Name : Dr Davies Mweta
Email : [email protected]
Position : Executive Dean of Malawi Institute of Technology
Dr Davies Mweta is the first Executive Dean for the Malawi Institute of Technology (MIT). The MIT was operationalised in 2014 as the first of the four schools to be established at the Malawi University of Science and Technology.
Dr Mweta joined MUST as a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at its opening and has worked as Head of Basic Sciences Department and Coordinator for postgraduate studies before becoming the first Executive Dean for the Malawi Institute of Technology in January of 2016.
As an Executive Dean, Dr Mweta is the principal academic and administrative officer of the School and works under the general direction of the Deputy/ Vice-Chancellor providing leadership to Heads of Academic Departments and the Research Centre under the School. He is responsible for the development, implementation and review of the academic programmes ensuring quality control and enhancements underline programme delivery.
He is also responsible for managing research and innovation projects and activities in collaboration with faculty within the School and the University and/or other research institutions locally, regionally and internationally.
Dr Mweta holds an Interdisciplinary PhD in Chemistry and Plant Sciences (2009) from the University of the Free State in South Africa where upon completion of the PhD work, he worked as Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Biochemistry Laboratory of the Plant Sciences department for one year. In addition, he holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Chemistry (2006) and a Bachelor Degree in Education majoring in Chemistry (1995) from the University of the Malawi, Chancellor College.
Before joining MUST, Dr Mweta worked as a secondary school science teacher in various Malawi secondary schools for five years (1995 to 2000), and as a Senior, Principal and Chief Lecturer for 14 years (2000-2014) at Domasi College of Education (DCE). Besides lecturing at DCE, he also worked in positions of Head of Department, Dean of Science and Acting Deputy Principal at the institution.
Dr Mweta has been involved in the training and supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students and is an active researcher; he has authored and co-authored scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and presented research papers at national and international conferences. In recognition of his scientific contributions, Dr Mweta received the African Union and Academy of Sciences for Developing Countries Young National Scientist Award (AU-TWAS) in 2011.