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Vice-Chancellor: John D. Kalenga Saka, BSc, BSc (Hons) Mlw, PhD E. Anglia

It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to the University of Malawi, (UNIMA), which was established in September, 1965 immediately after independence and is now spread over four campuses: Chancellor College, College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and The Polytechnic. Until 2011, the University had five campuses including Bunda College of Agriculture which has since become part of the new Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). The multi-campus arrangement and its environment constitute an asset such that the University is a citadel for academic activities. The University is a pioneer and premier institution in Malawi and well recognised in Sub-Saharan Africa and the world. It offers a wide range of nationally and internationally recognised under- and postgraduate academic programmes that prepare individuals with pre-requisite knowledge and skills for a diverse range of opportunities in society. The key flagship programmes include medicine, law, engineering, pharmacy, public health, commerce, nursing, natural and applied science, social science, humanities, media and journalism, land survey and economy, and architectural studies. After four or five years of rigorous and insightful academic engagement and training, students are prepared for either self-employment or direct employment. Our programmes also facilitate acquisition of effective writing and oral communication skills founded on international standards. This is so because nearly 85% of the programmes are moderated by international academics largely drawn from the Sub-Saharan African universities.

The University’s graduate success rate currently stands at 90% while the overall annual graduate output is slightly above 2,500 students with a 10% growth rate annually. The current enrolment is nearly 12000 students (48% being females); 10% of which are postgraduates and nearly 0.1% are international students. The University of Malawi is committed to being the leading player in higher education and the first university of choice in the country and the region. In the next 10 years, we wish to concentrate on the following five strategic goals:

  1. International comparable quality in teaching and learning;
  2. Outstanding and long-lasting student experience;
  3. Increasing excellence in research, innovation, and knowledge application;
  4. Transparent, accountable and responsive University, and
  5. A University committed to diversifying revenue base beyond Government subvention

The University has productive and win-win international academic partnerships with various universities in Africa and beyond. Some of these partnerships have led to establishment of centres such as the Confucius Institute and the African Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine.

We appeal to the students and staff to ensure that the vision of the University: being a centre of excellence in higher education in Malawi and region is maintained and promoted. Otherwise, our position as the leading and choicest university in Malawi will be compromised. The Council of University of Malawi will remain very happy if new and continuing students upon graduation constitute an important and well-groomed human resource necessary for the growth and development of Malawi and the Continent. We are committed to ensuring that all students are dully equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to make significant contribution to the development of this our great nation, Mother Malawi and beyond.

It is my pleasure to wish you well as you go through the interactive and engaging University of Malawi Website and associated college websites. Feel free to contact us and the College Principals to enhance the quality and usefulness of the facilities during your interaction with us.

Prof John D. Kalenga Saka
Vice-Chancellor