University College Cork + Mzuzu University, Malawi

Enhancing the Quality of Healthcare Education in Malawi


University College Cork (UCC) along with Mzuzu University (MZUNI) staff in Malawi embarked on a joint capacity development enterprise. The overall aim is to enhance the quality of healthcare education and ultimately healthcare in Malawi with Mzuzu University. This initiative focuses on primary healthcare and public health issues all of which pose a significant public health burden to Malawi. UCC works with the Department of Nursing and Midwifery MZUNI to assist in the quality of knowledge within the faculty that will assist in the training of Health Care workers in the field. They also hope to embark in a similar exercise with the Education Department, as there is also an acute shortage of trained teachers in Malawi. Hence, it is felt that there is a lot of knowledge to share, exchanging professional information, opinions and ideas. Mzuzu University was established by an Act of Parliament in May 1997. Its stated mission is ‘to provide high quality education, training, research and complementary services to meet the technological, social and economic needs of individuals and communities’. It is proposed that the grant received from Esther Ireland will allow the recipients to undertake a site visit by MZUNI staff to UCC, Ireland by academic year end, 2016. This funding will allow Malawian counterparts to conduct a site visit to UCC to assist in their own strategic planning.

For more information about this partnership, please click below to watch UCC’s Dr. Rosarii Griffin speaking at the 1st ESTHER Ireland Partnerships Forum in November 2016.

Partnership Coordinators:

Dr. Rosarii Griffin (Lecturer and Researcher, Centre for Adult Education and Office of the Vice-President for Teaching and Learning, University College Cork.)

Dr. Loveness Kaunda (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Senior Deputy Vice- Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Mzuzu University, Luwinga, Mzuzu, Malawi.)


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