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The Polytechnic, University of Malawi
(Poly MW)

UNEVOC Centre (Uni/Research) since 1994

The Malawi Polytechnic is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (UNIMA). University of Malawi has been in existence since 1965 and is a federal university currently with four constituent colleges: Chancellor College, Kamuzu College of Nursing, College of Medicine and Malawi Polytechnic. The Polytechnic has five faculties, five centres and fifteen departments. The faculties are: Applied Sciences, Built Environment, Commerce, Engineering and Education and Media Studies.

The Polytechnic has fifteen departments offering undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines: accounting; business administration; management; civil, mechanical, mining and electrical engineering; architecture and land management; environmental management; computing and information technology; journalism; language and communication; mathematics and statistics; physics and biochemical sciences; technical and vocational education and quantity surveying. The multidisciplinary nature of the college puts the Polytechnic in a unique position to meet the multifaceted industries and developmental needs of the society at large.

The Department of Technical Education is in the Faculty of Education and Media Studies, it was established in September 1981 to offer technical education teacher training programmes to prospective teachers. Before it was fully established, the department has been training secondary school technical teachers since the college opened in 1965. The need for more science teachers in the 80’s prompted the upgrading of the 3-year Diploma in Technical Education programme to a 5 year Bachelor of Science in Technical Education Degree programme. When there was an adequate supply of technical teachers in the schools, the programme was to be discontinued but then the Southern Africa Development Conference came in with a five-year capacity development project funded by Overseas Development Administration (ODA) to train technical teachers for the SADC region. The curriculum was hence reviewed to answer to the needs of the region and the five-year programme was reduced to four years and those with Diplomas joining in the third year of the programme. Currently the programme has been reviewed again and it provides options for teacher trainees to major in technical subjects with mathematics and science as minors. The revised programme also provides routes for technical college instructors to major in the specialist trades offered in the technical colleges such as automobile engineering, general fitting, electrical installation, carpentry and joinery and welding and fabrication. The programmes in this department provide opportunities for vocational and entrepreneurial skills development needed for industrial development and exports diversification through mining, manufacturing and agro-processing as stipulated in Malawi’s economic reform plans. The department has a wide range of stakeholders which includes: Ministry of Labour and Manpower Development, Ministry of Education, Industry and communities.

Since the development of undergraduate programmes in Technical and Vocational teacher training programmes, the department has grown and is now offering Postgraduate programmes in the same discipline.


The Vision for Polytechnic is to be a premier institution that creates a culture of excellence.

And its mission is to advance knowledge, professional competencies and innovation in science, technology, commerce and communication through excellence in demand driven education, research, consultancy and outreach.


Main Objective

To ensure institutional sustainability for excellence and build continued strength in the provision of education, research, consultancy and outreach.

Specific Objectives

1. To provide accessible, equitable, relevant, and excellent education.

2. To conduct research, and carry out consultancy and outreach activities.

3. To strengthen college resource base and the financial management system.

4. To enhance governance and management systems.

5. To promote innovative and entrepreneurial culture.

Regular tasks

  • Teaching and Learning.
  • Research in various areas including skills development.
  • Community outreach.
  • Consultancy.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
  Interested to contribute
   Interested to learn
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Gender equality in TVET
Interested to lead
Fostering entrepreneurship
  Interested to contribute
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
  Moderately interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
  Moderately interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


The Polytechnic, University of Malawi (Poly MW)
Along Kamuzu Highway


local time now: ~21:58 ±1 hour daylight saving time

Head of UNEVOC Centre
Prof. Grant Kululanga

UNEVOC Coordinator
Doris Mtemang’ombe
Technical Education

Tel. *****
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29 August 2018
UNESCO-UNEVOC conducts Management Capacity Development Training in Malawi
UNESCO-UNEVOC, in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), conducted a capacity development programme for the Managers of TEVET Institutions in Malawi. This training was undertaken as part of the European Union-funded Malawi Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP).
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