The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has announced the appointment of the third Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA), Associate Professor Ngeyi Kanyongolo.
In a statement released on Friday evening this week that has been signed by the President of ECM, Most Reverend George Desmond Tambala Kanyongolo’s appointment is with effect from Tuesday, March 5, 2024.
“Associate Prof. Kanyongolo brings to CUNIMA vast experience in academia, an excellent record in national and international networking, resource mobilisation, research, consultancy, community engagement, and significant inclusive and transformative leadership skills.” Reads part of the statement.
The statement further adds that Kanyongolo’s vision is fully aligned with Catholic University’s vision, mission, and strategic objectives.
“We strongly believe we have appointed the most suitable person to lead CUNIMA at this critical stage in its drive to expand and consolidate its efforts to provide quality holistic education to the nation and beyond,” further reads the statement.
Associate Professor Kanyongolo becomes the first female vice chancellor of the Catholic University. She holds a number of qualifications, including a PhD in Law from the University of Warwich (2007), a Master’s degree in Law from the University of London (1997), and a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) from the University of Malawi (1991).
She has worked with non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, and several government ministries, just to name a few. She has also served on a number of boards, including most recently the boards of Standard Bank, Airtel, and Old Mutual.
The Catholic University of Malawi was established in 2006 with Prof. Anaclete Phiri as the first vice chancellor. Prof. Phiri stepped down in 2015 after completing his tenure, and the conference appointed Rev. Fr. Dr. George Buleya to the office until 2023.