Cypress University risks legal action in Malawi: Offering honourary doctorate degrees

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) says it would drag Cypress International University and 11 other universities to court for failing to register with the council.

FA Malawi president Nyamilandu receiving his honourary doctorate degree from Cypress University
Ben Phiri received a doctorate degree from US-based Cypress International Institute (CII)

Cypress International University also known as Cypress International Institute for Academic Research is infamously known for splashing out doctorate degrees like sweets to the powerful and influential people in the country mostly politicians.

Some of the recipients of the degrees include  Minister of Local Government Ben Phiri who got awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Management and others include legislator  Halima Daud, Rev. Fletcher Zioya, Rev.  Emmanuel Chimkwita Phiri and musician  Ethel Kamwendo-Banda.


Others are chiefs Lundu, late Ngolongoliwa, Kawinga, Kamlepo Kalua and just last week Football Association of Malawi president Walter Nyamilandu.

Malawians on social media platforms have been discrediting and pouring insults at the university whose Dean, Davie  Gadama boasts that the university has given out such degrees to kings and emperors of the world.

The council says the NCHE Act gives sole powers of registering private higher education institutions to it.

“The same Act makes provision for quality assurance of higher education through regular assessments and accreditation,” says NCHE.

Other universities not registered include Amity University, Accountancy Tuition College, Bandawe Research Consultancy.

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Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
1 year ago

Don’t you know that they are doing it as a mockery?

Kalekeni Kanene
Kalekeni Kanene
1 year ago

Fake Degrees!!!! Rubbish!!!

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

kkkkkkk thats our cheap malawi. we like prestigous life, nyoyas, grandiosity etc. lelo mwaonanji?. munangozoyamba musanafufuze.kkkkkkk freebees

1 year ago

A Walter mwatilengesya ise ba ku CHANCO.

Mr Truth Pains
1 year ago

Just ban this school , we are tired of fake doctorate degree been give to fake recipient .

Kapado Chimulirenji
1 year ago

Dunderheads are the ones accepting these so called degrees while well educated and principled individuals have declined. Such people include Wambali Mkandawire and Lawyer, Ralph Kasambara – both declined honourary doctorate degrees from this unknown and un-credited university. You can actually see the calibre of people being awarded these papers. and very soon they will splash out another one to Getrude Mutharika, just wait.

1 year ago

Usangopita ku school yeniyeni bwanji ngati mukufuna title in front of your name? Ma honorary degree ndi a mbuli zingofuna status pa town pano. Shame on you mbuli nonse!

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