Tanzanian universities urged to strengthen collaboration

Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Riziki Pembe Juma read statement on behalf of President Shein. Photo: Tanzanian Media.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Universities in Tanzania have been urged to strengthen collaboration among themselves.

Zanzibar President, Ali Mohamed Shein, said universities should not be competitors but rather work as allies towards meeting their goals.

“We need professionals, but in areas of priority,” said President Shein in a statement read by the Minister of Education and Vocational Training Riziki Pembe Juma on his behalf.

Minister Juma was reading the statement of behalf of the President during the 18th graduation ceremony at the Abdulrahman Al-Sumait Memorial University (SUMAIT University) recently.

Dr Shein adviced the institutions to get together and agree on the type of programmes they are introducing in order to avoid duplication of programmes that ultimately saturate market demands.

“A well thought-out diversication of marketable programmes is important. We need more skilled teachers, engineers, medical doctors, ICT experts, visionary leaders and other professionals. Our universities must spearhead our efforts to groom all those needed professionals,” he added.

The President noted that one of the challenges that University graduates face was unemployment, and that lack of jobs for the youth poses a great challenge to the globe, particularly developing countries like Zanzibar.

He commended SUMAIT University for working with Direct Aid organisation to introduce a special programme that offers scholarships and interest-free loans for its students, as it is in line with the government’s plans to increase opportunities for students seeking higher learning.

“Our collective efforts will hugely improve the enrollment of new students in our Universities as well as eliminating the undesired postponement of studies due to lack of funds for fees,” he added.

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