The Kamuzu University of Health Sciences: a “semi” new university is born in Malawi

Adamson S. Muula

Editor-in-Chief, Malawi Medical Journal and Head of Public Health, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been identified On 4th May 2021, a new university, the Kamuzu University
of Health Sciences (KUHeS) started its operations in Malawi following the notice of its commencement by the
Ministry of Education. 1 The (semi) new university emerged from the amalgamation of two (former) constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (UNIMA), i.e. the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) and the College of Medicine
(CoM). A decade ago, the University of Malawi in fact comprised some five colleges including the two mentioned
above, Bunda College (of Agriculture), Chancellor College (largely for liberal arts and social sciences), and The Malawi Polytechnic (specialising in Commerce, Engineering and Applied Sciences). Following a Parliamentary decision
through an Act of Parliament, Bunda College delinked from the University of Malawi in 2011 while joining with
the Natural Resources College (NRC) to form the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Sciences (LUANAR). 2 This year (2021), it was the turn of/for the remaining four colleges which as stated above have given birth to KUHeS,
but also the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) replacing the former Polytechnic while
Chancellor College, the initial campus of the University of Malawi when it was established in 1965, has, not surprisingly
and most appropriately and responsibly, retained the name of the University of Malawi (formerly, fondly referred to
as the “College that God Loves Most”). Having hosted Religious Studies and Theology Departments, we only
speculated how our colleagues in Zomba came to know how much the Almighty loved them.

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