Poly at a Glance

The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, is committed to stewarding the academic mission, research enterprise and strategic vision.

We generate new insights for the benefit of the present and future generations through diverse disciplines. We pride in nurturing and supporting our faculty and students. It is therefore a privilege to be part of this dynamic and premier institution of excellence.

We welcome you all to this great institution.

Prof Grant Kululanga, The College Principal

Establishment

The College was established under legal authority granted by a provision in the University of Malawi Act of 1965; the College is now governed by the University of Malawi Amendment Act of 1998. 

Vision

To be a centre of excellence in the provision of scientific and technological education and training for sustainable development.

Mission

To advance knowledge and professional competencies in science, technology, commerce and communication through excellence in demand driven education, research, consultancy and outreach. 

Core Values

The College has adopted a set of values that are shared among all staff and students and thereby offer them some guidance as they fulfill their respective responsibilities. These values are expected to drive Polytechnic’s culture and priorities. The core values are:

  • Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics
  • Innovation
  • Equality
  • Learner-centred

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Faculty Members by Academic Qualifications 

Students at the Polytechnic are taught by qualified faculty members, most of whom have initially been trained locally up to the undergraduate level, and then pursued graduate training at institutions in other countries in Africa, Europe, North America, and even Asia and Australia. There are 256 faculty members at the Polytechnic.  Of these, 42 have doctorate degrees, 150 have master’s degrees, and 64 have bachelor’s degrees. It takes quite a bit of academic productivity to become a professor within the UNIMA system. Perhaps not surprisingly, there are only 2 professors at the Polytechnic, and there are 5 associate professors. There are 38 senior lecturers, 104 lecturers and 48 assistant lecturers.  

Student Body

The College caters to students of both genders who come from all three regions of the country—Northern, Central, and Southern. International students are also welcome to enroll.  There are currently 4777 students enrolled at the Polytechnic, of which 3166 are male and 1611 are female.