The College of Medicine (CoM) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Melbourne of Australia, a development that authorities say will see the two institutions sharing academic staff and students.
The University of Melbourne is a public institution involved in research, learning and teaching and engagement.
According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2016-2017, the institution is ranked number one in Australia and number 33 in the world.
CoM Principal, Mwapatsa Mipando, said the pact will also strengthen the college’s governance systems.
He said, as the college seeks to become a stand-alone University following the delinking of some colleges of the University of Malawi, this is an opportunity for the institution to borrow a leaf from Melbourne, which has existed for over 130 years.
“We are very excited to sign the memorandum of understanding with Melbourne University. We are hoping that the agreement will live long. We also aim at repeating the good things that have been done by the university. By signing the pact with a vast college like this one, it means we, as an institution, are growing,” he said.
Deputy Dean in the Department of Paediastrics at the University of Melbourne, Glenn Bowes, said the institution is committed to global engagement.
“Our collaboration should be two-way; we are up to share culture and knowledge through research by both of us,” he said.
Research collaborations that CoM is undertaking include the $3 million Bill and Melinda Gates-funded clinical trial of the RV3- BB rotavirus vaccine in infants in Malawi, which is being done with Malawi Liverpool Wellcome trust and the University of Melbourne.
The University of Melbourne has trained many Malawian health professionals as part of the Australia Award scholarships scheme, the most recent being Andrew Likaka, who is, working in the Ministry of Health’s newly established Quality Assurance Directorate.
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