles Jumbe he is now Dr Charles Blessings Laurence Jumbe. Please join me in congratulating Dr Jumbe  who has just pased his PhD defence in Development Resource Economics today 30th January, 2006. The thesis title: Community Forest Management, Poverty and Energy Use in Malawi & the trial lecture title was:
Under which conditions will local forest management conserve forests and reduce poverty?
Dr Jumbe is a Research Fellow at APRU & graduated from Bunda in 1991.

This week is full of celebrations and another son of
Malawi Henry Njoloma successfully defended his MSc
thesis in Irrigation Engineering at Miyazaki National
University on Tuesday 31 Jan 2006.This is his second
MSc as he already has one from Netherlands.
The thesis title is: Experimental
study on stability of an irrigation pipeline using automatic

Join me in congratulating Henry and wish him all the

Yoku ganbattane! Omedetou gomaizashita.


Sunday, 16 November, 2008 1:31 PM
I bring to you sweet news on academic achievement. Oppah was awarded a doctorate degree here in Leeds last week. Please join her family and all the Leeds family on this occasion. I was here.

Friday, 10 October, 2008 7:02 PM
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Yanira Ntupanyama for defending her PhD thesis successfully today in Norway. This is an additional brains to the pool of academia in Malawi. In case you wish to send personal congratulatory messages to this daughter of Malawi you may contact her through
Dr. Yanira M. Ntupanyama,
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

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