| Dr Madalitso Tsakamwa Director | University of Malawi, The Malawi Polytechnic

Dr Madalitso Tsakamwa - Director

Served From May, 2018
Qualifications BSc , MSc, PhD (Ago-product Quality and Safety)

Madalitso Wilfred Tsakama is the acting quality assurance director at the University of Malawi—The Polytechnic. He has been in this position since May 2018. In this capacity, he is responsible for ensuring that all academic programs are up to standard, and that they are delivered with the efficiency and competence that is expected at the Polytechnic. 

Prior to ascending to this position, he worked as a technical officer—quality assurance for Universal Industries from 2001-2003. He joined the Polytechnic in 2003 as an associate lecturer. He became a lecturer in 2006, and he was still in this position when he was elected head of the Department of Physics and Biomedical Sciences in 2012, a position he held until 2013. From 2012 to 2018, prior to his appointment as acting quality assurance director, he taught various courses in the same department, now in his new rank as senior lecturer. 

Tsakama has a Diploma in Laboratory Technology from the University of Malawi—The Polytechnic, which he earned in 1998. He then earned a Bachelor of Environment Science from the same institution, followed by an MSc. in Food Science from the same institution. He earned a Ph.D in Agro-Product Quality and Safety from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in 2016, which was one of his proudest moments. While there, he also learned passable Chinese to complement his fluent English and Chichewa. Tsakama has attended various training exercises, including those in sanitary and phytosanitary risk analysis and environment social impact assessment in 2011, both in Pretoria, South Africa. Training in internal quality auditing (2004) and quality management (2006) was undertaken in Blantyre, Malawi. He considers his foremost proudest professional moment when he successfully led several Malawian food processing enterprises towards certification according to Malawi Standard (MS) 21, code of hygiene. In doing this, he disproved the notion that Malawians could not lead the certification process and only international experts could.

A married man, Tsakama has two children—a boy and a girl. His wife has a degree in agriculture and currently runs their family business. His daughter is in high school while his son is in primary school. On any given Sunday you will find them congregated with the brethren at the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP). He also spends his weekends playing football or watching volleyball, tennis or comedies. Also, don’t be surprised if you see him walking his two dogs—he loves dogs.