Curriculum Development in Malawi
St Andrews School of Medicine is collaborating with the College of Medicine at the University of Malawi on a number of projects, including updating its curriculum and significantly increasing the number of medical students in training.
As a result, the College of Medicine has implemented a new curriculum, which establishes the clinical context of basic medical science from the outset. At the same time, a new online curriculum management system (CMS) has been introduced, providing students with a personalised timetable and online access to all relevant teaching materials.
The relationship between the University of St Andrews and the Malawian College of Medicine is over twenty years old. The College was founded upon the basis of previous medical training at St Andrews and many of the graduates of Medicine and of Health Care Management now hold the highest clinical and governmental positions in Malawi.
The grant supporting this work also provided computer hardware and connected the College of Medicine’s intranet with broadband internet, enabling student access to the new CMS.
We also assisted the College of Medicine with the development of an electronic student record and reporting system, examination recording and the improvement of online library resources for both staff and students.
Thanks to the collaboration between the two medical schools, close contacts are developing between undergraduate students and staff at the College of Medicine and their counterparts at the St Andrews Medical School. We are planning further co-operation, such as the supervision of dissertations by Malawian students at the School of Medicine in St Andrews, as well as the establishment of an exchange programme for staff and students from St Andrews School of Medicine and the College of Medicine in Malawi.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Bute Medical School and the College of Medicine was signed in March 2008, which outlines a collaboration between the two institutions over curriculum reform, curriculum support through improved infrastructure and IT resources and research networking and support. This collaboration has been made possible following the award of a grant from the Scottish Government worth £252,000 over 30 months.