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Whipped colleges get Nche’s approval

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Some colleges that failed to satisfy the conditions that the National Council for Higher Education (Nche) set for them to be accredited have been considered and approved after the submission of their improvement plans.

According to a press statement released on Monday, the council has approved the Catholic University of Malawi, DMI St. John the Baptist University, Exploits University and Skyway University among others.

Skyway University has been advised to identify suitable premises for its Mzuzu campus as it is operating in a building that is in a state of disrepair.

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The Catholic University of Malawi and DMI University were accredited with conditions in October, 2016 whereas Exploits University and Skyway University were not accredited.

“The Council approved the improvement plan of African Bible College (ABC) subject to further refinements which have been communicated to the college. The council approved the revised improvement plan of Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA). No verification shall be conducted before re-assessment visit that will be scheduled as soon as MCA is ready,” the statement reads.

The council has also granted provisional registration to two colleges, namely Islamic Online University and Unicaf University.

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“The council granted provisional registration to Islamic Online University which is valid for one year subject to conditions specified in the Nche Act. Unicaf University shall be assessed for accreditation in the coming year,” the statement said.

Zomba Theological College has been granted provisional registration with a condition of not admitting new students other than those admitted to programmes under the affiliation with the University of Malawi.

The council, however, has deferred the consideration of the assessment of new programmes at Malawi Institute of Management.

In November last year, Nche whipped six well-known institutions in the country for failing to satisfy the conditions.

The six institutions that were not accredited then include ABC, Africa University of Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development, Blantyre International University, Exploits University, Skyway University and MCA’s degree programmes.

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