President of Malawi visits the University of Glasgow

His Excellency, Professor Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, visited the University of Glasgow in April 2018 as a guest of the Scottish Government. Welcomed by Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, President Mutharika and the First Lady, Professor Gertrude Mutharika, were joined by leading researchers from the University with longstanding links to Malawi.

Image of President of Malawi sitting with University of Glasgow colleagues

Professor Iain McInnes, Director of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation (III), talked about the Blantyre-Blantyre clinical lab facility at the College of Medicine in Malawi. Professor Paul Garside, also of III and recently appointed Dean of Global Engagement for the Middle East and Africa, talked about his work with colleagues in Malawi on immune systems research, while Professor Andy Waters, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology within III, discussed his research into malaria and other parasite-borne diseases.

Professor Jeremy Bagg, Head of the Glasgow Dental School, is working with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to support the College of Medicine in Malawi to establish a Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme and a national oral health policy for Malawi.

The College of Medicine in Malawi has been awarded £100,000 by the Scottish Government to support its transition to a fully independent University. Professor Simon Guild, Head of the School of Life Sciences, is supporting the College in terms of academic governance, ethics and oversight.

First published: 26 June 2018