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Poly Congratulates Kenneth Gondwe

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   February 19, 2021
PIC: Gondwe, during the presentation
University of Malawi, The Polytechnic is yet to produce another Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering after Kenneth Gondwe successfully defended his PhD thesis.

The function took place at the Polytechnic School of Engineering Lecture Theatre on Friday, February 19, 2021 while other members of the public were following it virtually.

The thesis is entitled; Development of Decision Support Tool for Low Carbon Manufacturing Pathways for Cement Industries in Malawi.

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.

Gondwe, a Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering, enrolled as first PhD candidate in 2016 in the faculty and was sponsored by SDP. In his first year, he went to Danish Technical University as a visiting scholar where he had time to work on his proposal and background studies. 

“Associate Professor Theresa Mkandawire was very supportive to my PhD study, she fought for the scholarship and facilitated my trip to Denmark. She was also a co-supervise with Professor Sosten Chiotha- a formidable team,” Gondwe said.

He further appreciates his colleagues; Dr John Taulo, Fred Munthali and Robert Kawiya who were very supportive and helpful in giving critical views and expertise to his manuscripts as either co-authors or subject experts.

“I am also grateful to my wife, daughters, son and wider family for their support and understanding that gave me time and space to undertake my research work. Above all, I am grateful to God for his grace and mercies that made a way when road was tough and rugged. Otherwise, a very fulfilling journey academically and mentally,” added Gondwe.

He also thanks the whole Public Defence organizing committee for making the event a success. 



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