Dr Davies Mweta

Davies Mweta is an Executive Dean for the Malawi Institute of Technology, the first of the four schools to be established at the Malawi University of Science and Technology. He joined the University in 2014 when it was opened and worked Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, 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 Research Centres under the School. He is responsible for the development, implementation and review of the University policies and academic programmes ensuring quality control and enhancements underline programme delivery.  He also manages and engages in 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 ensuring that research and innovation breakthroughs within the School are disseminated locally and internationally through seminars, workshops, conferences and publications; He is also involved in the marketing of schools academic programmes, research and innovation outputs and services of the School.

Davies 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. He also 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.

Davies Mweta has before 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. Besides lecturing, he also worked in positions of Head of Department, Dean of Science and Deputy Principal at the College.

Dr Mweta has been involved in the training and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate and is an active researcher.  He has authored and co-authored scientific papers in journals and presented research papers at national at international conferences. Dr Mweta received the African Union and Academy of Sciences for Developing Countries Young National Scientist Award (AU-TWAS) in 2011. His research interests are in the chemistry of starch and its industrial application, renewable energies (bioethanol production), phytochemical screening of Malawian medicinal plants and value addition in agro products.