UNIMA Senior Leadership Retreat

Mulanje from 18-19th February, 2014  

PANGeA Board meeting

16-17th May, Sun n Sand, Mangochi  

UNIMA Graduation at the Great Hall in Zomba

University of Malawi Central Administration Offices located in the City of Zomba

University of Strathclyde and University of Malawi Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony

Students discussing human anatomy - College of Medicine

Chancellor College

Chancellor College - The Great Hall

The Polytechnic Library

Kamuzu college of Nursing (KCN) - Students having a discussion

Kamuzu college of Nursing (KCN) - Students set off for community visits

Chancellor College - Library

One of the constituent Colleges of University of Malawi

UNIMA Quality Assurance  


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The University of Malawi will conduct a ceremonial academic practice of Inaugural Lecture to be delivered by recently elevated professors of the University. The 14th and 15th Professorial Inaugural Lectures will be presented by Professor Address Malata and Professor Ellen Chirwa, respectively, and will take place on Friday 27th June, 2014 at Bingu International Conference Centre from 8:45 AM.

The Professors will address the University community and the public on the following topics:

Professor Address Malata: “The State of Nursing and Midwifery in Developing Countries: A Case for Malawi.” 

Professor Ellen Chirwa: “HIV Prevention among Married Couples in Malawi:  A New Strategy Required.”

An inaugural lecture, like a graduation ceremony, is an event of great significance in the calendar of an accredited University. Through it, the University is able to recognise the achievements of those who have risen to the highest academic rank and to introduce them to the nation at large. In particular, through the carefully researched addresses delivered by the senior academic members being recognised, the University is able to interface with the wider Malawian society on matters of national development. In this respect, the inaugural lecture acts as an occasion when a cross-section of the nation convenes to reflect on the mission of the University, including the University’s role in national development. Through these lectures, the esteemed professors highlight topical issues in the field of their specialty as part of knowledge dissemination.

At the same event, the Kamuzu College of Nursing will launch a Doctor of Philosophy in Inter-Professional Health Care and Leadership programme with support from Columbia University/ ICAP through the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) Project. The Inter-professional Health Care Leadership PhD programme is being funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and implemented by ICAP at Columbia University. The main purpose of the PhD Programme is to prepare expert health care professionals for leadership and evidence-based practice that will make a major impact on health care in the country and beyond. The PhD programme will also improve health care delivery at local, regional and international levels.

Specifically graduates will be prepared to:

  • Conduct relevant research to expand the body of knowledge for inter Professional collaborative health care research, education and practice
  • Provide leadership in improving the health care delivery system
  • Translate evidence accumulated through research into practice and policy at different levels
  • Lead Inter Professional teams in collaborative research, health care delivery and education

For inquiries please contact Akuzike Maliwichi or Mary Wasiri on the following numbers: 01 526 622/01 524 282/01 751 622/01 750 927.


Email: communication@unima.mw or registrar@kcn.unima.mw

UNIMA hosts PANGeA Board meeting

The Partnership for the Next Generation of Academics (PANGeA) is a network grouping of the following universities whose main objective is to support the training of young PhD academics for future academic leadership in African universities: Stellenbosch University, University of Nairobi, University of Botswana, University of Dar es Salaam, Makerere University, University of Ghana and the University of Malawi.

The University of Malawi, which signed a formal MOU for this partnership, has benefited considerably since its inception in 2006. More than 4 staff members from the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences at Chancellor College have already done their PhDs at Stellenbosch under PANGeA scholarships and more than 6 are currently doing their PhDs under the same partnership at Stellenbosch. The partnership is for Humanities and Social Sciences.

This time around University of Malawi hosted the board meeting at Sun n Sand in Mangochi from 16-17th May 2014. During the board meeting the University of Malawi signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Stellenbosch University for academic partnerships in various areas including joint research, staff and student exchange, external examining, students’ supervision and training e.t.c




In line with its vision of transforming the University of Malawi into a vibrant centre of excellence that truly serves the needs of the country and plays its role at the global level, the University of Malawi arranged a Senior Leadership Retreat in order to create a collective vision of success for the institution including its four constituent colleges. In his opening remarks at the retreat, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. John Saka stated that the main objective of the retreat was to allow the leadership take stock of the systems and processes in the University and also review and prepare plans and modalities for implementing the University of Malawi strategic plan for the period 2012-2017.
The participants included the Senior Management team at the University Office, College Principals, Vice Principals, Registrars, Deans of Faculties of the four constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (Chancellor College, College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and Polytechnic) and other senior staff from the library and finance sections.
The UNIMA Senior Leadership Retreat which was held in Mulanje from 18-19  February, 2014 has been described by the participants as highly successful and undoubtedly achieved its objectives. The Vice-Chancellor was commended for bringing together the senior leadership team of the University of Malawi to strengthen their leadership skills and enhance team building for the University to perform its role effectively both internally and externally.