Malawi Higher Education Initiative


Auburn University has a long history of partnerships with Malawi through the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture and College of Agriculture, the Masamu Advanced Study Institutes and Workshops in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, study abroad programs in the College of Education and School of Nursing, and numerous faculty and staff exchanges. Auburn has since signed a memorandum of understanding with 100X Development Foundation and the four primary Malawi public universities, namely Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Mzuzu University, and University of Malawi to strengthen collaboration among the five academic institutions by developing joint programs and activities.

Malawi is currently committed to increasing the number of students in higher education though face-to-face, e-learning, and other coursework delivery modes, especially among women and girls, and Auburn University is actively supporting this effort in partnership with 100X Development Foundation.

To read a recent article on the initiative featured in Auburn University's COSAM News, click here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Andrew Gillespie at or Dr. Overtoun Jenda at

Auburn University Malawi Team Members:

Mr. Douglas Coutts, Distinguished Visiting Professor and Diplomat in Residence, Office of International Programs

Dr. Andrew Gillespie, Assistant Provost for International Programs

Mr. John Helms, Director of Telecommunications, Information Technology

Dr. Overtoun Jenda, Assistant Provost for Special Projects & Initiatives and Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Scott Kramer, Atlanta Alumni Endowed Professor, McWhorter School of Building Science

Mr. Rusty Presley, Specialist VI, Information Technology, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Dr. James Witte, Professor of Adult Education, Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology