Promoting quality, accessible, relevant and inclusive higher education and training in Malawi

Welcome to the official platform for the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Here you will be able to access information about NCHE and the work that we do in promoting quality higher education in Malawi. Our core business is to regulate higher education in Malawi. Through this platform the Council intends to ease access to authentic and verifiable information about its operations and the higher education sub sector. 

Our mission is rooted in our commitment to foster the growth and excellence of higher education in Malawi. Through our mission, espoused in in the NCHE Act, 2011, we are entrusted to carry out specific responsibilities in line with our mandate, including the following functions:

  1. To promote and coordinate education provided by higher education institutions;
  2. To register and de-register higher education institutions;
  3. To harmonize the selection of students to all public universities;
  4. To regulate, determine and maintain standards of teaching, examinations, academic qualifications, academic facilities;
  5. To determine minimum criteria and procedures for registration of higher education institutions;
  6. To accredit both public and private higher education institutions;
  7. To assess, evaluate and recognize qualifications attained at foreign higher education institutions (HEIs);
  8. To represent interests of the Malawian higher education regionally and internationally;
  9. To promote international cooperation and facilitate exchange in higher education, and
  10. To advise the Minister on all matters of higher education.

You can view a full list of our functions on this link

At NCHE, we are driven by the belief that education is the cornerstone of national development. We are committed to upholding the highest standards in higher education, ensuring that students in higher education receive a world-class education that prepares them for success in a globalized world.

Thank you for visiting our website, and we hope you will continue to return for updates and new developments as we remain committed to serving you towards the promotion of quality, accessible, relevant and inclusive higher education and training in Malawi.

Ambumulire N. Phiri, PhD

Chief Executive Officer.

Contact Us

Area 47 Msokera Street
Next to Chitukuko Petroda Filling Station
Private Bag B371
Lilongwe Malawi

Tel: +265 1 755 884

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between registration and accreditation?

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Q: Can institutions that have failed accreditation continue offering higher education programs, or do you close them?

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