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Another successful PhD defence

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   February 14, 2020
PIC: Kalulu (center) pose with supervisors, colleagues and wife soon after making the presentation
University of Malawi, The Polytechnic is yet to produce another Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) after Khumbo Kalulu successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Improving Efficiency in the treatment of pit latrines sludge from unplanned settlements in the cities of Malawi” before a panel of examiners on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

However, based on the University of Malawi Postgraduate Policy, the award of the PhD degree can only be done upon final recommendation of the University Senate. The candidate will have to fulfil other examination requirements before he can be presented to University Senate for recommendation of the PhD award.

Kalulu is a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health under the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Speaking during the cocktail which was organized to celebrate his success, Kalulu described his journey as fruitful since he had a good support system in the supervisors, family and colleagues.

“I would like to appreciate the support which has been rendered to me from my Supervisors namely; Professor Grant Kululanga, Dr Theresa Mkandawire and Dr Bernard Thole. They have been supportive throughout in guiding and correcting me during my study,” explained an excited Kalulu.

He further acknowledged the support from the Dean of the Post graduates, Dr Peter Mhagama, the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences Dr Ishmael Kosamu, his wife, colleagues and the organizing committee of the public defense and Viva voce.

Kalulu encouraged those who wish to further their studies that it is not an easy road but everything is possible through hard work and determination.

In an earlier interview, Dr Mhagama said; “as an institution, we are happy that we will soon produce another PhD.”

 In addition, there are other PhD candidates who are at an advanced stage of their studies and will soon be defending their theses as well. This will help the institution to get international recognition.


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