Anniversary hostel project


College of Medicine (COM) was established in 1991 as a constituent college within the University of Malawi (UNIMA). Being the only medical school in Malawi, COM has experienced a tremendous growth over the period till now resulting in introduction of new faculties hence an increased intake. In view of this, there has been an increase in demand for accommodation on campus yet few accommodation structures have been constructed so far.
In lieu of this, COM Students thought of an initiative to spearhead sourcing of funds for construction of Anniversary Students Hostel to solve the acute accommodation problem which COM is facing at its main campus as well as celebrating that COM has spent 25 years since its establishment.


To promote student welfare and thus contribute to the development of the College and Nation. Students at College of Medicine are trained at international standards to become competent health professionals. Clinical training requires students to contribute to patient care in the hospital wards at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, often at unsocial hours. Off-campus accommodation has challenges like: substandard housing and security (particularly for girls), no access to the cafeteria, poor sanitation, inconvenient studying places, lack of internet access and difficulty with transportation.


Quality accommodation correlates to quality education, ergo for COM to continue producing competent health professionals it requires new structures to cater for the unfortunate who have to reside off campus. We thus took it in our hands and undertook a venture to raise a 178 bed hostel. We are imploring family, staff, research affiliates, and alumni, local and international donors to aid fund this undertaking.

Visit Anniversary Hostel Project Website


The University of Malawi (UNIMA) is pleased to announce names of candidates who have been selected to pursue various generic programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year on non-residential basis.

During the selection process, candidates were selected first using the equity system of admitting students into public institutions of higher learning. Under this arrangement, the top ten candidates from each district were offered places first and the rest were selected based on both merit and the size of the population of their district of origin.  The selected candidates had MSCE qualifications and other equivalent qualifications.

All candidates were selected based on the criteria of selection which are applicable to the University of Malawi.

The public is informed that the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), under the coordination of the Technical working Group from all public universities, called for applications from candidates to various programmes in all public universities including the University of Malawi. As a result of this, all public universities conducted their selection in a harmonised manner to avoid multiple selection of candidates. However each university conducted its own selection in compliance with the Act which governs its operations.

With regard to the 2016/2017 academic year, there were over 15000 applications which were received by NCHE to be considered for selection by all public universities.

Out of this group, a total of 2085 candidates have been selected to pursue various academic programmes in the University of Malawi. The gender breakdown of this figure is 998 females representing 47.86% and 1087 males representing 52.13% of the candidates.  Candidates to be admitted by the University of Malawi, account for about half of the combined total of all candidates selected by public universities in Malawi.

Last year, a total of 1920 candidates were selected to pursue various programmes at the University of Malawi. There were also 7 special needs candidates who joined various programmes in the University of Malawi.

The public may wish to note that the University of Malawi each year also considers for selection of candidates with special needs. In this regard, 9 applications were considered for admission in the 2016/2017 academic year in adherence to the policy on equitable access to higher education.  This is done due to the fact that the conditions of the candidates disadvantaged them to compete on an equal footing with their colleagues during MSCE or equivalent level examinations. On the list of selected candidates, there are 4 candidates with special needs who have been admitted. The public may further wish to note that in line with the direction of Council, all candidates with special needs, were examined by medical practitioners at the College of Medicine who provided certification as to whether or not their conditions warranted special consideration.

All successful candidates should note that they shall be required to find and pay for their own accommodation and meals. Issues pertaining to loans to be used for payment of tuition fees sponsorship are currently handled by Government through the Loans Board for Higher Education and other related institutions who support the education of candidates.

Candidates who would like to stay on campus should apply for accommodation to their respective Colleges and, if accepted, they will be required to pay the College for the same. Candidates are advised that College accommodation is limited and that this shall be allocated based on individual College criteria which can be sought from the offices of Deans of Students at each College. In allocating accommodation spaces, among other issues, Colleges shall prioritise the special needs candidates.

Furthermore, all candidates that have been selected to pursue various programmes at Kamuzu College of Nursing, will be informed by the College about the campus where they will be based. This will be either in Lilongwe or in Blantyre.

Candidates are further advised that the starting date for the 2016/2017 academic year shall be announced by each College in due course.

All selected candidates will in due course receive their offer letters and will be expected to indicate their offer acceptance. If candidates will not take up their laces, such candidates would be expected to timely advise their relevant College that such is the case.

The list of successful candidates is available on all official notice boards of the constituent Colleges of the University of Malawi and on the following websites,, and The list of successful candidates can also be accessed from the following public group on Facebook:

Further details regarding the 2016/2017 intake and results can be obtained from the University Office during working days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. using the following number: (+265) 1 526 622 (switchboard line).


For more College specific information concerning accommodation and other issues, contact the particular College Registrar using the following details:


University Registrar                                                                                                             Monday, 25th, April, 2016


NORAD approves 2016 work plan and budget for NORHED Antimicrobial Stewardship and Conservancy in Africa project


NORAD approves the 2016 Work Plan and budget for the NORHED Antimicrobial Stewardship and Conservancy in Africa project. In a letter to Prof. Sabiha Y. Essacks, the project’s main PI base at UKZN in RSA, signed by Karstein Maseide (head of section) and Signe Marie Breivik (senior adviser) NORAD reports to have found the project’s work plan to be in line with previous implementation plan and objectives. The letter concludes with the remarks “NORAD hereby approves the submitted work plan and budget for 2016 and wish you a successful year”

NORAD approves the 2015 Narrative annual report and the 2015 Financial report: In the annual meeting held at the University of KwaZulu Natal on Monday 24th April 2016. NORAD, represented by Signe Breivik approved both the 2015 Narrative Annual report and 2015 Financial report.

School of Public Health & Family Medicine has a website

I would like to inform you that the School of Public Health & Family Medicine has launched a new website.
You can now access the website via
The new website contains the following:
Special thanks should go to Amir Mikhail in Melbourne, Joel Kumwenda, John Parks and Charles Mangani and the University of Melbourne for funding the development of the site.
Best regards,

Application for the 2016/17 CARTA PhD Fellowships

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of nine African universities, four African research institutes, and select northern partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research.

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Intermediate Short Course in Postgraduate Research Methods (PRM 02)

Dates: 25th April – 20th May 2016

The Research Support Centre of the College of Medicine (COM) in collaboration with the Helse Nord Tuberculosis Initiative (HNTI) research group, Blantyre, will run a three week “Intermediate Short Course in Postgraduate Research Methods”. The course will be taught by researchers and academics from COM’s affiliates, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of London – LSHTM, Makerere University and Oxford University – The Ethox Centre. It is designed for postgraduates wishing to improve their research skills with the focus on skills relevant to the intermediate stages of research projects.

Course Outline

The main objective of the course is to teach practical skills and understanding in research methodology. The topics to be covered will include:


  1. Quantitative and data management: Days 1 to 8


A 7.5-day Module, structured into ten 2.5hr (1hr lecture / 1.5hr practical) sessions and aims:

  • To refresh on measures of disease and use of Stata
  • To introduce the concepts of bias, confounding and effect modification and to carry out analyses to investigate potential confounding and effect modification
  • To introduce the concept of logistic regression and odds rations and also aims at enabling students to compute odds ratios, 95% confidence intervals for odds ratios in Stata and meaningfully interpret the logistic regression coefficients
  • To understand the concepts survival data, survival analysis and to be able to perform basic analyses of survival data and Kaplan-Meier graphs
  • To introduce the concepts of correlated data analysis focusing on why standard methods for independent data are not suitable for analysis of correlated data and also introduce some approaches for analysing correlated binary and count data
  • To provide an overview of the importance of systematic reviews and meta-analysis in evidence-based medicine and research. An introduction to the methods for the design, conduct and analysis of data from systematic reviews will be provided
  • To provide an overview of the importance of meta-analysis in evidence-based medicine and research, and familiarize participants with the methods for performing meta-analysis will be given; and
  • To ensure that researchers are able to design high standard data entry screens, and obtain high quality data.



  • Refresher: measures of disease and effect, data types of variables and getting started with Stata.
  • Bias, Confounding and Effect modification
  • Principles and introduction to logistic regression
  • Case control studies
  • Introduction to Survival analysis
  • Clustering (Analysis of correlated data) in epidemiological studies
  • Introduction to Systematic Reviews
  • Introduction to Meta-Analysis of data
  • Refresher on data analysis and presentation
  • Revision/summary of epidemiology and statistics
  • Introduction to Clinical Data Management
  • Data management using Excel
  • Data management using Ms Access/Epi info
  • Data Management using ODK
  • Preparing data for analysis

2.    Professional Support Module: Days 8 & 9

A 1.5 day Module aiming to equip researchers with the basic skills and understanding required for quality research, including ethics, financial management and Information Literacy.


  • Ethics of Health Research
  • Principles of accounting, budgeting and grant management
  • Information Literacy Skills

3.    Biomedical Module: Day 10

A 1 day Module structured into1hr lecture / 1.5hr practical sessions. The aims:

  • to introduce participants to commonly encountered data analysis requirements and GraphPad Prism, a commonly used specialist data analysis programme.


  • Basic Biomedical Research: introduction and overview
  • Laboratory Data analysis and summary using GraphPad Prism (practical)
  • Basic calculations in the lab e.g. making solutions, presenting data with standard errors; simple graphs
  • Checking for outliers and invalid data in biomedical research datsets
  • Analysis of a raw datset: Excel and GraphPad Prism
  • How to complete and use a lab notebook
  • Quality Assurance in medical research


4.    Qualitative module: Days 11 to 15 (16th to 20th May 2016)

A 5 day Module structured to provide an introduction to qualitative approaches, methods and issues looking specifically at their application in health related research. The emphasis will be on practical orientation to the key skills and approaches used, including use of NVivo. The module aims :


  • To introduce students to advanced qualitative research methods and techniques;
  • To review the use of NVIVO as a tool for data management and analysis;
  • To understand the four main approaches to qualitative data analysis, and
  • To take students beyond descriptive coding, using conceptual frameworks in the design and coding of research.


  • Overview of qualitative research design & data collection
  • Introduction to four approaches to qualitative analysis:
  • Thematic content analysis
  • Framework analysis
  • Grounded theory approaches
  • Narrative analysis


Sessions on each approach will cover their application in coding, development of conceptual frameworks and use of NVivo.



Methods of Assessment and credits

No formal assessment.  Attendees will get a certificate of attendance and course materials.


Duration: 3 weeks (no weekend classes)


Venue: ICT Department’s Computer laboratory, College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Blantyre, Malawi


Enrolment: Maximum of 30 participants. Only participants with prior research experience or enrolled in advanced training will be eligible.


Tuition: US$ 200.00

All participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs.


Registration: To apply, please request for an application form from the College of Medicine – Research Support Centre.


Email: and


Cell: +265 999 280 538


Application deadline: 13th April 2016 (decision feedback 20th April 2016)

Launching Research Directory

RsThe directory brings to you information about researchers at College of Medicine and its research affiliates namely Blantyre Malaria Project, Johns Hopkins Project, Malaria Alert Centre, Malawi Epidemiological and Intervention Research Unit and Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme. The directory unveils the research activities in these institutions. It is envisaged that this research directory will enable researchers utilise the college’s research expertise to expand their research networks.

To access the directory please follow the link

RHInno Ethics System Implementation at College of Medicine

Rhinno Ethics Link

In its effort to improve the effectiveness of health research ethics review at the College of Medicine, The Research Support Centre (RSC) in Collaboration with the College of Medicine Research Ethics Committee (COMREC) has purchased a research ethics administration tool called RHInno Ethics.

What is RHInno Ethics?

RHInno is a system which provides research ethics committees (RECs) with a secure, fully cloud-based solution for managing and tracking   research applications throughout the entire life-cycle of the research projects. It oversees and manages data and automates the entire review life cycle. RHInno maintains the whole research governance process allowing users to improve management, avoid loss of documentation, speed up the review process and above all reduce the amount of paper used (hence environmental friendly). It is efficient and cost effective.

What is the overall objective of RHInno Ethics?

The overall objective of RHInno Ethics is to provide Research Ethics Committee (RECs), Researchers, the Regulatory Authority, and government with a web based information and management system that makes available quick and reliable ‘near real time’ data, tables and reports which can be used to monitor, evaluate and communicate.

What are the benefits?

  • Improving Quality – Accelerating Reviews.
  • Critical security features(Instant back up, encryption and authentication, data ownership and control).
  • Online engagement and discussion.
  • Increased accountability and transparency.
  • Standardised and harmonised review process.
  • Improve communication and avoid loss of documentation.
  • Uses low bandwidth


Who are the users of the system?

RHInno allows users to enter and manage information about projects and research protocols. The tool has three platforms for different users as below:

  • The Ethics Secretariat (Administration)
  • Reviewers
  • Researchers



Will this change the way COMREC works?

The new system will not change any of the cycles that exist in COMREC, rather all the systems will now be moved to the electronic way from paper based submissions. All meeting dates, turnaround times for the different cycles will remain the same.


What will happen if one cannot access the system?

The system will be rolled out in phases starting with new submissions and moving on to other submission categories. However, if one is unable to access the system they will be allowed to submit hard copies until the system is fully functional. The new system will be rolled out on 1st April 2016.


Soon COMREC will be implementing and conducting user training on the new system. In order to learn more about RHInno contact

University of Malawi third 2014/15 congregation Wednesday 23rd march, 2016

 The University of Malawi wishes to inform the 2014/15 graduands and the general public that its third Congregation will be held on Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016 in the Great Hall at Chancellor College in Zomba from 7:30 a.m.

His Excellency, The State President and Chancellor of the University of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, will preside over the ceremony.

Academic awards and other distinctions shall be conferred to graduands from the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Humanities
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Management (Honoris Causa)


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Systems and Policy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Management ( Honoris Causa)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Arts (Business Communication)
  • Bachelor of Education (Business Studies)
  • Bachelor of Education (Technical)
  • Bachelor of Science (Technical Education)
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering (Structures)
  • Certificate in Civil Engineering (Water)
  • Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Management (Honoris Causa)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Extension
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Family Science )
  • Bachelor of Science in Irrigation Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management
  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Master of Science in Animal Science

Dress rehearsals for the Congregation shall be held on Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016 from 8:00 am in the Great Hall at Chancellor College in Zomba. Graduands are required to come in their graduation attire and are asked to be punctual. Only those candidates that attend dress rehearsals shall be allowed to graduate. 

Academic dress for the Congregation shall be available for hire from Monday 14th to Monday 21st March, 2016 from their respective colleges. The hiring charges for the graduation attire are as follows:

Diploma/Certificate Set                    K  5 000.00

Bachelors Set                                    K  6 000.00

Masters Set                                       K25 000.00

PhD Set                                             K30 000.00

All candidates must immediately return their academic dress at the end of the function. Any unreturned academic dress shall attract a penalty fee of K5 000.00 for the first day of delay and K2 000.00 for each subsequent day of delay payable before the release of the certificate.

Candidates who owe their Colleges money shall not be allowed to graduate. Candidates who require photography services shall be informed about the details of accredited photographers during rehearsals. Candidates should contact their respective Colleges for invitation cards of their guardians. 

For inquiries, please contact: Peter Mitunda or Francis Machado on the following numbers 01 526 622 / 01 524 282 / 01 524 456 or e-mail: or or visit our website: 


Introducing Requisition system (R-Plus)

rplusIn order to streamline the requisition process and better serve you, the college has introduced requisition system (R-Plus). Every requisition moves through different approval stages and users can track requisition simply by login in the system. R-Plus is available online and can be accessed anywhere at anytime. The system has been implemented with email notification will alert users about activity regarding requisition.


Requisition archives

The system provides archive and history of current and past requisitions.

Accessing R-Plus

R-Plus can be accessed via: