Management Development Centre (MDC) is semi-autonomous arm of the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS).  The Centre was established in 1978 to offer solutions to challenges that managers and officers face in the private and public sectors. MDC is located at the centre of the city of Blantyre in the southern region of Malawi.

Since 1978, MDC was a semi-autonomous arm of the University of Malawi (UNIMA), under the Malawi Polytechnic (one of the constituent colleges of UNIMA) in the Faculty of Commerce. With the recent delinking of UNIMA, MDC now falls under School of Business and Economic Sciences (SoBES) of the newly constituted MUBAS, the former Malawi Polytechnic. MUBAS was established by an Act of Parliament number 19 of 2019.

Over the years, MDC has alongside research and consultancies, provided tuition in several accredited and internationally recognized programmes offered by the following institutions:  Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Supply (CILT), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CILT), Association of Business Executive (ABE), Institute of Bankers in Malawi (IOBM) among others.

Moving forward, under the strategic direction of MUBAS and SoBES, MDC is geared to carry out consultancies, research and outreach services, offer professional courses and training in response to current demands by both local and international clients in the private and public sector. 


Why the Centre Exists

The Centre’s vision, mission and core values are as follows:

The Vision

To be a leading centre in leadership and management programs, research and consultancies, in Malawi and beyond.

The Mission

To develop quality leaders and managers and respond to client needs through relevant training, research, consultancies and outreach programmes.

The Values

ü  Excellence

ü  Professionalism 

ü  Responsiveness

ü  Innovativeness

ü  Inclusiveness

The Goals

The main goal of MDC is to provide the private, public and not-for profit sectors with a forum to engage with professional consultants and inspirational practitioners on emerging and relevant issues.


Download the MDC Profile here

Staff Members

Dr Ella Kangaude

Centre Manager

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