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Mzuzu University
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MottoSelf Reliance, Perfection and Service
ChairmanHawa Ndilowe
ChancellorLazarus Chakwera
Vice-ChancellorWales Singini
Students8,500 (2021)
11°25′19″S 33°59′35″E / 11.422°S 33.993°E / -11.422; 33.993

Mzuzu University is one of the principal universities of Malawi. The university is located in Luwinga, Mzuzu City, in the northern region of Malawi. It was founded in 1997 after being transformed from a teachers training college established in 1970s. It accepted its first students in 1999. At the time the university opened its doors, the Chancellor was Malawi's former president Bakili Muluzi and the first Vice-Chancellor was Professor Terrence Davis. Professor Peter Mwanza, who later entered politics and became a cabinet minister, was active in establishing the university. He was Chairman of the University Council, and later Vice-Chancellor.[1]


MZUNI is a dual mode University. The Open and Distance Learning (ODeL) Centre offers courses through face-to face and open, distance and e-learning modes. Some of these programmes are available on block, week-end and vacation release.

Faculties and Departments

The University consists of the following faculties and departments:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

The Mzuzu Open and Distance Learning (ODL) campus centre is the focal point for providing education off-campus, including continuing education.

Undergraduate Programmes

Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education (Languages)

Bachelor of Education (Arts)

Bachelor of Education (Science)

Bachelor of Education (Information Communication Technology)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Theology and Religious Studies)

Bachelor of Arts Library and Information Science

Bachelor of Arts Security Studies

Bachelor of Arts Politics and Governance

Bachelor of Arts Development Studies

Bachelor of Arts International Relations and Diplomacy

Bachelor of Arts (History and Heritage Studies)

Faculty of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences)

Bachelor of Science (Optometry)

Bachelor of Science (Nursing and Midwifery)


The school operates the following research centres:


  1. ^ "Profile: PROFESSOR PETER N. MWANZA, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D." Press Trust. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-03-03.