Dean's Welcome Message

The Faculty aims to contribute to a sustainable scientific society through education, research, consultancy and public service. We strive to advance scientific and technological knowledge by engaging in student-centred and innovative research-led training, consultancy and outreach that are responsive to the needs of Malawi and beyond.

Since joining the management team of the faculty, first as head of department, then deputy dean and now dean of faculty, I have been impressed by the staff members’ strong sense of basic and applied scientific educational mission and community service. The faculty offers students from different backgrounds and at different levels in career development, the opportunity to realize their academic potential and contribute to the social economic development of our global community through the knowledge and skills they attain. Our programmes span a wide range of scientific fields including biology, chemistry, food science, nutrition, family and consumer studies, geography and earth sciences, mathematical sciences, computer science and physics. The faculty is also home the Natural Resources and Environment Centre (NAREC) and Leadership in Environment and Development- South East Africa (LEAD-SEA), two research centres focusing of natural resources and environmental issues; and to a number of research groups including the e-Communications Research Group (eCRG) focusing on energy, wireless and radio communications technologies.

The faculty maintains an enviable reputation of being a reservoir of seasoned scientists and researchers who contribute to the national development through research and consultancy in addition to the normal teaching services. Recently members of the faculty have been involved in public services which include rural broadband connectivity through TV White Spaces (TVWS) technology, sugar fortification with Vitamin A, ethanol-petrol blending, livelihood adoption strategies under pressures of climate variability, impact of human activities on parasitic diseases such as malaria, helmiths, onchocerciasis (river blindness), bilharzia and arbovirus; mapping of malnutrition prevalence, climate change adaptation, and tailor-made training for government and private sector in ICT, M&E, and data analysis just to mention a few.

Since 2011, the faculty has seen an intensification of the faculty’s information dissemination processes through consistent bimonthly newsletters, career talks in secondary schools, and consolidation of the Malawi Journal of Science and Technology. From 2015, the faculty website will build on these efforts by proving a one-stop shop for all information about the faculty. As we implement the faculty strategic plan (2014 - 2018), the year 2015 will witness a continued process of lobbying for upgrading and maintenance of infrastructure and equipment for the attainment of an enabling environment for effective and efficient teaching and learning and scientific research; review of curriculum to ensure quality of teaching and learning, and to introduce new and specialized degree programs. The faculty and departments will also intensify research seminars and publications.

The faculty collaborates with several universities/research institutions worldwide through formally established links. It is a member of the NEPAD Water centres of excellence, WaterNet, DAAD programme in ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Co-operation (EXCEED)) and many others. In the next two years (2015 – 2016) we will strengthen the existing collaborations, explore and establish more strong, demand driven and sustainable networks with other universities and research institutions.

The dean’s office pledges to reaffirm the faculty’s research and educational mission in letting students realize their potential and opportunities available to develop their skills and contribute to the society positively.

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Chancellor College is the largest among the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Ever since its establishment, the college has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in various sectors of Malawian society.

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