The UNICAF University aspires to be a leading contributor to excellence in education and research.
To help students become educated individuals, achieve their academic and professional goals and assume responsible roles in a changing world of European cooperation and global interdependence; to promote research and the generation of knowledge; to be of service to society through the dissemination and application of knowledge, as well as through innovative partnerships with business and civic society institutions.
Statement of Values
To foster within the University community the values of personal and academic integrity; the liberty to question and to pursue knowledge; of respect for the laws of the Republic of Malawi, the European Union and the University; democratic governance and management of the institution; respect for persons; professionalism and diligence; ethical behaviour; civic responsibility; multi-cultural awareness; tolerance; sustainability of resources; entrepreneurship and innovation; personalised attention and student focus.
- The promotion of science, knowledge, learning and education, through teaching and research for the benefit of society;
- The cultivation, transmission, application and inter-disciplinary exchange of knowledge, and
- The provision of high quality undergraduate and graduate education that is internationally recognised, and of other programmes of study, which are of an international standard.
The University gives top priority to providing students with academic and professional skills such as:
(a) to become educated individuals and develop critical skills and communication abilities, achieved through liberal arts and general electives. Evidence for this is their work while at University, including critical essays, assignments, individual and group projects, presentations internships, educational trips etc; plus the various distinctions/prizes, awards earned by our students through their participation in numerous conferences, community activities, and so on; and
(b) to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for their profession, instilled through specialised courses which the relevant professions require before graduates can practice. Evidence of this being achieved is the approval of our programmes by various professional bodies in Malawi. With these academic and professional skills, UNICAF University graduates are able to succeed both at a regional level as well at a global level.
Focus on Research
Another important priority is research and the generation of knowledge especially in an applied manner and of benefit to the economy and society. Realising that it does not have the resources to be a top research university, UNICAF University emphasises the generation of knowledge which is primarily focused on Malawi and the region and is more applied in nature.
Contribution to Society
The third priority is service to society and innovative partnerships with other institutions. This is illustrated by the partnership with the University of South Wales and Marymount California University to provide scholarships towards globally recognised degrees.