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Professor Address Malata is the first Vice-Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, and the first female to hold such a high position in Malawi. She is also Vice President of International Confederation of Midwives.
Professor Malata joined MUST, initially as Deputy Vice Chancellor in early 2016 and was later appointed to the new post in mid 2016. A trained nurse and midwife and career academic, she was Principal of Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) under the University of Malawi between 2008 and February 2016. She holds a BSc in Nursing from University of Malawi, and MSc and PhD from Edith Cowan University in Australia.
While at KCN she spearheaded the development and implementation of six Masters programmes and three PhD programmes as well as diversification of undergraduate programmes and upgrading BSc programmes from six in 2008 to 19 in 2015. Furthermore, she promoted faculty capacity building, increasing the number of Kamuzu College of Nursing faculty with PhDs from five to 30 during her time of leadership.
Professor Malata has been actively involved in resource mobilization which saw Kamuzu College of Nursing students receive scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate training, as well as infrastructure development at Lilongwe campus and new Blantyre campus at Kameza.
Kamuzu College of Nursing was designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Interprofessional Education and Practice, one of only 43 WHO Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers in the world. She spearheaded the process and held the position of Director for the Centre.
She is past president of Africa Honour Society of Nursing of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and is also a Virginia Henderson Fellow of STTI, and an Adjunct Professor for Michigan State University. She received a Doctor Honaris Cuasa by University of Oslo in Norway, and an Award of Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery by the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi. Professor Malata has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 2014 and was awarded a Medal of Distinction by the University of Malawi for being one of the first female professors. She received a Customer Focused Executive of the Year Award by the Chartered Institute of Customer Management.
Professor Malata has been Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator for research projects focusing on Sexual and Reproductive Health and has published in numerous International Peer Reviewed Journals. She serves on various Boards such as World Vision, Action Aid, MaiKhanda, Parental and Child Health Initiative (PACHI), UNC Project, African Enterprise, MASM Medi Clinics, MLW Malawi Scientific Board and Seed Global Health Limited, among others.
She sits on various Editorial Boards as an Editor. These include International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing and Evidence Based Midwifery Practice Journal.