President of Malawi visits the University of Glasgow

Issued: Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:55:00 BST

Professor Simon Guild, Head of the School of Life Sciences, was among representatives from the University of Glasgow to meet the President of the Republic of Malawi on Monday 23 April.

His Excellency, Professor Peter Mutharika, visited the University on the first day of his four-day visit to Scotland as the guest of the Scottish Government.

Welcomed at the Principal’s Lodgings, President Mutharika and the First Lady, Professor Gertrude Mutharika, were joined for lunch by Dr Alasdair Allen, Scottish Minister for International Development and Europe, and a number of representatives of the Malawi Government, the Scottish Government and the University.

Professor Jeremy Bagg, head of the Glasgow Dental School, is working through the University of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to support the College of Medicine in Malawi to establish a Batchelor of Dental Surgery programme and also to establish a national oral health policy for Malawi.

The College of Medicine has been given £100,000 by the Scottish Government to support its transition to a fully independent university. Professor Simon Guild is to support the College in terms of academic governance, ethics and oversight.

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli said: “We were absolutely delighted that the President of Malawi chose to come to the University of Glasgow to witness the way in which our world-changing research is having a real impact through our collaborations with Malawi. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Malawi and the Scottish Government.”