The Al-Maktoum Institute is a research-led institution of higher education which offers postgraduate programmes of study of Islam and Muslims. It is an independent institution, with its degree programmes validated by the University of Aberdeen. It aims to be a centre of excellence, promoting intelligent debate and understanding of Islam and the role of Muslims in the contemporary world. ,,The Al-Maktoum Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chancellor College, University of Malawi, which sets the basis for academic cooperation and collaboration as a mutual partnership for developing better understanding in the field of the study of Islam and Muslims and multiculturalism. The Al-Maktoum Institute has also established scholarships for students who are graduates of Chancellor College to study at the Institute in Dundee, on the one year MLitt masters programmes. Two students from Malawi one a Presbyterian minister and another from a Muslim background, are studying at the Al-Maktoum Institute in 2009-10.