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Functions of the office of the vice chancellor

Leadership and Management

The office provides innovative leadership to the University geared at the furtherance of the objectives of the University, by spearheading strategic planning, policy formulation and implementation targeted at the University and responsive to the needs of Malawi in particular and the world in general. The office ensures high standards of discipline among staff members and students alike as well as adherence to administrative, academic and financial policies, rules and regulations.

Research and Publications

The office ensures implementation of University Research Agenda which fosters application of research results to improve knowledge and human welfare. It also Facilitates collaborative research projects and innovative research that can result in improved production, processing and marketing of agricultural products. Apart from this the office encourages academic members of staff to embark on investigative research that brings about socio-economic changes in peoples habits as well as facilitate international research foundations and collaborative research that can provide funding for capacity building and infrastructure development of the University.

Academic Affairs

The office of the Vice chancellor inspires academic staff in providing effective teaching and learning through performance appraisals of academic, technical and support staff. It stimulates a culture of quality teaching and learning to ensure international standards. The office champions the development and review of curricula for all programmes. It explores and facilitates alternative teaching and learning avenues (including open and distance learning) in order to widen access to higher education.

Marketing and Publicity

The office of the Vice chancellor ensures the following in terms of marketing and publicity:

  • Provides leadership for the development and execution of a comprehensive strategic communications and marketing plan to enhance the universities leadership position, reputation and brand.
  • Markets the University by giving desirable visibility through interaction with government, the public, the donor community and the outside world on higher education issues.
  • Reaches out to communities both locally and internationally, raising awareness of the university‚Äôs impact and international credentials.

Financial/Business Management

The Vice chancellor engages in resource mobilization and ensures that funds raised by the University and those provided by government are managed properly as well as engage the private and public institutions so that industry participates in supporting higher education, research, and product development/marketing.

Quality Assurance

The Vice Chancellors office ensures that mechanisms for quality control and inspection are in place and are functioning properly so that the quality of the graduates is consistent with both regional and international expectations. It also champions the process of obtaining ISO certification. The office ensures that the University develops and maintains a culture for continuous improvement.