MZUZU--The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has rewarded outstanding students in renewable energy technologies at Mzuzu University.
Presenting the awards, MERA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Allexon Chiwaya, said the awards aimed to encourage them to discover “untapped renewable energy systems that can be tapped through research.”
He said MERA is committed to sponsoring and implementing research projects that have the potential to benefit rural Malawians.
The students are Gracious Sikonde and Isaac Chitedze who are in second and third year respectively. They each got K100, 000 each. Second-year students Gift Chunda and Lewis Thauzani received K75, 000 whereas Harold Madimba and Frank Mphulupulu, both in third year, carted home K75, 000 and K50, 000 respectively.
Asked to divulge the secret behind their success, the jovial students said it wasn’t about luck.
“It's all about hard work and having trust in God. Renewable energy technologies course is a new thing on campus and thus it needs one to be focused and diligent,” Mphulupulu said.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Renewable Energy technologies at Mzuni was created by the late Professor Landson Mhango, who was Vice Chancellor of Mzuzu University a few years ago.
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