Malawi education system: Colleges and Universities in Malawi

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Malawi education

Malawi education focuses on academic achievements of students in the country.The Malawi education system follows 8-4-4 approach. This means students take 8 years to complete primary school education. Upon successful completion of primary education they spend four years in secondary school. Then another four years is spent in tertiary institutions. According to World Bank reports students from well to do families have more access to education than those from poor families.

Primary Education in Malawi

First and foremost primary education in Malawi primary schools is free and compulsory in government schools. Students start primary school when they are 6 years old. Learning in junior primary classes is in Chichewa. Students start learning in English in standard five. 85{5808e1736132a1fa864f6fc8b64688fbc0d5d9b8c9ab44aea1223eff99f9c2e7} of primary schools are government-owned while other attends private schools. Primary education is compulsory.

All subjects are compulsory in primary school.

There are teacher training colleges which train primary school teachers in Malawi. Some of the teachers training colleges are Lilongwe teachers training college, Blantyre teachers training college, Kasungu teachers training college and DAPP teachers training colleges.  

Some private primary schools offer boarding facilities.

Secondary schools in Malawi

Second part of the Malawi Education take place in secondary schools. The duration to complete secondary education is 4 years. Students pay fees to attend secondary education in both primary and private schools. Selection of students to start secondary education is done by Malawi ministry of education and Malawi national examinations board.

In secondary schools in Malawi students select at least six subjects. Core subjects like English, Mathematics, Physical science and biology all students are compulsory to all students.      

Secondary school teachers have a minimum requirement of a diploma in education. Institutions that train secondary school teachers in Malawi are University of Malawi, Mzuzu University, Domasi College of education and Nalikule College of education.

Colleges and Universities in Malawi  

The third part of Malawi education is tertiary education. There are several colleges and universities which offer education in Malawi. Competition to study in public universities is stiff.

Apart from academic performance at secondary schools, admission to public universities depend on district of origin.  The four public universities in Malawi are University of Malawi, Mzuzu University, Malawi University of science and technology and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and natural Resources.

There are also some private universities in Malawi. Private universities in Malawi include catholic University of Malawi, Exploits University, Malawi Assemblies of God University and   Adventist University.

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is responsible for accreditation of tertiary institutions in Malawi. At present less than 2{5808e1736132a1fa864f6fc8b64688fbc0d5d9b8c9ab44aea1223eff99f9c2e7} of the population have access to tertiary education in Malawi.

Technical colleges in Malawi

There are technical colleges in Malawi where students are trained in vocational skills. Some of the technical colleges in Malawi are; Lilongwe Technical College, Soche Technical College, Nasawa Technical College and Mzuzu Technical College

List of Colleges and Universities in Malawi

Public Universities

University of Malawi consisting of four colleges: College of Medicine, Chancellor College, Kamuzu College of Nursing and the Malawi polytechnic

Mzuzu University

Malawi University of Science and Technology

Lilongwe University of Science and Technology

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Private Universities in Malawi

The Catholic University of Malawi

Malawi Assemblies of God University

Adventist university of Malawi

Daeyang University

St John the Baptist University

Exploits University

University of Livingstonia

Pentecostal Life University

Nkhoma University

Blantyre International University  

Riverton University

Malawi Institute of Management

Skyway University Malawi

Unicaf University Malawi


Colleges in Malawi

Malawi College of health sciences

African Bible College

Natural Resources College

Mwimba College of Agriculture

Malawi Police Training College

National College of Information and Technology  

Malawi institute of Journalism

Malawi College of Accountancy

Domasi College of Education

Government print

Zomba Theological College

Namitete technical college

Nasawa  technical collge

Mangochi community technical college


Teachers training colleges in Malawi

Lilongwe teachers traning college

Kasungu teachers training college

DAPP teacher training college

Karonga TTC

Emanuel Teacher’s training college

Maryam Teacher training college


CHAM training colleges in Malawi

Malamulo College of health sciences

Ekwendeni Nursing College

St Joseph nursing school

Daeyang Luke College

Mulanje Mission Nursing college

Nkhoma College of nursing and midwifery

Trinity College of nursing and midwifery

St John of God college of Health sciences

St Luke’s Nursing College

Holy Family Training College

St John’s nursing school

St Anne’s college

Technical colleges in Malawi

Andiamo technical college

Lilongwe technical college

Mzuzu Technical college

Don Bosco Youth Technical institute

Soche technical college



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