Malawi accredits universities of Nkhoma, Daeyang : Western University of Blantyre rejected

Malawi’s National Council of Higher Education (NHCE) says Daeyang University and Nkhoma University – of the CCAP Synod of Nkhoma – are now accredited institutions of higher learning in Malawi.

Kondowe:  Lack of political will

Kondowe: Abysmal standards

In an update made available to Nyasa Times, NHCE revealed the development was as a result of its 9th extraordinary meeting held on July 3, 2015.

“The council approved outcomes of institutional and programme assessments of eleven higher education institutions,” reads part of the statement.

But the Council rejected to accredit Western University of Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre because the institution did not meet the “minimum standards of higher education institutions” in Malawi.

NHCE said Western University is “not allowed” to operate or admit students for any of its programmes.

According to information Nyasa Times sourced some of the criteria used to certify institutions of higher learning in Malawi include “quality of staff and infrastructure.”

Other institutions of higher learning accredited include Exploits University (Blantyre), Malawi Adventist University (Ntcheu and Thyolo), Mahtma Ghandi University (Lilongwe), Malawi Assemblies of God University (Lilongwe), Riverton University (Lilongwe), Montfort Special Needs Education College (Chiradzulu) and Malawi College of Accountancy (Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu).

The Council said the public must be “assured” that it will make sure the institutions are operating and offering “approved programmes.”

Malawi has since the dawn of multipartyism registered a proliferating number of private institutions of higher learning to add on to the few public institutions.

However, institutions of higher learning – both private and public – have “abysmal” standards, according to education activist Benedicto Kondowe.

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17 thoughts on “Malawi accredits universities of Nkhoma, Daeyang : Western University of Blantyre rejected”

  1. Phungwako says:

    Congratulations to Montfort SNE College. It has been long overdue being the only institution offering special needs education in Malawi. Keep it up.

  2. TruFactor says:

    You mean you need to cite Benedicto Kondowe for the fact that education standards in Malawi are poor? I thought it’s common sense. Indeed common sense is not common. Again, you mean Malawi College of Accountancy was not accredited all this time? You were not supposed to tell us this, but rather focus on those recently accredited.

    As for NCHE, have you put the list of accredited institutions on your website?

  3. Richard Mkandawire says:

    MCA has been accredited, thats good news. The plans for it to be part of Poly I dont agree, let it operate as it is. It is doing fine, its programs are supper and unique. Once they merge, there will be a loss of direction.

  4. ANALYST says:

    The last time I checked, govt had plans to merge some parastatals in order to reduce operational/administrative costs. For example, Blantyre Water Board was to merge with the Southern Region Water Board; LL Water Board with the Central Region Water Board; and Malawi College of Accountancy was to be part of The Polytechnic. Have those plans (which were passed in parliament between 2009 & 2010) changed? Malawi moving in circles!!!!!’m

  5. musolin says:

    Good news for MCA, this could have been a university some time,back but these greedy politicians has slowed this process….we need young and innovative people like Agrippa Phiri…Bravo MCA.

  6. cheyo the real northerner says:

    Thumb Exploits university. The best private college in Malawi.

  7. tchingo says:

    let me be honest enough, these other institutions r even worse compared to UNIMA.

    plz gov don’t b too soft in accrediting these institutions, let them have good infrastructure and teaching staff first.

    otherwise i see politics all over. And this is killing our education standards.

  8. VENDOR says:

    Excited with MCA. The guys are doing a great job. UNIMA ikuchedwa ndi quarter systems

  9. Dr Malumbo Jere says:

    Big up Agrippa Phiri and your team for MCA accredition,you are big,as farm I am concerned MCA is the best as far as education is concerned in Malawi.

    Comparing modules of accounting degrees between MCA and UNIMA one can easily conclude that UNIMA is far behind to MCA.

    I expect employers to scramble for MCA graduates.

  10. musekanji palibe kanu says:


  11. angoni apaphata says:

    Unima ikungogwera mmadzi. Ma technical ndiye zosakamba. Mukumanga masukulu. Do you have any brains? Beige bolanso a tcheya. No school koma amapanga renovate and improving on existing campuses. Secondly anthu amene atenge ma degree amenewa where is the job market. Ma investor aja are they on cctv also?

  12. sikusinja says:

    We should not be accrediting universities in this country. We shud be discrediting them now. Useless institutions all over

  13. Howard Kachipanda says:

    Congrats Nkhoma, but improve on infrastructure

  14. Edward Tcheah Malinda says:

    Government is accrediting these institutions why making Chanco the only Law institutions that’s nat fair, nat all people eligible to study Law can be enrolled to the Chancellor college, the catholic University also has to be given this chance

  15. chancol alumnus says:

    The community – staff and students – should take care of chancol. They can’t be neglecting or otherwising destroying it and expect someone else to come to their rescue. They also need to be creative and resourceful. Emulate Bunda. Also try out the alumni initiative. Stop empty pride and infighting and selfishness. By the way, why can’t chancol and pily be universities each in theirown right?

  16. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    Guys lets baul out chanco the place is in a deterioration state in the next f8ce it its be blacklisted from the list of accredited colleges

  17. Nyasosera says:

    Koma ziliko liko ndithu. Zinazi Ana aberedwa ndalama ndithu. What is this? If my Unima where I trained has poor standards, what about this? Will see how things will unfold in Nyasaland

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