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University's Malawi Partnership Celebrates First Graduates

Wednesday February 19 2020


The first class of African students to participate in a ground-breaking ministry studies programme hosted by a Scottish university graduated earlier this month.

Thirteen students from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe graduated in MTh Ministry Studies at a colourful ceremony on February 7. The ceremony took place in Zomba, Malawi, and was attended by the Rev Prof Andrew Clarke and the Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey, of the Centre for Ministry Studies at Aberdeen University.

This is the first time that a Scottish University has facilitated a postgraduate programme for church leaders in Africa. A draft agreement creating the collaborative partnership between Aberdeen University and Zomba Theological College was signed in 2016, and the first class ran from 2017-2019.

A second cohort of fifteen students from Malawi and Zambia, including four women, started the programme in October 2019.

Dr Jeffrey, co-ordinator of the programme, said: “This has been a remarkable day. It is very difficult to describe the feelings I experienced when we conferred these degrees upon our students. Suffice to say, it was one of the happiest days of my life.”

One of the students, the Rev Helmart Kaliza, wrote afterwards: “I write to express my gratitude following the most colourful event my life has never experienced before. Your participation in building my future is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. As I always say, you were used by the Lord to prepare me for the greater ministry. I am here because of your passion for the ministry and hardworking spirit. May the good Lord continue using you to shape us for effective ministry in Malawi and beyond.”


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