Located in south-eastern Africa, Malawi gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and has since been a haven of stability that has transformed itself from a small British colony into a regional powerhouse. Long viewed as proof that a small, heavily populated and mineral-poor, developing country can still achieve significant progress, Malawi has also taken significant steps in improving its human rights record, in the last few years.
The country is located along the western shore of Lake Malawi, which is the world’s ninth largest lake, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Part of the Lake Malawi National Park, the lake has shaped the region since the dawn of civilisation with its rich flora and fauna, aquatic and terrestrial.
Although Malawi’s economy remains heavily dependent on agriculture, (mostly tobacco, tea and sugar cane), in recent times there has been a trend towards urbanisation, as more job opportunities in the industrial and services sectors become available, mainly in Blantyre and also Lilongwe cities. The GDP growth of the economy is steadily around 5% annually and poverty is on a steep downward trend. There has also been an increase in tourism in recent years, with the country aiming to establish itself as an ecotourism hub in the region.
While Lilongwe is Malawi’s cultural and administrative capital, Malawi’s second city, Blantyre, is the centre of finance and commerce. Lilongwe has grown from a small town into a planned urban centre, with wide boulevards and large plots, to become the nation’s capital in 1975. Besides a wide variety of restaurants, shopping malls and sports venues, the city also offers a number of music and cultural festivals throughout the year.
Large parts of Malawi are reserved to some of Africa’s most unique and picture perfect national parks, such as the Nyika National Park, the Kasungu National Park or the Lengwe National Park, famous for the its herds of nyala antelope. The national parks and nature reserves, together with Lake Malawi, are the drivers behind Malawi’s tourism growth.
The Unicaf University Malawi Campus provides quality tertiary education, with its undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to internationally recognised degrees. With its quality academic teaching by high calibre professors, vibrant student community and bustling campus, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular universities in Africa. The University’s International Office is always ready to assist and provide information about the courses on offer, campus life, accommodation, transportation and, most importantly, about scholarships provided through UNICAF. For all this and more, please visit www.unicafuniversity.com