Mzuzu University

Mzuzu University

Malawi

he UNB / Mzuni partnership began in June, 2007 with the first internships funded through the AUCC Students for Development Program. The purpose of these internships was to increase the capacity of the Department of Land Management (Mzuni) and provide UNB students with a hands on International Experience while internationalizing their curriculum. Since that time, we have expanded our program to include any UNB undergraduate student from any faculty and all Faculties and Departments at Mzuzu  University.  The students focus on many areas and have represented the Faculties of Engineering (Geodesy & Geomatics, Computer, Chemical and Mechanical),  Foresty and Environmental Management, Law, Nursing, Kinesiology and Education.  These students have taught, mentored, conducted survey camps, raised funds for equipment, books and materials and had an opportunity to view their discplines from a totally new perspective. 

One one biggest outcomes of the partnership so far is the donation of Survey Equipment from the Province of New Brunswick, the City of Saint John and Terrain Surveyors (Trainor Surveys) enabling UNB students to design and deliver a hands-on survey camp for senior students. Moving their curriculum from theory to practice.

In 2010, the UNB/Mzuni partnership secured 4 CIDA International YOuth Internships a year for 3 consecutive years to work on Sustinable Land Management issues in Malawi. The internships include: GIS/GPS/Remote Sensing Specialist, Natural Resource Management Specialist, Survey Camp Instructor and a Urban/Rural Planner/Climate Change Specialists and are supervised by Professor Lucky Kabanga, and Professor Dominic Kamlomo of the Department of Land Management.

Assistant Lecturers in GPS, Remote Sensing, Urban Planning and Land Mgmt.


Cost: Medium
External Funding Available: No
Availability: 1
Academic Dates: Not applicable
Course Timetable: Not applicable
Program Type: Internship
Language: English
Available Subjects: environmental studies , forestry , geodesy and geomatics engineering , geology , kinesiology and sports sciences , law , nursing , engineering - chemical , engineering - civil , engineering - computer , engineering -geological , engineering - mechanical
Travel Information: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/malawi
Practical Information: Sustainable Land Management (SLM) is essential for increasing food quality and quantity and ensuring the next generation of farmers can produce enough food for their families, community and markets. Agriculture occupies 80% of its workforce, is 38% of GDP and 90% of export earning. The Department of Land Management was created to provide  high quality education for Malawi's youth empowering them to participate as a productive human resource based in SLM. Our partnership  is improving the quality of education and creating a new generation of public, private and academic professionals ensuring environmental sustainability. Issues as land degradation, soil erosion, deforestation,  drought, crop failures, water, sanitation and pollution are being addressed. Our internship is aligned with CIDA's objective to assist Malawi to create a healthy, educated, and productive human resource base.

Testimonial

Nick LeBlanc, UNB Fredericton, B.Sc.Eng (Civil) 2012, B.Ed 2013

Nick completed a 3 months internship in Malawi, Mzuzu University. He was involved in a water and sanitation project and taught courses, mentored local Malawi students and was involved in Mzuzu University research.

“I have always felt that to be a member of a community necessitates activity by its very definition. Community involvement is one of the most genuine life experiences I know and much of my personal growth has been fostered by activities in my various communities. The interaction you have with other people can be crucial in shaping your own perceptions (cultural, social, philosophical, you name it) of the world and yourself.”

Testimonial

Justin Theriault

Justin has completed his 4th year of Engineering with the department of Geodesy & Geomatics. During his internship, he will be designing and delivering the UNB/Mzuzu  Survey camp to senior students and mentoring/lecturing in the area of  Hydrographic Engineering. The goal of his internship is to help the Department of Land Management bridget the gap between theory and practice relating to surveying - both on land and in the water.

Testimonial

Landon Urquhart, M.Sc. Eng Geodesy and Geomatics, taught Phogrammetry and An Introduction to Surveying and delivered a
Survey Camp to second and third year students from the department of Land Management.  The New Brunswick Department of Transportation and the City of Saint John, New Brunswick generously donated used survey equipment which enabled the interns and Faculty to conduct the Department's first ever Survey Camp.  Landon instructed the faculty and students on how to properly handle, maintain and use this equipment through workshops, handouts and manuals.  To supplement the additional equipment, Landon and Hershey Jani created a "Quick Reference Guide" to ensure the Survey Camp would be sustainable.

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Mike Wies 

Mike has completed his 4th year in Computer Engineering. His internship will focus on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT-D). Functioning/efficient ICTs connect people (locally, nationally and internationally), offer quick and easy access to an infinite amount of information and enable people to acquire, disseminate and share critical information relating to development. Mike will be working with Faculty and students relating to information and networking technologies.

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Hershey Jani, M.Eng Geodesy & Geomatics, taught a hydrographic surveying course and delivered the Survey Camp while at
Mzuzu University.  Through the hydrographic surveying course Hershey was also able to make contacts in Malawi's Hydrographic Survey Department and also participated in a UN REDD Workshop, RED Horizon.  Along with Land, Hershey helped educate the faculty and students on how to property hand, maintain and use the donated equipment.

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Jaime MacLellan, a Master’s of Chemical Engineering in Environmental Studies student, worked in the Department of Land
Management at Mzuzu University, focusing on sustainable land management,  climate change, and deforestation and forest degradation.  Jaime, along with Landon Urquhart and Sarah Williamson, helped establish a relationship between Total Land Care (TLC), an NGO in Malawi, and Mzuzu University that will lead to research opportunities for Mzuzu University.  Jaime also attended the REDD Horizon, a workshop focusing on the UN’s REDD program and deforestation in Malawi and taught about climate change and other issues at Masasa Primary School.

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Tristan Goulden (M.Eng. Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering) researched and taught in the Department of Land Management.  Under the direction of Mavuto Tembo, Head of the Department, Tristan taught courses relating to GIS and GPS and assisted in the Department’s survey school.  Students under the Land Management program at Mzuzu will become active, knowledgeable participants in Malawi Land Reform program.

Testimonial

Amanda Colford-Gilks (M.Forestry) examined the effects ofLand degradation and Natural Resource Management in Northern Malawi. 
Amanda interacted with Faculty, staff and students at Mzuni as well as local and national governments currently dealing with sustainable land management and the effects of climate change.

Testimonial

Tyler Coleman (LLB) focused on identifying legal implications arising from a new Land Bill reforming land law in the country and the lessons learned from a World Bank sponsored pilot project on land reform implementation strategy.  His work will assist students of the Department of Land Management to understand the new challenges of land law they will face upon graduation as surveyors.

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Erin Riley (LL.B.) and Robert Kingdon (M.Sc. in Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering) along with Professor John McEvoy (Faculty of Law) traveled to Malawi in June, 2007 to finalize a cooperation agreement between UNB and Mzuzu University in Northern Malawi.  For the students, the trip also commenced a 12 week internship experience under the UNB Students for Development program.

Erin focused on a housing and governance project with Professor Lucky Kabanga, Department of Land Management.  After analyzing the legal and social frameworks, Erin met with various government officials and non-governmental agencies involved in housing issues and policy development.  Robbie focused on geodesy and geomatice matters in with work with the Department of Land Management with a specific focus on curriculum development.  One of his primary tasks was to assist with the teaching of current courses and to make recommendations for upgrading of course content and establishing new courses.  Dr. Sue Nichols and Dr. Marcelo Santos supported and guided Robbie with his internship.