In a recent encounter that holds the promise of advancing healthcare services in Malawi, MTIMA's co-founders had the privilege of meeting with passionate healthcare providers dedicated to enhancing diagnostic services in the nation. During this productive visit, the team had the opportunity to explore the remarkable Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), where innovation and excellence thrive.
Empowering Malawi Through Science and Technology
The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) was founded under the Act of Parliament Number 31 of 2012, with a resolute mission to foster the development, adaptation, transfer, and application of science, technology, and innovation for the macro- and micro-economic development of Malawi.
Its visionary goal is to become a world-class center for science and technology education, research, and entrepreneurship.
A Hub of Academic Excellence
MUST embarked on its journey by enrolling its inaugural cohort of students in April 2014, officially inaugurated by His Excellency the President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, who serves as its first Chancellor. The university encompasses four distinguished schools: the Malawi Institute of Technology (MIT), Ndata School of Climate and Earth Sciences (NSCES), Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), and Bingu School of Culture and Heritage (BISCH), each under the leadership of accomplished Executive Deans.
Diverse Academic Offerings
Among these schools, the Malawi Institute of Technology (MIT) stands out, currently offering seven undergraduate and two postgraduate academic programs in fields such as Engineering, Computer and Information Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. The Ndata School of Climate and Earth Sciences (NSCES) complements this with seven undergraduate programs specializing in earth science, climate science, sustainable energy, and water resources.
Pioneering Medical Education and Research
The Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), operational since 2018, plays a pivotal role in medical education and research. It offers three undergraduate programs in medical imaging, immunology, and medical microbiology. Moreover, it houses the university's teaching hospital, poised to operate as a state-of-the-art diagnostics center while conducting vital research, particularly in non-communicable diseases.
A Testament to Rapid Growth and Progress
Since its inception, MUST has made remarkable strides in both growth and internationalization. The student population has burgeoned from a mere 120 in 2014 to approximately 2,000, a testament to its commitment to excellence. Furthermore, MUST has embraced internationalization by welcoming undergraduate international students, setting the stage for a more diverse and globally enriched academic environment.
The Power of Collaboration
One of the key factors contributing to the swift achievements of MUST is its collaboration with established institutions of higher learning and research centers. By leveraging these partnerships, MUST has swiftly transcended its youth and size to align itself with Malawi's development goals and aspirations.
Pioneering Outreach and Research
In addition to its academic schools, MUST boasts a Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, Research, and Outreach. This arm of the university has actively engaged in various outreach initiatives, including hosting the University open day in 2015 and organizing the first-ever national all-girls science camp in 2016. On the research front, faculty and students have undertaken numerous projects, leading to publications in esteemed journals.
Driving Innovation and Industrial Research
MUST is also at the forefront of innovation and industrial research. The Industrial Research Centre (IRC), soon to be rebranded as the Centre for Innovation and Industrial Research (CIIR), has been pivotal in industrial research, technology development, and transfer programs for over two decades. CIIR will focus on food industry, renewable energy, natural fiber, essential oils, and cultivating critical thinkers and innovators.
A Beacon of Progress
Recognized by the National Council for Higher Education, Malawi, MUST stands as a coeducational institution dedicated to advancing Malawi's healthcare and higher education landscape. MTIMA eagerly looks forward to collaborating with MUST, harnessing our combined efforts to elevate diagnostic medicine and healthcare services for the benefit of the Malawian populace.