The index of universities, their projects, area of partnership can be found on this page.

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University of Aberdeen

The Centre for Global Development (CGD) at the University of Aberdeen was created to facilitate and generate work on international development across the University. It espouses an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach, recognising that future long-term research must be coordinated across all areas of sustainable development to maximise impact in less developed countries.

University of Dundee

University of Dundee

Over the years, the University of Dundee has developed links with Malawi primarily through its medical programmes. Through academic links and exchanges, research projects and policy work, Dundee has established close and constructive partnerships with a range of Malawian actors and institutions.

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University of Edinburgh

The university of Edinburgh currently has more academics working and researching with partners in Malawi than any other country in Africa. Across a wide range of disciplines, these partnerships are supported by funders including the Scottish Government, National Institutes of Health , Wellcome Trust, and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Malawi is a core part of the University's Africa Plan and contributes strongly to its 2030 Strategy, which aims to build innovative global partnerships for research, teaching and impact.


Edinburgh Napier University

In the past, Edinburgh Napier University has developed links with Malawi in music, publishing, and other areas which have had distinct strengths as part of the University's goal to use its expertise to enhance the lives and prospects of people and their communities.

Membership of the Scotland Malawi Partnership also represents a further development of the international nature of the University.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

The centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University takes a global lead in action research and policy development within the field of climate justice. Their aim is to deliver pragmatic and lasting solutions which improve the wellbeing of society, enhance peoples rights and promote a climate-just world. Their work in Malawi so far has focused on climate justice, education, energy and water security.

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University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow has very many successful collaborations and ongoing projects with academic institutions all across Malawi. Major funders including the Scottish Government, Wellcome trust, World Bank and the Global Challenges Research Fund are key in supporting University work across a wide range of disciplines.

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Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University is connected to Malawi through its institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), a multi-disciplinary centre for research and postgraduate education, addressing contemporary health and development challenges in low and middle income countries.

In addition, QMU is in partnership with the Malawian NGO, STEKA, nd the QMU based Scottish charity STEKAskills. Through this QMU has successfully offered scholarships to two STEKA residents on 6 month filmmaking courses, a 4.5 year scholarship to a young resident currently studying a BA (Hons) in Public Sociology, and a further 100 students have benefited through the STEKA projects.

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University of the West of Scotland

In previous years, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) had projects in Malawi related to maternal health and professional up-skilling of medical staff. UWS colleagues have been involved in interdisciplinary funded research exploring the nutritional status of pregnant and postnatal women in villages in Malawi. Although currently, UWS does not have active projects in Malawi, the current chair of the SMP's Further and Higher Education Forum who is Malawian, works at UWS and is an active SMP members and also a members of the Malawian diaspora in Scotland.

For contact on Malawi related issues, please contact: Dr Yonah H. Matemba. Email:

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Scotland's Rural College

Alongside the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and Mzuzu University, Scotland's Rural College has worked on livestock development projects since 2008. During this time, the partnerships have facilitated multiply staff exchange visits, join supervisions of research projects, training sessions, and workshop events.

St Andrews

University of St Andrews

St Andrews has previously been in a collaborative project with the college of Medicine in Blantyre, to assist with a major review or its medical curriculum. The changes were successfully implemented in 2009 and St Andrews has since continued to work on other Malawian projects, as well as remaining an engaged member of the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

University of Stirling

University of Stirling

The University of Stirling, in close collaboration with colleagues in Malawi, is engaged in a range of applied health across a range of research to develop cultures, communities and society, improve global security and resilience and developing and evaluating approaches and interventions to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.

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University of Strathclyde

The Strathclyde Malawi Programme is a valuable illustration of the University's contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, spanning student activities, research ad impactful knowledge exchange.

Over 20 years, Strathclyde has established a secure and expanding network of partners in Malawi, spanning universities, local and national government agencies, businesses and third sector organisation.

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Open University in Scotland

The Open University has been involved in international education work in Malawi since 2008. This includes the Malawi Access To Teaching Scholarships (MATS) project (2012 - 2016), working to support over 900 marginalised young women from rural areas of Malawi through secondary education. As well as the 2017 co-project with Voluntary Services Overseas & Chancellor College, supporting teacher education in Malawi by facilitating of a MOOC for 180 teachers across Malawi.

The Open University is in the process of negotiating a contract for a new education programme in Malawi, beginning early 2020, which will continue OU's presence in country.

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Heriot-Watt University

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have built collaborative connections with a number of Malawian Universities and organisations, with a strong focus on water resources management and flood risk.

Many of out Malawian graduates return to senior academic positions in the higher education sector, and maintain strong links with staff. Malawian academics are valued research partners in developing proposals for funded research. There are a number of partnered funding proposals under considerations and details will be shared for those that are successful.

The Global Challenges Research Fund has also enabled the development of new collaborative partnerships, such as the link with the Malawi Congress of Trades Unions, to develop research on the rights of workers with disabilities.

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University of the Highlands & Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands is committed to supporting the work of the Scotland Malawi Partnership where possible - this includes, facilitating participation of our researchers in joint projects on areas of mutual interest, such as the impacts of pollutants poisons or toxicants on wildlife, the treatments of drinking water and antimicrobial resistance. We look forward to collaborating further in future. Key contact: Elizabeth McHugh: