Press Release

The National Council for Higher Education Act (No. 15 of 2011) gives mandate to the Council to regulate, promote and coordinate higher education in Malawi. During its 17th meeting held on 3rd and 4th July 2017 the Council received improvement plans, an assessment report for the registration of a new higher education institution and accreditation reports for various higher education institutions.  The Council made the following resolutions:

A.   Improvement plans

The Council approved improvement plans from the following higher education institutions whose accreditation results were released in October 2016 and March 2017.



Accreditation Status


Nkhoma University

Accredited with conditions, October 2016


Malawi University of Science and Technology

Accredited with conditions, October 2016


College of Medicine (University of Malaŵi)

Accredited with conditions, October 2016


University of Livingstonia

Accredited with conditions, March 2017


Daeyang University

Accredited with conditions, March 2017


Montfort Special Needs Education College

Not accredited, March 2017


The higher education institutions named above will now proceed to the implementation phase of their improvement plans and the Council will be following up closely to ensure progress towards improvement in the agreed areas. Montfort Special Needs Education College shall be re-assessed at the end of its implementation period, while the other five institutions shall be visited from time to time and progress reports from the visits shall inform future assessments for re-accreditation.

B.   Registration of University of Lilongwe

The Council registered University of Lilongwe as a higher education institution in Malawi. The University shall be assessed for accreditation after operating for a minimum of two years.

C.   Outcome on accreditation of private higher education institutions

Further to previous announcements on accreditation of higher education institutions in the country, the Council has accredited, with conditions, the following private higher education institutions and the programmes listed against each institution:



Accreditation Status


Malawi Adventist University (MAU)

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Religion
  2. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  3. Bachelor of Science in Agri-business
  4. Bachelor of Business Administration (Management, Marketing and Finance)
  5. Bachelor of Education (English Language and Literature)


Malawi Assemblies of God University (MAGU)

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counselling
  2. Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  3. Bachelor of Arts in Church Education Ministries
  4. Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  5. Bachelor of Education English
  6. Bachelor of Education History
  7. Bachelor of Education ICT
  8. Bachelor of Education Mathematics
  9. Bachelor of Education Social Studies
  10. Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  11. Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Finance
  12. Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration
  13. Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management
  14. Bachelor of Commerce in Business Information Systems
  15. Bachelor of Commerce in Insurance
  16. Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing
  17. Diploma in Early Childhood Development
  18. University Certificate of Education
  19. Master of Arts in Christian Leadership
  20. Master of Arts in Community Psychology
  21. Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies


Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA)
(Open and distance learning only)

  1. Advanced Certificate  in Management Studies
  2. Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning
  3. Higher Certificate in Accounting
  4. Higher Certificate in Public Management
  5. Higher Certificate in Information Technology
  6. Higher Certificate in Supply Chain Management
  7. Higher Certificate in Business Management
  8. Higher Certificate in Local Government and Development Management
  9. Higher Certificate in Labour Studies
  10. Higher Certificate in Marketing
  11. Higher Certificate in Project Management
  12. Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management
  13. Bachelor of Public Administration
  14. Bachelor of Business Administration
  15. Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management
  16. Bachelor of Commerce in Information and Technology Management
  17. Bachelor of Commerce in Supply Chain Management
  18. Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Management
  19. Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management (Honours)
  20. Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management (Honours)
  21. Bachelor of Public Administration (Honours)
  22. Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management
  23. Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management
  24. Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management
  25. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  26. Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Pentecostal Life University (PLU)


  1. Bachelor of Arts in  Procurement and Supply Chain
  2. Bachelor of  Business Management
  3. Bachelor of Science  in Community Development

The public is informed that the designation ‘accredited with conditions’ does not signify preconditions for attaining accreditation, rather that the institutions concerned are expected to implement certain recommended improvements for the purpose of continuous improvement.

D.   Institutions not accredited by the Council

The Council did not accredit the following higher education institutions:

  1. Columbia Commonwealth University
  2. Riverton University,
  3. Share World Open University, and
  4. Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI)

With the exception of Columbia Commonwealth University, the institutions named above are required to develop improvement plans responding to the recommendations made by the Council. Thereafter, each institution shall be advised on necessary steps before re-assessment.
The public is further informed that a complete list of ‘accredited’ and ‘unaccredited’ higher education institutions is available at the National Council for Higher Education offices and on its website. Higher education institutions are urged to avoid misrepresentation of their accreditation status, which the students and the public should be aware of.

For more information and further clarification please contact:
The Chief Executive Officer
National Council for Higher Education
Private Bag B 371
Lilongwe 3

Telephone: 01 755 884

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Institutional Registration

The National Council for Higher Education wishes to notify the general public that all higher education institutions, both public and private, are required to register with NCHE all new programmes and satellite centres  before admitting students or commencing operations in those centres. The Council would also like to assure the public that it is doing everything possible to ensure that only registered institutions are operating and offering approved programmes in approved premises. The Council is therefore urging all prospective students, parents and guardians to access list of all registered institutions and programmes in Malawi before enrolling and to inform the Council if they are aware of unregistered institutions operating within their areas.
NCHE is committed to ensuring quality Higher Education in Malawi. To this end the Council has developed Minimum Standards for Higher Education Institutions and the Accreditation Evaluation Framework which are ready for use. Therefore, the Council shall commence assessment of all higher education institutions for accreditation within the first half of 2016.

For more information please contact the secretariat

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