Our Mandate

Our mandates in line with our constituting legislation are:

  1. to promote and coordinate education provided by higher education institutions;
  2. to register and de-register higher education institutions;
  3. to determine a framework for funding public higher education institutions;
  4. to harmonise selection of students to all public universities;
  5. to regulate, determine and maintain standards of teaching, examinations, academic qualifications, academic facilities;
  6. to develop a national qualification framework which is compatible with regional and international standards;
  7. to determine criteria and procedures for registration and de-registration of higher education institutions;
  8. to accredit both public and private higher education institutions;
  9. to design and recommend an institutional quality assurance system for higher education;
  10. to recommend to the Minister institutional quality assurance standards for the establishment, standardisation and accreditation of higher education institutions including standards of:

    1. teaching and learning,
    2. infrastructure, physical plant and equipment,
    3. the development of curricula,
    4. libraries and learning resource centres,
    5. safety of teaching and learning facilities, and
    6. student-transfer between programmes and higher education institutions.

  11. to provide guidance for terms and conditions for awarding grants and scholarships to students of public higher education institutions;
  12. to ensure that higher education institutions have high calibre of members of staff by:

    1. prescribing standards and maintaining minimum requirements for engagement of members of staff to all levels of higher education institutions;
    2. advising on conditions of employment;
    3. overseeing continuous professional development for members of staff of higher education institutions; and
    4. from time to time, prescribing, maintaining and reviewing a code of conduct of professional ethics for members of staff of higher education institutions.

  13. to assess, evaluate and recognise qualifications attained at a foreign higher education institution;
  14. to represent interests of the Malawian higher education regionally and internationally;
  15. to monitor the implementation of international agreements concerning higher education;
  16. to promote international cooperation and facilitate exchanges of higher education; and
  17. to advise the Minister on all matters of higher education.

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