The idea of establishing an Anglican university evolved from a surging felt need for quality higher education in Malawi, more especially in recent years. The Anglican Church, the first Christian establishment (1860) in the country, sees its work to include evangelism and mission, pastoral, education and training, community health care, youth skills development and orphan care. The government publicly acknowledges the work of the Church as of partners in national development.
The establishment of LAMAU under Article 4 of its constitution is a bold step by the Anglican Church to help contribute to the national development agenda, through skills development programs at the tertiary level and increase manpower supply in the Church and the nation as a whole.
At LAMAU we believe in the philosophy of “ubuthu,” that is, a community life. We recognize that ‘I am because we are, and we are because I am.’ Our everyday life starts with enhancing our relationship with the Lord through morning prayers and devotions. It is expected that every residential student attends prayers; failing to do so is a disciplinary issue. LAMAU takes education holistically recognizing that not only academic area needs development but spiritual life also.
The university has two existing campuses; the College for Christian Ministries (CCM) located at Lilongwe, runs Diploma and Degree courses in Commerce and Theology, and is affiliated to the University of Malawi. Soon it will have additional Degree courses in Education. The other campus is St Anne’s Nursing College (SANCO). The College campus is located at Nkhotakota.
Motto and Mission
The University’s motto is, “education for positive change.” Its vision is to be one of the leading institutions of higher education, nationally and internationally recognized for the transformation of lives of people and leadership through biblically based innovative, rigorous, and compassionate approach to education and the provision of quality services built on the fundamental biblical principles and values.
LAMAU’s mission is to advance knowledge, skills and leadership by delivering high quality education in Theology, Nursing & Midwifery, Commerce, Education and other programs, through teaching, research and outreach. LAMAU shall undertake consultancy contracts in order to advance professionalism and effectively contribute to national development. To fulfill this mission the university shall partner with interested partners and co-ordinate with regulatory bodies within and outside Malawi.
The University firmly holds that the Word of God defines our authority, promotion of fellowship and harmony is paramount to amicable living, professionalism in undertaking tasks is not an option but a must, adherence to corporate disclosure policy needs to be encouraged, integrity, equity and honesty are imperative virtues and commitment to excellence is our goal.