The University of Livingstonia Foundation is a 501c (3) charitable organization, registered in the State of Maryland and governed by a group of professionals dedicated to raising funds and other resources for the University of Livingstonia, a church related higher education institution located in Malawi, Africa.
The University of Livingstonia Foundation was established to support the University of Livingstonia, Malawi, to educate and prepare future professionals and leaders that will help Malawi overcome the educational, economic, and social challenges it faces today. The Foundation partners with the University’s efforts to become a first-class University geared to meeting the educational needs of Malawi and its neighboring countries.
A Brief History of the University of Livingstonia
When. Dr. David Livingstone, renowned Scottish missionary and physician, died in 1873 the Presbyterian Church in Scotland sent Dr. Robert Laws, also a missionary, physician and educator, to what is now Malawi, Africa to establish an educational center ( Livingstonia Institution ) in honor of Dr. Livingston. Despite many challenges Dr. Laws was able to establish small educational centers in various locations and eventually settled on a permanent site for a Livingstonia Institution on the Khondowe Plateau overlooking Lake Malawi. Dr. Laws dedicated 52 years of his life to help Malawians receive a basic education and create a better life for themselves. However, his goals also included ways to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and values necessary to provide future leaders for Malawi. When Dr. Laws left Africa in 1927, those who followed were not as committed as he to the idea of providing higher education so including that level of training was put on hold. Nevertheless, Dr. Laws’ dream for the higher education of Malawians was not forgotten. Thanks to the efforts and persistence of enlightened Malawian leaders and the assistance of volunteer educators from the U.S., the University of Livingstonia opened its doors on August 27, 2003. The University of Livingstonia Foundation held its organizational meeting on December 15, 2003.
The University now consists of three campuses;