The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has awarded accreditation certificates to 21 higher education institutions in Malawi.
Of the 21, eight are public while 13 are private.
The private universities accredited include: Daeyang University; DMI-St. John the Baptist University; Pentecostal Life University; Lilongwe University; Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA); Millennium University; Malawi Assemblies of God University; Catholic University; Malawi Adventist University; Nkhoma University; African Bible College; Livingstonia University and Exploits University.
Public universities so far accredited include the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST); Mzuzu University (MZUNI); Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR); the Polytechnic; Malawi Institute of Management; Malawi College of Accountancy; Kamuzu College of Nursing and the College of Medicine.
The accreditation awards ceremony, which took place in Mangochi, was officially graced by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Dr. William Susuwele Banda, MP.
Speaking when handing out the accreditation certificates, Dr. Susuwele Banda congratulated the awardees while also encouraging them not to relax but to keep up the standards.
“Accreditation is a continuous process and remember that an accreditation status has an expiry period, so there is need for all of you who have achieved accreditation to continue working towards keeping standards high,” he said.
The Minister also stressed on the need for all accredited higher education institutions and those which are yet to be, to cooperate with NCHE, the government agency mandated to accredit all higher education institutions.
“Government expects higher education institutions to continue cooperating with the NCHE. Such cooperation, coupled with continuous improvement will enhance the visibility and standing of higher education in Malawi,” said the Minister.
Speaking on behalf of accredited private colleges, Daeyang University Vice Chancellor Reverend Webster Siame, commended government for commissioning NCHE to regulate university standards.
KCN Principal Dr. Mercy Pindani spoke on behalf of all accredited public universities to say the accreditation gives them zeal to continue offering quality higher education.
Speaking at the awards presentation ceremony, NCHE Chairperson Dr. Bruce Munthali reiterated NCHE's commitment to ensuring that all higher education institutions are operating at a level commensurate with their aspirations for excellence.
“In line with Section 28 of the NCHE Act, Council expects higher education institutions to provide and maintain acceptable levels of physical, human, financial, teaching and learning resources if they are to gain accreditation and retain it over time,” Dr. Munthali explained.
CEO for NCHE, Dr. Ignasio Malizani Jimu encouraged all higher education institutions, public and private which are not accredited yet to work towards accreditation, following the minimum standards as set by the Council.
The National Council for Higher Education was established by Act of Parliament (No. 15 of 2011) to regulate the higher education sector in Malawi.