Professor Kululanga – Gold medal recepient
The University of Malawi is pleased to announce that Professor Grant Keeble Kululanga who is also the Principal of the Polytechnic has done Malawi proud by becoming a recipient of the Gold Medal in the World Register of outstanding scientists of the 21st Century for contribution to the world of science Socrates Committee.
The medal Professor Kululanga has been honoured with is due to his excellent scholarship in the field of Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic where he is the first one to receive such an accolade.
The purpose of Socrates Awards is ongoing promotion of the world elite who, through their hard work, make contribution to the world. Through a careful selection process by the international Socrates Committee, which picks the most deserving award recipients, Socrates award ceremony takes place twice a year in oxford, U.K. That is why Professor Kululanga had to travel to the U.K. to receive his award.
In the history of Malawi, the University of Malawi is not aware of any Malawian scholar who was honoured with the award mentioned above. Hence, it felt that the Malawi nation should get to know that it has produced a gem whose scholarly contribution has been recognised by the world.
What is even more gratifying is the fact that the award Professor Kululanga has received, has come at a time when he is serving in the demanding role of Principal at the Polytechnic. This goes towards showing that he has remained academically active regardless of being a senior manager. He is leading his community of scholars by example.
Professor Kululanga attended Dedza Secondary School from 1977 to 1981 attended the Kamuzu Academy where he did forms 5 and 6 before proceeding to the Polytechnic in 1983 where he studied and graduated in Civil Engineering in 1987. After the Polytechnic, he briefly worked in the Civil Service and went to the U.K to attend Loughborough University where he pursued a Master’s Degree programme in his professional field. On his return he was engaged by the Polytechnic as a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering. In 1996 he returned to Loughborough University to complete his doctoral studies in Civil Engineering.
Before becoming Principal, Professor Kululanga served as head of department, Dean of Engineering and Vice-Principal. As a scholar, he has earned his reputation with the numerous and insightful publications that led to his promotion to full Professor.
Married and with children, Professor Kululanga hails from m’memo Village, T/A Kwataine’s area in Ntswchewu and he is a devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.