The newly appointed Council members for the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), are ready to start working following an in-house orientation meeting which recently took place in Mangochi.
The 2-day briefing meeting brought together the appointed Council members, ex-officials and management of NCHE.
The newly appointed Council members include: the Chairperson Professor Beatrice Mtimuni; Vice Chairperson Dr. Harry Gombachika, Members: Dr. Wotchiwe Kalande; Professor James Kamwachale Khomba; Dr. Christina Chihana, Professor Al Mtenje and Dr. Salule Masangwi.
The meeting centred on familiarizing the new Council with NCHE’s work as a higher education regulator in Malawi.
Topics at the briefing meeting included the NCHE Act; mandate, functions, vision, mission and core values of NCHE; registration & accreditation of universities; achievements of NCHE so far; Public Service Reforms and proposed new reform areas for NCHE; the Higher Education Overarching Bill; opening up of legal education in Malawi, among many.
Secretary for Education, Chikondano Mussa, who led the team of ex-officials for the Council, presented on the Government Policy on Higher Education.
Mr. Suse Chisale from the Department of Statutory Corporations gave a presentation on the Code of Conduct for the Council Members.
The members also divided themselves into 3 committees namely: Finance, Administration and Appointments Committee; Audit and Risk Management Committee and Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee.
The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) was established by Act of Parliament No. 15 of 2011, with the mandate to regulate the higher education sector in Malawi.