Principal Office

Acting Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Al Mtenje, BEd Mlw, MA S. Illinois, PhD London
I would like to welcome you all to this new University of Malawi Website. The new website is one way through which the University desires to rebrand itself by among other things, improving its web presence.

With a proud tradition of academic excellence, UNIMA, as we fondly call it, is the oldest University in Malawi, the mother University, the epitome of education in the country. As such, we look forward to welcoming talented, motivated students to our University, especially those who have an interest in engaging with the problems of our society and finding ways to live sustainably within our environment. As a University, we are committed to promoting transformation and guaranteeing the sustainability of our institution by striving for excellence in all we do.

One bench mark that has made UNIMA such a centre of excellence over the years is the University’s pursuit of quality higher education achieved through various means of quality control put in place in the form of form of external examiners, quality assurance structures, enabling policies, and a very active Senate.

UNIMA is committed to developing locally-based solutions to global problems, including issues relating to liberal arts, science and technology engineering, economics, education, social science and law. Studying at UNIMA, you will learn from world-renowned experts in their fields who incorporate the latest scholarly work, teaching methods and practical experience into their courses. We believe that every person has something to contribute to the university’s continuing excellence and growth, and our goal is to ensure that everyone feels at home during their time at UNIMA.

In its 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, UNIMA wants to enhance its presence internationally through the introduction of research and postgraduate programs that speak to local, regional and international trends and needs particularly in response to MW2063, SDGS and African Union Agenda 2063.

The University has also embarked on an internationalisation mission as one of its strategic objectives in order to increase the enrolment of its international students and improve its relations with other universities in the region and beyond through various forms of collaboration. At present, the University has active collaborations with universities across the globe (in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA).

The University also values and promotes the independence of the student body. Students discuss pertinent matters affecting their wellbeing with an aim of engaging management through the Student Representative Council (SRC).

We offer a full range of undergraduate programmes in five schools: School of Arts, Communication and Design; School of Education; School of Humanities and Social Sciences; School of Law, Economics and Government; and School of Natural and Applied Sciences. A quick survey indicates that many graduates from UNIMA have gone on to occupying positions of influence in many sectors (including education, agriculture, trade, the arts, communication, engineering, et cetera) in Malawi, across the region and even beyond.

Our student support services are designed to optimise your stay at UNIMA. These include facilities for people with disabilities, sports, clubs and societies, 24/7 library service, 24/7 internet connectivity and all manner of support from the Student Welfare and Dean of Students offices, all within a naturally serene environment. We also have many academic support programmes available to assist students who need help with their studies. Although it should be your main focus, being at university is not only about academic study. At UNIMA you can choose from several sports disciplines, and clubs and societies, volunteer groups and social activities where you can meet others who share your interests. You can in the process hone your leadership skills by being part of what is happening at the University.

Our undergraduate programmes are designed to prepare you for working in the 21st century. In an effort to ensure inclusiveness the University engages the Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board to ensure that needy and deserving students are financially supported. Many of our graduates have jobs before they qualify and almost all have jobs within a few months after graduating. Some choose not to enter formal employment, preferring to start their own businesses as entrepreneurs. At UNIMA we are committed to the development of future entrepreneurs. Most of our alumni are making outstanding contributions to society through the skills they acquired at UNIMA. They demonstrate that higher education not only opens the door to exciting careers but it also helps to transform our country and indeed the globe.

The University of Malawi should therefore be the University of Choice for prospective students, staff and researchers from within the country and abroad. To current UNIMA staff and students, UNIMA owes its greatness to your dedication and pride. I therefore invite prospective students, researchers and various collaborators to become part of this transformation.

Prof Al Mtenje

Acting Vice Chancellor