|The vision for the founding of Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology was to establish a university that would respond to development needs of Malawi and Africa, but also for a university that would be an heir to the culture and traditions of Africa. Research was conceived a major component of our vision. It is for this reason that Sindima Memorial Institute has opened with research centres in its five faculties.
Centre for Language Research
The faculty of humanities through the arts, languages, philosophy, and religion will conduct research to expand our understanding and experience of the world, but also to preserve institutions of culture and traditions. The Centre for Language Research is established to conduct investigations towards preserving African languages that are widely spoken by language and ethnic groups in Africa, but are not the lingua-franca, or official. The Centre for Language research will conduct research into the grammar, morphology, and syntax of languages widely spoken in homes, market places, and public conversations in given geographic locations. During the first years the Centre will engage in establishing the grammar of the following languages in Malawi: ChiLomwe/Chikhokhola, ChiYao, ChiNdali, Nyakusa/Ngonde, ChiSena, Ngoni, ChiTumbuka/Phoka, ChiTonga, Ndau, and Nyakusa. The Centre will publish books on grammar, idioms, and proverbs in those languages to preserve and promote the languages. The Centre will conduct research in all language groups in Malawi and produce grammar books to be published by Africa Academy Press, an imprint of Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology.
Centre for Research in Traditional Therapies
Our people have used herbal medicines for thousands of years, but the knowledge
of those remedies is being forgotten as more people consider them signs
of backwardness, or superstition. However, many people still use traditional
therapies and others turn to traditional medicine when hospitals have failed.
Working with the faculty of life sciences and the College of Pharmacy,
The Centre for Research in Traditional Therapies will conduct research
in traditional therapies to document in order to preserve our knowledge
in traditional medicine, but also to determine their pharmaceutical efficacy,
establish dosage, regimen, and their safety. The Centre will work with
traditional healers and others with knowledge in traditional herbal medicine.
The Centre for Research in Traditional Therapies will establish the active
chemicals in medicinal plants and to evaluate their curative effect on
individuals. The objectives of the Centre are to:
- To conduct surveys of traditional botanical medicinal plants and to establish
and maintain a comprehensive data base and a network system for addressing
- To preserve knowledge on indigenous traditional medicine and to preserve
the medicinal plants themselves by protecting their habitant, or by planting
them elsewhere with a similar geographical environment, or collecting their
seeds to protect them from extinction. The Centre will also collect and
store seeds to maintain a gene pool for future use.
- To promote production of plant-derived pharmaceuticals for medical and nutritional purposes.
- To disseminate knowledge of traditional medicine by publishing its findings in a handbook of traditional therapies for clinicians to complement Western medicine.
- To establish a forum, conduct workshops and seminars for Traditional healers,
medical practitioners, and scientists in life sciences.
Centre For The Performing And Visual Arts
Culture is a core value of Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology.
We seek to preserve culture in our academic programmes. So too, we strive
to preserve our artistic heritage rooted in the traditional cultures of
Malawi and Africa. We strive to preserve traditional art forms that express
the core values, beliefs, and ideals of our people passed on from generation
to generation. To this goal, Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology,
through the College of Fine Arts, has established the Centre for Performing
and Visual Arts that is charged to:
1. To conduct research, study, document and, or record cultural and traditional performances, dances, music, art, and designs.
2. To inspire students towards appreciation, interest in traditional performing and visual arts and production professional performance and, or recording of works of high artistic standards and excellence.
3 To plan, develop, and promote cultural and educational activities among the students and faculty staff and the general public through performances, radio, television, and digital format productions.
4. To build on our cultural traditions, to encourage and promote the creation, innovation, development and advancement of the performing and visual arts locally and nationally.
5. To establish and maintain traditional dance and theatre troupes to travel at home and abroad to showcase Malawian culture and traditions through musical performances, plays, dance, entertainment, or to display the performing and visual arts through the media of stage, theater and digital media.
6. To meet and expand on these objectives Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology has established Titamande Productions.
Centre for Environmental Research and Education
The main objective of the centre is to conduct environmental and ecological research with particular attention to the issues affecting sustainability in order to raise academic and public awareness. The Centre will develop awareness programmes to encompass post graduate, undergraduate and primary school levels, as well as the general public. The objective of the education programmes is to disseminate research finding by teaching data findings in the classroom and to ordinary citizens.
The Centre's research is both basic and applied carried out in the laboratories of soil ecology and biotechnology, and analytical chemistry, but also outdoors focusing on the vital fields of soil and water quality, vegetable, plant, and animal species, forest and marine life, the quality of nutrition and human health. The Centre is also to produce educational material, printed and electronic, as well as to organise specialised seminars for primary, secondary, and college educators.
The objectives of the Centre for Environmental and Ecological Research Education are set as follows:
- To collect, identify, and analyse data on terrestrial and marine biodiversity for preservation of endemic species in Malawi and the region.
- Assess and develop management of the long-term impact of human disturbances of the goods and services provided by various land and marine life ecosystems.
- Establish a network of primary and secondary schools environmental and
ecological clubs for data collection of the various terrestrial and marine
ecosystems to build an online database for current studies and reference
and for future research.
- To develop teaching materials for environmental and ecological curriculum
for primary school (Standards 1-8) and secondary education.
- To distill data and research information for public awareness of the environmental
and ecological issues, and the long-term impact of human activities upon
terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
- To develop a nationwide and regional-scale ecology course module to be team-taught by science lecturers and professors educators across Malawi and the region using data from the Centre as a centerpiece.
- To design collaborative research projects to arouse student interest in
environmental and ecological studies and research so as to maximise student
engagement in authentic science while maintaining a goal of generating
publication quality, transformative data. Research projects to be published
by the Centre's Environmental Journal, an Africa Academy Press Journal
Centre for Malaria and Infectious Disease Control
Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology will establish the Centre
for Malaria and Infectious Disease Control to inherit the malaria eradication
project of Blantyre North Relief Project, the parent organisation of the
university. The Centre for Malaria and Infectious Disease Control will
focus on research on ways to eradicate common infectious diseases including
those not given much attention yet claiming many lives of children and
adults. The Centre will engage in research on:
- Developing methods for detecting infectious diseases and comprehensive surveillance systems and sensitive response mechanisms essential to monitor progress, detect epidemics and programme deficiencies, and how to take remedial action.
- Developing clear epidemiological assessment and mapping system for surveillance for monitoring the effectiveness of interventions in reducing and interrupting transmission; and criteria for certification of elimination of infection.
- Carrying out vector competence studies on existing, or emerging infectious
- Developing methods for testing assays for emerging infectious diseases.
- Conducting detection and surveillance training for infectious disease control
practitioners, physicians, medical examiners, laboratory technicians, nurses,