GCU welcomes Malawi’s High Commissioner

22 January 2013

GCU welcomes Malawi’s High Commissioner

Dr Valerie Webster, Assistant Vice Principal International, with His Excellency Mr Sande and University Secretary Jan Hulme

His Excellency Mr Bernard Sande, Malawi’s High Commissioner to the UK, has visited GCU to learn more about the University’s award-winning work with the country.

Welcoming Mr Sande to GCU, University Secretary Jan Hulme said: “GCU is delighted to welcome the newly appointed High Commissioner of Malawi to the UK, His Excellency Bernard Sande. The University values its relationship with Malawi and is working closely with its government and educational institutions. We are extremely proud of our Malawian alumni who are contributing to their country’s growth and success.”

His Excellency Mr Sande, who was accompanied by Dr Peter West, Honorary Consul for Malawi in Scotland, met staff in the School of Engineering and Built Environment and Professor John Lennon, Vice Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society.

Professor Lennon travelled to Malawi in October with Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow School for Business and Society, to conduct the graduation ceremony of the first students to complete a GCU-developed programme to help transform the country’s emerging tourism industry at the Malawi Institute of Tourism. The Masters programme, and a Moffat Centre project to develop a state-of-the-art education and training facility at the institute, was recognised at the 2012 African Achievement Awards Scotland.

The School of Engineering and Built Environment has been working with the Malawi Government and universities, running workshops and lectures in, for example, real estate valuation, asset management and project management.

His Excellency Mr Sande is visiting Scotland to learn more about the two countries’ relationship. During his visit, Mr Sande met the First Minister, Scottish Cabinet secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP, Humza Yousaf MSP, the Lord Provosts of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and toured key projects and NGOs working with Malawi.