Faculty of Commerce
Commerce is at the heart of every economy. So, it should not be surprising that the Faculty of Commerce has a unique prestige among the faculties at the Polytechnic: It has trained bankers, accountants, and many other professionals that continue to make the economy of Malawi hum. The programs offered under the faculty have to do with accountancy and auditing, business administration, and commerce (broadly defined). The three departments under the faculty—accountancy, business administration, and commerce—offer 12 academic programs, with the Department of Commerce going so far as to offer a doctorate in commerce with three specializations. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) offered by the Department of Business Administration is arguably the most popular post-graduate degree for professionals within Malawi who wish to further their studies.
Academic Members of Staff
The academic members of staff in the Faculty of Commerce are, by definition, engaged in virtually every sector of the economy of Malawi. They are among the most enterprising and entrepreneurial of the academic staff at the Polytechnic. As with academic members of staff in other faculties at the Polytechnic, members in the Faculty of Commerce teach students in other faculties when the need arises. Not only do they teach the various modules with zeal and expertise, but also they are consultants, conducting research on behalf of various corporate organizations and the government itself. They also conduct academic research. Quite frequently, some members are called upon to comment in the media on various socio-economic issues facing the country.
Officially under the Faculty of Commerce, the Management Development Centre is one of the more illustrious centres at the Polytechnic: many a banker, accountant or manager has enrolled at the centre, typically to upgrade his or her qualifications. The centre offers students from various backgrounds, with different qualifications, and at different stages in their professional life the opportunity to study under lecturers who teach at the Polytechnic. Like all other centres at the Polytechnic, it was established to offer those who were otherwise unable to enroll as regular students the opportunity to attain tertiary education. The focus at the centre is on management and other related courses. Students may also sit for examinations offered by international examining bodies such as the Association of Business Executives (ABE) and ABMA Education.
Profile for the Dean of Commerce: Dr Kizito Elijah Kanyoma
The current dean of the Faculty of Commerce is Dr Kizito Elijah Kanyoma. He has been dean since December 2020. He has previously served as head of the Department of Business Administration between November 2019 and November 2020, and from May to September 2013. Between February 2017 and August 2019, Dr Kanyoma worked as a tutor, lecturer and facilitator on a number of undergraduate academic programmes at the University of Newcastle’s Business School, Australia. He also served as a lecturer and facilitator on Newcastle Business School’s online MBA programme. Having worked with a world class university – the University of Newcastle, which is ranked 197th in the 2021 QS World University rankings (i.e., among the top 1 percent of universities in the world), Dr Kanyoma brings to the faculty valuable expertise and the much-needed global perspective as the Malawi Polytechnic repositions itself to fully embrace a culture of excellence.
A business administration graduate from the University of Malawi—The Polytechnic (2005), he went on to earn a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from the University of Bolton, United Kingdom in 2012. He later secured two fully funded PhD scholarships courtesy of the Turkish Government, and the Commonwealth of Australia, the latter, under the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship fund. In 2018, he successfully completed his doctorate in Management at the University of Newcastle, Australia, majoring in Supply Chain Management and inter-firm collaboration. Professionally, Dr Kanyoma is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transportation (CILT) and locally, the Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supply (MIPS). As a scholar, Dr Kanyoma has published his research in top ranked journals in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, including in the revered International Journal of Logistics Management.
Before joining the Polytechnic in 2008, Dr Kanyoma worked as a management trainee and later, assistant property manager - commercial, with Knight Frank Malawi Limited. Dr Kanyoma is married with two daughters and adores poetry. He is a committed Catholic.
Faculty of Commerce Programmes
- Bachelor of Accountancy
- Bachelor of Business Administration (Generic)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing)
- Bachelor of Laws in Commercial Law
- Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurship)
- Bachelor of Commerce (Internal Audit)
- Bachelor of Commerce (Tourism Management)
- Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- PhD in Entrepreneurship
- PhD in Strategic Management
- PhD in Financial Management
- Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance)