The Catholic University of Malawi (Cunima) demonstrates a firm commitment to transforming the educational landscape within the nation, as evidenced by the recent appointment made by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). The esteemed former academician of the University of Malawi (Unima), Associate Professor Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo, has been selected to assume the role of Vice Chancellor at Cunima.
A statement released by ECM today officially announces Kanyongolo’s appointment, effective as of March 5, 2024. With a distinguished tenure as the former Dean of the Faculty of Law and senior lecturer at Unima spanning over 23 years, Kanyongolo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new position.
Taking the reins from Reverend George Buleya, who retired last year, Kanyongolo steps into the role as the institution’s third Vice Chancellor. Buleya succeeded Professor Anacleate Phiri in May 2015, marking a significant transition in Cunima’s leadership hierarchy.
“Associate Prof Kanyongolo brings to Cunima vast experience in academia, an excellent record in national and international networking, resource mobilization, research, consultancy, community engagement and significant inclusive and transformative leadership skills,” reads the statement signed ECM president Father George Buleya.
Throughout her illustrious 23-year tenure at Unima, Kanyongolo served in various esteemed capacities, including as a member of the senate, dean of the Faculty of Law, department head, and patron of the students’ union. Additionally, she actively participated in numerous Unima committees and adeptly coordinated research and master’s programs.
Before transitioning to academia, Kanyongolo held the role of assistant registrar at Unima, where she diligently managed administrative affairs and represented the university council.
With a diverse portfolio of experiences, Associate Professor Kanyongolo has lent her expertise to several prominent boards, including recent appointments to the boards of Standard Bank, Airtel, and Old Mutual. Moreover, she has held esteemed positions as vice president and president of the Malawi Law Society (MLS) and the Women Lawyers Association, respectively.
Equipped with a multitude of qualifications, Kanyongolo boasts a Doctorate in Law from the University of Warwick (2007), a Master’s degree in Law from the University of London (1997), and a Bachelor’s degree in Law (Honours) from the University of Malawi (1991).
Commencing her career as a lecturer in law at Unima, Kanyongolo ascended to the esteemed rank of associate professor of law before her retirement in 2023.