Research is critical to the UHB’s vision and mission. The University has an impressive track record in equipping development, youth and business leaders in Malawi and the SADC region. The University’s research culture, developed over many decades by internationally recognised scholars forms the foundation of Excellency in the institution. An emerging strategic focus is building research partnerships with external agencies, especially in the education, homeland security, diplomatic missions, youth and aged care sectors.
The Directorate of Research at UHB is responsible for the development of research culture at the University, oversight of undergraduate and postgraduate degree research projects and building research partnerships. The Directorate is a key department and the director in the University and exercises leadership in all matters involving research.
The department ensures that the University meets its strategic goals in research as articulated in the Vision and Strategic Plan. It is also a function of this office to: Develop a vibrant research culture throughout the University; Oversee the University’s higher degrees by research, including review of existing programs and development of proposed courses, training for supervisors, training in research methodology, and admission, progress, and examination of students; Develop and implement the annual research budget; Facilitate applications for external competitive research grants for the University: Facilitate the establishment of research partnerships with external agencies in thematic sectors of the university; Develop strategic and benchmarking relationships with the wider higher education research sector and Ensure the University meets its reporting obligations to all government, regulatory, and other external bodies in relation to research.
The departmental head reports to the Vice-Chancellor, works with the University Librarian to foster a research culture, build partnerships, and ensure effective management of research resources. The directorate works with the Director of Finance in development and monitoring of the annual research budget. The department also works with the Directorate of Quality Assurance to ensure timely and accurate reporting of research data. This office maintains channels of communication with relevant government agencies and with peers in the Malawian higher education sector.
Contacts for this Office
Director of Quality Assurance
University of Hebron
P.O Box 1376