UNESCO-COL Chair in Open and Distance Learning (733), established in 2006 at Mzuzu University, Mzuzu (Malawi).


Open and distance learning.


The purpose of the Chair shall be:

  • to establish links with relevant institutions hence increase effectiveness through sharing of experiences;
  • to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in open and  distance learning;
  • to build capacity to improve quality and coverage of higher education through the use of distance learning: harmonize education among different social, ethnic, religious and other groups in order to develop tolerance and mutual understanding among them, and provide opportunities to access to higher level of education and increasing access in private and public institutions for higher learning
  • The Chair will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff and other institutions in other regions of the world.

Host Institution


UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network



Dr Fred Gennings Wanyavinkhumbo Msiska

Director of Centre for Open and Distance Learning
Mzuzu University
E-mail: fredmsiska(at); fredmsiska(at) 

Phone: +265 (0) 1930 794
Fax: +265 (0) 1320 505/692
Cell: +265 (0) 888 838 643 or 999 936 002
Private Bag 201
Mzuzu 2