31 August 2021

Educating Ethical Citizens is a Priority for Universities

Africa needs a new type of citizen, a dedicated, modest, honest and informed man [citizen]. A man [citizen] who submerges himself in service to the nation and mankind [humankind]. Read more

Higher Technical Education Project Formulation Completed in 6 African Countries

Six validation workshops were organized from 1-15 July 2021 in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda, to validate the country-specific formulation report of the China Funds-in-Trust Project Phase III: Higher Technical Education in Africa for a Technical and Innovative Workforce (CFIT III). Read more

TCU Close First Admission Window for Academic Year 2021/22

Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has completed the enrollment of undergraduate students in tertiary institutions after the first phase of the 2021/2022 academic year application which saw a total of 92,809 apply. Read more

There is an Urgent Need to Redefine the Future of Education

Education experts and business leaders explored the theme of Redefining the future of education at the 7th annual Future of Education Summit held by CNBC Africa in partnership with Forbes Africa. Read more

Universities Support Insect-Based Food and Feed Systems

Universities are contributing to the up scaling of insect-based food and feed systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, which have economic, environmental and social benefits that could support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

We Strategize to Educate Innovative People

The government said it is well organized to educate people to Masters and PhD levels so that they could effectively engage in research and innovations in various fields for the country to address challenges in the society. Read more

Why Varsities Have Banned ‘Notes Business’ by Lecturers

In November 2020, Success published an article titled the multi-million book syndicate in local universities, bringing to light the practice by some lecturers of milking students dry by forcibly selling them handouts. Read more


31 July 2021

Health Experts Trained to Enhance Capacity in Research 

The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in collaboration with Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) have provided training to health professionals from the East African region… Read more 

Political will Needed to Create the Ideal Post-Pandemic University

Digital infrastructure and connectivity, capacity-building for academic staff and students to use digital learning tools, quality assurance in the online study environment and stronger leadership from governments to bring about these changes are some of the measures that are required to create the post-pandemic African university. Read more

Study Shows Geography is Key Driver to University Access

Ethnicity seems to be making way for geographic location as a primary indicator of unequal access to university education in Sub-Saharan Africa, a recent study suggests. Read more

Millions Injected into Tanzanian Student Loan Scheme

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has used her presidential powers to add TZS70 billion (US$30 million) to a higher education loan scheme to benefit 11,000 students who qualified for it last year, but then missed out. Read more

Tanzania Still Falls Short of High Skilled Labour

Tanzania still falls short of recommended high and medium skilled human resource to steer its industrialisation agenda, it has been revealed. Read more

Ten Overseas Universities Looking for Joint Ventures

Ten representatives from overseas universities are in the country to look for joint ventures with local universities on the provision of education in different professions. Read more

Varsity to Represent Kenya in Dar Trade Fair

Mount Kenya University (MKU) with its headquarters in Thika, Kiambu County is set to represent Kenyan Universities at this year’s Dar –es- Salaam trade fair. Read more

World Bank Project Set to Boost Tanzanian Higher Education

The World Bank has allocated US$425 million to support the expansion of higher education in Tanzania. The country has seen a decrease in enrolments in recent years but the annual demand for university education is expected to rise to more than half a million students by 2030. Read more


30 June 2021

4IR: Is Your University Helping You Prepare for the Future?

Instead of being the objects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), let us become full participants in charge of this revolution. Read more

Medical Graduates ‘Lack Knowledge on Antibiotics’

Most medical graduates from various universities in East Africa have very little practical knowledge on the use of antibiotics in clinical scenarios and other hospital settings, a new study shows, and suggests that the situation might be widespread in the region. Read more

OUT Organises Mwanza Lake Zone Summit to Promote Tourism 

The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) in collaboration with Mwanza-based Tamaduni Entertainment and Production has organised the Mwanza Lake zone summit for youths in the area of tourism with the view to promote the sector in the country. Read more

TSC Proposes Scrapping of Bachelor of Education Degree from Universities

Two weeks after the Teachers Service Commision (TSC) announced new measures to register teachers through a Biometric system, the Teachers’ employer is at it again. Read more

Varsities Hail Govt for Additional Heslb Funding

Higher learning institutions have welcomed the government’s decision to inject an additional 70bn/- to the Students Loans Board for the fiscal year 2021/2022. Read more

WB Reaffirms Education Sector Support

The Executive Director of the World Bank’s Africa Group One Constituency, Dr Taufila Nyamadzabo said here yesterday that the WB will ensure the quality of education is attained in Tanzania. Read more

WHO, Zanzibar Partnership Vital for Improving Health Sector

Dr Mwinyi said the health sector in the country has to provide better services to the people, asking WHO to maintain its support to Zanzibar, including training local doctors. Read more


31 May 2021

Addressing Equity and Resilience in the Wake of COVID-19

Last year, roughly 222 million students were enrolled in formal post-secondary education around the world, more than doubling the 100 million student enrolment figure from 2000. Read more

Govt Uplifts Covid-19 Traditional Medicines 

Tanzania will continue to embrace traditional remedies in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic with over 20 medical applications approved for use and more being researched upon. Read more

Joy as Government Abolishes Charges on Higher Education Loan

Higher education students now have a reason to smile after the government decided to scrap some of the nuisance charges on their education loans. Read more

Lack of Quality Assurance Affects Employment Opportunities

“We found out that some universities have not conducted a review of quality control to adapt them to dynamic new teaching trends and have no reports on quality assurance. Others had no policies, regulations or programme-work in quality control,”… Read more

NIT, Ethiopian College Sign MOU for Exchange Programme

The five-year project funded by the World Bank and implemented inTanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya is set to increase access and improve the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes…Read more

NIT Inks Deal with Ethiopian’s Dire Dawa Polytechnic for Academic Exch

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, NIT Rector Professor Zacharia Mganilwa said the two institutions are working under the support of East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP). Read more

PM Calls for Industrial-Driven Research Works

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called upon researchers and innovators across all sectors to embark on research and innovation of emerging technologies, which can boost industrial growth and people’s livelihood. Read more


30 April 2021

Hackathons Part of Plan to Train One Million Data Scientists

An inter-university hackathon in which 1,150 students from 126 universities based in 21 countries participated to solve three real-world machine learning challenges is part of a plan to train one million data scientists in Africa… Read more

HESLB Floors Former Student in Court Over Deduction

The High Court, Bukoba District Registry, has dismissed the suit lodged by former Open University of Tanzania Student, Aloys Thomas, challenging, among other things, deduction from his salary the loan he was funded by the Higher Education Student’s Loans Board (HESLB). Read more

Higher Learning Students Eulogise Magufuli

The Students’ Organisation at the University of Dodoma has said higher learning students will remember the late Dr John Magufuli for his great efforts in improving tertiary education.. Read more

Magufuli Used Loan System to Open Tertiary Access

Among the late Tanzanian president Dr John Pombe Magufuli’s political successes was the overhaul of the higher education sector in Tanzania, which meant more funds for student loans and greater access to tertiary education. Read more

School of Business Concludes Training of Trainers in Entrepreneurship…

The School of Business on Friday 16th April 2021 successfully concluded the ARUA EIMEC training of trainers in entrepreneurship and Innovation program.  The 12 day training brought about participants from universities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Nigeria. Read more


31 March 2021

Changes in Student Loans Rates by HESLB Shocking

The reduction in these fee payments has led some students to find themselves owing TIA Sh200,000, Sh400,000 and more while they had a few days left to take the university examinations. Read more

JPM’s Transformation Agenda in Higher Education Financing

Paschal Laurent Yohana, a science teacher graduate from Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE), had hoped one day to meet and thank the man, who he believes made his dream a reality. Read more

PBL Skills for University Academic Faculty Across Sub-Saharan Africa

A new generation of skilled and entrepreneurial graduates becomes reality through reforming the curricula from subject-based to competence-based. Read more


28 February 2021

Development of a Videography for the UN Joint Programme on Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women Through Education in Tanzania

UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MOEST), UNFPA, UN Women, other government, and non-government institutions, have supported the Tanzanian government to enhance national and local capacity for creating enabling learning environment for girls. Read more

Education to Blame for Lack of Jobs Among Graduates

Some of the MPs put blame on the current education system which, they said, focuses more on preparing graduates to be employed instead of self-employment. Read more

Factors Behind Study Loan Percentages

The Higher Education Students Loans Board (Heslb) has explained factors behind differences in percentage of loans disbursed to beneficiaries. Read more

karaAgro AI & Partners Secure Funding for Machine Learning Project for Crop Diseases

The consortium partners include the Makarere University (Uganda), the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (Tanzania) and Namibia University of Science and Technology – NUST (Namibia). Read more

Stanbic Touts STEM for Girls to Pave Way for Industrialization

According to UNESCO women in Tanzania represent around 40% of university enrolment but only about 24% take courses in science, engineering and technology… Read more

Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission Develops Nuclear Technology Policy

There is a strong interest by Tanzania towards nuclear technology as seen by the country’s efforts to raise the level of technical education.This was an observation by Dr Masamba Kah, coordinator of a nuclear education project in Africa under the Russian University… Read more


31 January 2021

Digital Tool Set to Enhance Students’ Chances for Jobs

A new tool aimed at highlighting the range of skills acquired by students in African universities during their studies that could be shared with employers has been piloted in three East African higher learning institutions. Read more

Youths Urged to Promote Tourism, Cultural Heritage Attractions 

Youth in the country have been urged to recognize and cherish Tanzania’s cultural heritage and cultivate a sense of patriotism, which is an important element to social and economic development. Read more

Mwinyi Orders Reforms in Education System

Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Mwinyi on Wednesday ordered sweeping reforms in the education system to improve the quality of training and generate competent professionals for the envisaged blue economy. Read more


31 December 2020

Govt Commended for Supporting Mocu 

The leadership of Moshi Cooperative University (MoCU) has commended the government for supporting and enabling it continue enrolling more students every year. Read more

Govt Stresses Researches on Alternative Medicines 

The National Medical Research Institute (NIMR) has been urged to cooperate with other institutions in the country in conducting research on traditional medicines in order to come up with products useful to the nation. Read more

Kikwete Calls on UDSM to Address Joblessness Among Graduates 

Retired President Jakaya Kikwete called upon the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) at the weekend to find answers to the joblessness of graduates as he launched an empowerment project. Read more

Opening Speech for COTUL Pre AGM Workshop…

Access and retrieval of information in the digital environment have become vital in enhancing the quality of learning, teaching and conducting research in our institutions. Read more

Udom Remembers Mkapa in Grand Style

The University of Dodoma (UDOM) is setting up a special scholarship scheme in memory of its first chancellor, the late former President Benjamin Mkapa, Prof Faustine Karrani Bee… Read more

UDSM Inaugurates Sh57m ICT Facility for Free Services

Students and staff of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) will benefit from a new digital facility aimed at facilitating the university community with accessible internet and computers. Read more


30 November 2020

HESLB Releases Names of 47,305 First Year Beneficiaries

Higher Education Students’ Loan Board (HESLB) has released a list of the first batch of 47,305 first year students, who qualified for loans for the 2020/2021 academic year expected to start next week. Read more


30 September 2020

Geita, UDSM Sign Pact to Manufacturing Electric Vehicles

The first joint partnership project in the country and probably East Africa, will be implemented by Geita Town Council and UDSM’s College of Engineering and Technology (CoET). Read more

Govt Challenges Universities to be Creative, Produce Skilled Graduates

The government has challenged higher learning institutions in the country to be creative, invest in research and new curriculums so as to produce competent graduates who will be able to contribute more and bring changes in the country’s economy. Read more

IAA to Empower Students with Entrepreneurial Skills

The institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA) has established a new entrepreneurship programme to enable students employ themselves after completing their studies. Read more

Shein 100 Awards Scholarship to Form Vi Best Students

Zanzibar yesterday celebrated the 56th anniversary of ‘free education’ with President Ali Mohamed Shein and announced 100 scholarships to the 2020 best Form Six students. Read more

UDSM, Empower for Investment Development

The University of Dar es Salaam and Empower Limited yesterday signed an official partnership aligned to the Tanzania economic transformation agenda and investment in human development. Read more

Universities Challenged to Produce Top Quality Experts

Higher learning institutions in the country have been challenged to produce top quality experts to serve in all productive sectors to enable Tanzania maintain its economic stability. Read more


30 August 2020

70 Plus Varsities Exhibitions Set to Open Up Youth Career Guidance

Global Education Link (GEL) is expected to expose different available opportunities to Tanzanian youth who have completed university studies during the coming universities exhibitions scheduled for the end of this month. Read more

Muhas Laboratory Secures Iso Endorsement 

Tanzania has registered yet another milestone after the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) pharmaceutical research and development laboratory became the first in Africa to attain ISO accreditation… Read more

TCU Opens Window for Form 6 Leavers to Apply 

Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has opened its first window of application for university studies calling on Form Six leavers… Read more 

Family Farming in Africa and the Role of Universities and Research Institutions

In sub-Saharan Africa, family farming is a major component of the agriculture sector, providing livelihoods for over 70 per cent of the population. Read more


31 July 2020

All Tanzania Schools Reopen Amid Strict Virus Protocols

Schools in Tanzania reopened after three months of closure due to the coronavirus. All other levels of schools are now open again, following the earlier reopening of universities and certain high schools… Read more

Government Commits to Upgrade Malya College

THE government said it remains committed to upgrade Malya College of Sports Development (MCSD), to make it produce many qualified sport experts. Read more


31 May 2020

COVID-19: Tanzania to Reopen Universities from June 1

Tanzania’s president on Thursday announced reopening of universities from next month, thus moving towards normalization and easing restrictions imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus. Read more

Opening of the University

Students of the University of Dar es Salaam at all campuses are hereby informed that the University will re-open and classes will officially start on 1st June 2020. Read more

Tanzania Prepares to Reopen Universities

Tanzania will reopen universities and other institutions of higher learning starting on 1 June, the clearest indication that the East African nation of about 60 million people is easing the country’s comparatively mild restrictions imposed to contain the widespread outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more


30 April 2020

5 Ways to Develop Cultural Competence in Preparation for a Career in Medicine

Cultural competence has become a common buzzword among aspiring physicians. More medical schools are emphasizing cultural competence in their curricula and med school applicants often cite cultural competence as a skill they possess. Read more

Center for Social Impact Receives Grant for Partner School in Tanzania

Fairfield University’s Center for Social Impact has received a $54,000 grant from the Switzerland-based Benina Foundation to enable its partner Jesuit school, Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to install solar panels. Read more

Professors on the Frontline – Using Science to Fight COVID-19

Professor Rhoda Wanyenze was stepping out her office at Uganda’s Makerere University in March when a news item on the television caught her attention. Read more

Relief as 250m/ – Set Aside for Students with Special Needs

According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology this is an increase from 200m/- paid to four institutions-University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), University of Dodoma (Udom), Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE) and Moshi Cooperative University (MoCU). Read more

Using WhatsApp to Enhance Online Learning

As schools and universities in 165 countries remain closed, affecting more than 1.52 billion children, youth and nearly 60.2 million teachers, it is imperative to look at how digital technologies can be used to ensure that school or university teaching and learning processes go ahead in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic…Read more


31 March 2020

e-Learning – Time for a Paradigm Shift

In Tanzania 12 cases of COVID-19 infection had been confirmed as government temporarily suspended academic activities at schools and universities across the country as a way to curb the spread. Read more

Universities Body Tightens up on Honorary Degree Awards

The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has moved to regulate all honorary degrees conferred on its citizens by local and foreign universities, saying that such honours must be in line with the country’s Universities Act. Read more


28 February 2020

COVID-19 – Kenya, Ghana and South Africa Students Stay Put

While nations around the world, including Algeria and some of its North African neighbours, have moved to evacuate their citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, students from other African regions remain trapped in universities with no immediate evacuation plans. Read more

New Guidelines Aim to Ensure Quality of Distance Learning

Institutions offering open and distance learning in Tanzania are expected to adhere to a new set of rules mapped out in the latest edition of the Handbook for Standards and Guidelines for University Education in Tanzania. Read more


31 January 2020

Higher Education PS Urges ISAB Find Alternative Sources of ACEs Funding

Ministry of Higher Education Permanent Secretary, Mrs Kayula Siame,  has called upon the International Scientific Advisory Board to assist the Africa Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals (ACEIDHA)… Read more

New Rules Mean Postgraduates Must Publish Before Graduating

All postgraduate students pursuing either masters or doctoral degrees in Tanzanian universities are now required to publish papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals before graduating, according to new standards and guidelines for university education released this month by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). Read more

Nine Universities Deregistered Over Academic Standards

The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) last Tuesday announced the deregistration of nine universities for failing to take corrective measures aimed at improving the standard of education on their campuses. Read more

Transforming Core Skills in University Curricula

There can be a disconnect between how students are taught in universities and the skills they will need in the workplace and in wider roles in society. Read more

What Tanzanian Students Say About Studying in China

Over the past three decades, China has turned into a major study-abroad hotspot for thousands of African students. In 2018 it hosted over 60,000 African students, making it the second most popular destination for African students abroad, after France. Read more


30 November 2019

Establish Gender Desks At Varsities – Minister

Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu has directed the management of all higher learning institutions in the country to establish gender desks with a view to curbing sexual violence at campuses. Read more

Heslb Determined to Finance Own Budget

HIGHER Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) is working hard to finance its budget entirely through recovered loans in the next two years. Read more

Udom Awards JPM Honorary Degree Today

PRESIDENT John Magufuli will today be conferred with a honorary degree (Honorius Causa) in recognition of his achievements to bring about development in the country by the University of Dodoma (Udom). Read more

Udom Revokes Academic Journals Over Poor Quality

UNIVERSITY of Dodoma (UDOM) has cancelled and terminated publication of its previous academic journals and periodical publications over quality constraints. Read more


31 October 2019

Academics Call for Introduction of Lessons in Integrity

As moral decay continues to tear apart the Tanzanian social fabric, voices of decent are now being raised on the importance of introducing lessons of integrity and ethics for the country’s young generation. Read more

Heslb Releases List of 31,000 Loan Recipients

Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) yesterday announced the first batch of 30,675 fresh university students who will be granted loans amounting to 113.5bn/- for academic year 2019/2020. Read more

PM Commends Airtel’s Online Learning Programme

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has applauded Airtel Tanzania for offering online learning programme terming it as a game changer to youth in need of vocational education but lack time to physically attend classes. Read more


31 July 2019

Dare to Change Tanzania-Exciting Opportunity for Young Graduates

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Tanzania is a leading international youth-led development organization with offices in Mikocheni Dar es Salaam. Read more

Loans Body in Drive to Attract more Student Applicants

Tanzania’s Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) is gearing up to provide more loans and scholarships for higher education students as it increases its budget allocation and improves awareness and conditions for beneficiaries. Read more


30 June 2019

Board Issues Guidelines for Higher Education Loan Applicants

The Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB has announced guidelines and criteria that will be observed in issuance of loans and grants for the 2019/2020 academic year. Read more

Students’ Loans Boosted From 427bn/ – to 450bn/-

Budget allocation for new loan applicants and continuing students in higher learning institutions has been increased from 427.5bn/- during the current financial year to 450bn/- for the next fiscal year which starts on July 1. Read more

Tertiary Education Students to Get Training on Disaster Management

The Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) has embarked on a special programme to offer training on disaster management to tertiary institution students. Read more

31 May 2019

Global Partnership for Education Approves US$90 Million for Children’s Education in Tanzania

Even as primary school enrollment and completion rates for girls in Tanzania has exceeded those of boys over the last several years, girls remain under-represented in all higher streams of education, including upper secondary school, TVET and universities. In 2016, for every girl in upper secondary schools, there were 1.6 boys. Read more


31 March 2019

More Funds for Students as Loans Body Takes Bold Steps

Massive improvements over the past few months in the recovery of money from beneficiaries of student loans in Tanzania mean that over 5,000 more students can benefit from government loans in the current academic year, according to officials. Read more


31 January 2019

Bandari College Goes Digital in Students Admission

The Bandari College will begin to admit new students through its new digital system dubbed ‘Student’s Information Management System (SIMS). Read more

Udom Bolsters Fight Against Corruption

University of Dodoma (UDOM) has reaffirmed its commitment to intensify the fight against any kind of corruption in its main campus. Addressing a seminar on the effects of corruption at UDOM main campus over the weekend, acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Msoffe (pictured) implored students to report any kind of corruption to the university’s management for the law to follow its course. Read more


31 December 2018

More Investment in the Education Sector Needed

Tanzania is the largest East African country geographically and by population, and the second largest by its economy, yet it only uses 1.4 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on education, less than half of the percentage of every other East African country. Read more


30 November 2018

Kudos UDSM for Plan to Extend Higher Education

University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)’ s plan to extend the provision of higher education into upcountry regions is commendable. In fact, we can say that the plan is long overdue. Read more

Troubled University Staff Now Reaches Out to JPM Over Their Unpaid Dues

Troubled employees at Mount Meru University (MMU) in Arusha are now counting on President John Magufuli’s intervention over their ten months unpaid dues. Read more

Udom ‘Output’ Up From 5,500 to 7,122

The number of students who are expected to graduate from the University of Dodoma (UDOM) this year is set to increase to 7,122 from 5,500 last year. Read more

UDSM to Extend Wings Upcountry

HE University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) plans to extend the provision of higher education to upcountry, in order to enable each and every Tanzanian in need of education to get it. Read more


31 October 2018

Employers Need Graduates to be Taught Vital Soft Skills

With concerns increasing over the inability of the labour market in most African countries to absorb fresh graduates, education systems should concentrate on delivering quality education with marketable skills and not just on expanding enrolment figures. Read more

France, Suza Build Comprehensive Partnership

THE State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and the French government have vowed to create a wide-ranging partnership in fostering socio-economic development. Read more


31 May 2018

Tanzania: PM Courts Education Support

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called upon religious institutions to support government efforts in promoting education sector, for the best interest of the future generations and the country’s development. Read more

Udom Postpones Public Lecture On Education

University of Dodoma (UDOM) yesterday postponed its public lecture on the state of education in Africa that had been scheduled for today at Chimwaga Hall here. Read more

Legislators Want Education Sector Problems Fixed Faster

Some members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives have advised the government to speed up the process of hiring teachers and creating enough room for absorbing pupils, as among the prerequisites for improving education. Read more

Tcu Okays Open University Foundation Programmes

Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has re-accredited the foundation course programme offered by the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) following a span of two years in discussions on how it should be structured to meet the required standards. Read more

UDOM Launches Programme to Educate Surrounding Communities

Dodoma — THE University of Dodoma (UDOM) has introduced Literacy Programme (UDOLP) to people who lack basic education in communities surrounding its campus. Read more


30 April 2018

The 4th University of Dar es Salaam Research Week (Unit Level)

The 4th University of Dar es Salaam Research Week (Unit Level) held at various UDSM colleges and schools on 18th to 20th April, 2018. Theme of this year’s event is “Advancing Research and Innovation for Sustainable Utilization of National Resources”. Read more

Govt to Repair 25 Schools, Expand Eight Colleges

The minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Prof Joyce Ndalichako, told Parliament on Monday, April 30, here that Sh140 billion would be spent on implementing the Education Program for Results Program. Read more

Education Budget Rises by Sh70 Billion

The minister of Education told Parliament on Monday, April 30, that Sh929.9 billion would be spent on funding development projects in 2018/19. Read more


30 December 2017

600bn/- Education Sector Boost

The government has disbursed nearly 600bn/- over the past two years to facilitate free education and settle teachers’ outstanding arrears. Read more

HESLB Dishes out Another 10bn/- On Appeal

The Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) has dished out another 9.6bn/-, specifically to benefit 2,679 students who had lodged appeals for a ‘rethink’ of their plight when they were left out during the first round. Read more

Hostels a Big Problem in Higher Education

Varsity students face tough times finding suitable accommodation while pursuing their studies. Read more

Let the Govt Rethink Retirement Age Issue

The Bill, which is going to amend the Public Service Act, is expected to be tabled in the next Parliament sitting and will change the voluntary retirement age from 55 to 60 years and the compulsory retirement age from 60 to 65. Read more

Life after University: What’s Next for the New Graduates?

Information available from TAI, shows that youth unemployment is still a dilemma in Tanzania. Read more

Open University Hasn’t Been Permitted To Offer Foundation Courses

The government has refuted rumours that it has permitted Open University to Tanzania to continue offering foundation courses. Read more

PM For Improvement of Higher Education

The Prime Minister has said there is need for improving higher education in the country to produce skilled human resources. Read more

Students Need Vocational Skills for Meaningful Self-Employment

Students undertaking their studies at Blessed Anuarite Secondary School in Dar es Salaam do not only receive formal training but are provided with vocational skills to enable them engage in self-employment after completing their studies. Read more

UDSM Students Land Barclays Scholarships

The students from the University of Dar es Salaam (Udsm) landed the Sh70million sponsorship, which will see them complete their higher education smoothly. Read more


30 October 2017

Ban on 19 Universities to Remain In Force

According to TCU, the decision stays in force following failure by the universities to address the shortcomings that were pointed out earlier. Read more

Barclays Bank Launches 160m/- Scholarship

The government has commended Barclays Bank Tanzania for various initiatives on education and skills development in an endeavour to equip youth on taking active part in building robust industrial economy. Read more

Find Alternative Ways to Finance Higher Education

The Higher Education Students Loans Board (HESLB), statutorily established to provide interest-free loans to needy and eligible Tanzanian students in institutions of higher learning. Read more

HESLB Announces 10, 000 First-Year Loan Beneficiaries

Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) has released first batch of 10,196 successful loan applicants for first year undergraduate courses, set to begin late this month. Read  more

TCU Gives Room for More Varsity Study Applicants

The Tanzania Commission for Universities opened yet another room for students who failed to secure admissions to higher learning institutions and others who received multiple admissions. Read more


15 October 2017

It’s Partly Within, Partly Outside

There is a great possibility that 20,000 students who got multiple admissions at different higher learning institutions may be locked out by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) to pursue their studies, if they did not confirm only one preferred university of their choice. Read more

Minister Directs HESLB To Take Action Against Corrupt Officials

The minister directed the board to verify whether recommendations made in a controller and auditor general reports were implemented. Read more

Nyerere Strategy Vital For Industrialisation – Veta

“Such initiatives helped the country produce skilled vocational craftsmen for industry labour force,” he said as Tanzanians from all walks of life commemorated the passing of the late President. Read more

Some Say Language Is Doorway To Culture

A group of 50 Chinese language teachers, at the Confucius Institute (CI) in Dar es Salaam, have been going to their various stations within the country. Read more

University of Dar es Salaam Celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s 148 Birth Anniversary 2nd October 2017

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Rwekaza Mukandala on 2nd October welcomed The High Commissioner Mr. Sandeep Arya from the Indian embassy to Tanzania to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Birthday which is known as Gandhi Jayanti. Read more


30 September 2017

Isles Varsity Eyes Strategic Partnership

The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) Vice-Chancellor, Prof Idris Rai, has said that good relations with local and international higher learning institutions remain important in improving education at home. Read more


15 September 2017

Academic Dishonesty is Not a Trivial Matter

Growing competition for tertiary courses and the increasing commercialisation of education, however, deliver temptations for ambitious youngsters in higher education and provide a market for shrewd profiteers whose products and services cater for students prone to “academic dishonesty”. Read more

Fate of 19 Blacklisted Universities Awaits TCU

The fate of 19 higher learning institutions, which were barred from admitting new students in the 2017/18 academic year for irregularities, will be determined after the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) finishes going through their reports. Read more

How Unemployment is Affecting Education

Thousands of graduates who graduate from various universities in the country enter the job market each year. But disappointingly, most of them end up unemployed where as many fail to do what they were trained at their institutions. Read more

University of Dar Es Salaam Hosts Mathematics Association of Tanzania (MAT) 52nd Mathematics Teachers’ Seminar

Mathematical Association of Tanzania (MAT) Seminar to Mathematics teachers was officiated at Nkrumah Hall by the Director for Department of Education Management. Read more


31 August 2017

Academic Dishonesty Is Not a Trivial Matter

Growing competition for tertiary courses and the increasing commercialisation of education, however, deliver temptations for ambitious youngsters in higher education and provide a market for shrewd profiteers whose products and services cater for students prone to “academic dishonesty”. Read more

Encouraging Young Scientists to Invent          

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. Read more

Loans Board Should Revise Guidelines

The board is responsible to supervise the entire process of loan provision and its repayment. Read more

NGOs’ Loans Offer to Students Is Laudable

The financing mechanism is a need-based financial aid programme and will be implemented by the two entities in close collaborations with universities and will benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Read more

Over 50,000 Students to Benefit from NGO Loans

Over 50,000 student who missed sponsorship for studies will receive scholarship from two NGOs. Read more

TZ Growth Hurt by Low-Skill Levels: WB

Tanzania is short of skilled and efficient manpower to drive the economy. Read more


15 August 2017

After The Ban, What Next for Varsities?

19 colleges and universities including two Kenyan and Ugandan varsities whose campuses are located in Arusha and Dar es Salaam were banned by Tanzania Commission for Universities. Read more

Chadema Wants Govt to Scrap Criteria for Higher Education Loans

Opposition party has challenged the government to remove some of the criteria set to enable more applicants to access the facility. Read more

Enable More Women to Study for PhDs, Tanzania Challenged

Tanzania must create an enabling environment for more women to pursue PhD in different fields if she wants to seriously industrialise. Read more

Global Link Assures Parents of Students’ Safety Abroad

Agencies for overseas education, Global Education Link Ltd, yesterday brought together parents and students who are due to fly outside the country to pursue their studies in different higher learning institutions in China and India with one important objective: giving assurance to them that they are safe. Read more

Global NGO Supports Local Development

The Tanzania Social Support Foundation in partnership with the U.S-based international non-profit organization, Cosmopolitan Development Foundation (CDF International) – have launched a newly innovative need-based financial aid programme that will spend over $1 million to endow about 50,000 scholarships and tuition waivers for Tanzanian higher learning students of disadvantaged backgrounds. Read more

HESLB Cautions Loan Applicants over Forgery

Higher learning loan applicants have been warned against forgery following the discovery of some 500 fake birth and death certificates presented last year for loan processing. Read more

More Students Benefit from Seeds for the Future Programme

Ask any college or university student in his or final year what plans they have for the future and they would probably tell you that they have not figured out anything yet. Read more

Relief as Universities Cut Fees in New Academic Year

Prospective applicants for higher learning studies in the 2017-18 academic year have something to smile about as some private institutions in Tanzania are slashing tuition fees in efforts to attract students. Read more

Should Culture Be Integrated In Teaching?

They might have enriched our knowledge, but they have so far practically not helped me all my life. Sometimes I sit back and wonder why students today have to learn the same things, other than issues within their reach, and context. Read more

State Varsities Need Comprehensive Approach

A good measure of strides that a country takes towards economic growth and development is multi-dimensional for it points to equity in terms of resource allocation, literacy rates, and rise in GDP and GNP figures, to mention only a few things. Read more

Students’ Prayer for ‘Maintenance Loans’ Answered

President Ali Mohamed Shein has approved ‘maintenance loans for living costs’ for students in higher learning institutions in the country and promised to improve their learning environment. Read more

Why University Applicants Must Choose Degree Programmes Wisely

Those planning to pursue education degree in arts subjects in the next high learning academic year should consider their decision. Read more

TCU Move Good for Quality of Varsity Education:

The government through the TCU has taken the right decision. Read more

US Varsity Keen To Support Arusha College

Clemson University in USA will increase its support to the Arusha Technical College in Biomedical engineering training. Read more


15 July 2017

Confusion as Agency Blacklists Varsities

Several universities and constituent colleges were thrown into a state of panic as others rush to seek clarification. Read more

Govt Warns Varsities over Defiance

The government has yet again raised a red flag against some higher learning institutions that are contemplating to use shortcuts to have students admitted in courses that were banned by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). Read more

Prime Minister Beseeches Higher Learning Institution to Improve Standards

The decision by Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) was for the interest of the universities and the country at large. Read more

Tanzania’s Higher Education System Is Too Rigid

When implemented, academic certificates issued by any college or university registered in the region will be recognised by all member states. This is an important development. It will increase labour mobility within the region and move the EAC into deeper and stronger integration. Read more

Tanzanian President Approves Education Regulator’s Ban on New Students Admissions

Tanzanian President approved a decision by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) to bar 19 universities from enrolling new students in the 2017/18 academic year after a report found them providing poor education. Read more

TCU Bans 19 Varsities from Taking ‘Freshers’ Into 2017/18 Courses

The Commission for Universities has banned 19 colleges and universities from admitting students to any degree courses during the 2017/18 academic year after reports uncovered some shortcomings on their part. Read more

The Need To Up Skills in the “Tourist Paradise

For nations with tourism attractions, the sector is most of the time described as having “lowest-hanging fruit” needed to create jobs and reduce poverty. Read more

We Are Ready, Universities Say

We have also agreed with the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) to team up in verifying the authenticities of the academic certificates attached in the applications. Read more

Why it’s Right to Ban Pregnant Schoolgirls from Studies

If this number of the search results means anything about the topicality of the phrase, it at least implies that we Tanzanians have not yet taken time to study and discuss critically the Convention on the Rights of the Child Articles 28 and 29. Read more


30 June 2017

Africa Risks Fading From Knowledge Economy

Internet access is not enough to transform economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa has traditionally been left out of what is called the knowledge economy. Whether it is the number of books published per capita or patents issued per country, most African countries tend to come at the bottom of the list. Read more

China Plans to Open Transport College in Tanzania

Tanzania and China governments are in discussion with a view of opening a transport college in the country, China ambassador to Tanzania Dr Lu Youqing revealed. Read more

Experts Discuss Harmonisation of EA Higher Education

The top cream of education experts from the East African Community partner states, since yesterday, are meeting in Zanzibar to discuss how to operationalise the EAC Common Higher Education Area. Read more

Role of TCU in Higher Education Governance in Tanzania

Higher education provides essential skilled human resource for both the formal and informal sectors of the economy, provides the means of developing the knowledge, skills, and productive capacities of the labour force, and acts as a catalyst in encouraging modern attitudes and aspirations. Read more


15 June 2017

Fake Certificates in TZ Economic Equation

The issue of educational qualification as they relate to employees in public service in the government of Tanzania is going viral with much vengeance all round. Read more

Govt Gets Sh56bn for Renovating University Buildings

The Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology, told the Parliament on Monday that the government is doing everything possible to improve learning conditions in various higher learning institutions. Read more

Joy for Students As Scheme Makes Transfer within EAC Varsities Possible

East Africa students will be able to transfer to any university in the region following the approval of a framework to guide the process. Read more

Role of TCU in Higher Education Governance in Tanzania

Tertiary education plays a critical capacity building and professional training role in support of economic development. Read more

Students Given Dose on Quality Goods, Services

As part of its public awareness campaigns in institutions of higher learning, Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has enlightened the Mzumbe University community in Morogoro Region on the importance of quality goods and services. Read more

TCU Confirms Issuing Pre-Degree Exams Notice

THE Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has confirmed inviting interested candidates to register for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) examinations, a pre-requisite to join degree programmes for 2017/18 academic year. Read more

The 9th Mwalimu Nyerere Intellectual Festival

The 9th Mwalimu Nyerere Intellectual Festival, held at the University of Dar es Salaam, Nkrumah Hall, 13th – 15th June 2017 on a theme: “The politician in the Rise and Fall of Africa”.  Read more


15 May 2017

Don’t Go For Studies Abroad Blindly: TCU

Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has urged students going for tertiary education abroad to consider the country’s grading system to have their academic credentials recognised in the domestic labour market upon completion of their studies. Read more

EAC Members States Agree to Harmonize Higher Education

East African Community (EAC) member states have agreed to harmonize higher education curricula during the EAC Heads of states 18th Ordinary Summit. Read more

How 15pc Deductions Helped HESLB Double Loan Recovery

Top officials of the Higher Education Students Loans (HESLB) may now heave a sigh of relief as loan repayments double within nine months thanks to a 15pc increase in deductions and President John Magufuli’s tough stance on loan recovery. Read more

ISW Faces Serious Shortage of Lecturers, Hostels

Management of the Institute of Social Work (ISW) has said they are facing a serious hostel problem about accommodating 3,000 students pursuing different courses in the institution. Read more

India to Showcase Its Universities in Dar Soon

More than 20 Indian higher education institutions are set to visit Tanzania to showcase courses offered in their universities to address foreign student needs. Read more

Kudos to JPM for Fake Certificates Crackdown, But…

Congratulations, President John Pombe Magufuli, for terminating workers with fake certificates. There is no such precedence globally, and perhaps you will go down in history for the bold decision. Read more

Metrology Expertise Gap Very Wide: TBS

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has urged higher learning institutions to introduce a metrology course, in order to produce much-needed experts to oversee operations in a number of fields covered by the sector. Read more

Shortage of Lecturers in EA Worrisome

The number of qualified people to teach is falling. This will have a negative effect on quality of education. Read more

Students Given Dose on Quality Goods, Services

AS part of its public awareness campaigns in institutions of higher learning, Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has enlightened the Mzumbe University community in Morogoro Region on the importance of quality goods and services. Read more


30 April 2017

Academic Qualifications Evaluation Process Excludes Mps, Appointed Leaders

Academic qualifications for civil servants released here yesterday indicated that at least 376,969 civil servants in local government authorities, public institutions, corporations and agencies have legitimate academic documents. Read more

Be Faithful: Repay Educational Loans for the Benefit of Others

Poverty throughout the world has cut many bright students’ education dreams, throwing them into the vicious circle of paucity. Read more

CAG Puts Spotlight on ‘Educated’ Loan Defaulters

The Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Prof Mussa Assad, has discovered that Kigoma Regional Secretariat is home to chronic ‘defaulters’ of loans from the Higher Education Student’s Loans Board (HESLB). Read more

Education in Towards 2030: Where Is Tanzania?

One great plus for the education sector across the world is that it has to be the number one priority in the thinking and development of the country. There is, however, some doubt whether today, education is the pillar and driving force for the development of in all countries. Read more

HESLB Lands in Bunge to Fish out Loan Defaulters

As if to show that parliamentarians have to lead by example, the Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) has landed in the National Assembly seeking to fish out Members of Parliament (MPs), who are still to repay their education loans. Read more

Raise Education Quality for Tanzania to Prosper

We all totally agree that lack of competent teachers is the major factor behind poor educational performance. Read more

Student Admission System Pleases SAUT

The Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) has expressed gratitude to the government for abolishing the Central Admission System (CAS) currently used to admit students into Higher Learning Institutions. Read more

Students Could Soon Get to Choose Their University

Tanzanian students had no say over one of the most important stages of their lives – choosing a university and a course to pursue, as the final say lay with the Tanzania Commission for Universities. Read more

Tanzania’s President Magufuli Sacks 10,000 over Fake Certificates

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked nearly 10,000 civil servants for having fake education certificates. He was responding to the release of a government report into fraudulent qualifications in the public sector. Read more

When Leadership Comes at the Cost of Academics

While being a student leaders comes with many benefits, there is no doubt you will run into a number of problems. Read more


15 March 2017

Help Mara Out Of School Children

Education stakeholders in Mara Region have been urged to address cultural practices that deny children, especially girls, access to learning opportunity. Read more

HESLB Approves 2,300 Loans Appeals

About 2,348 students from higher learning institutions in the country have every reason to smile after the Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) granted them with loans through an appealing window. Read more

HESLB Debtors Rush to Pay Up Overdue Loans

Almost half of 142,000- plus people indebted to the Higher Education Students Loans Board (HESLB) have paid up since December, last year when the Board threatened to publish their names, the ‘Daily News’ has learnt. Read more

TUCTA Demands Refund for Student Loans Beneficiaries

Trade union congress of Tanzania issued a 14day ultimatum to the government to refund graduates who benefitted from higher education students loan before the law to impose 15% deduction was passed. Read more


15 February 2017

Has TCU Failed as Quality Assurance and Admission Body?

Tanzania commission for universities announced that it has conducted in-depth analysis of the qualification of student enrolled 2016/2017 academic year, and found that more than 8000 student in various higher education institutions did not meet the criteria for joining higher education. Read more

TCU Blacklist Draws Anger

There was uproar following the decision by authorities to blacklist at least 8400 university students over what was described as lacking qualification for pursuing undergraduate studies. Read more

UDSM, Acacia Seal Pact to Improve Engineering Sector

The University of Dar es Salaam has signed a renewed memorandum of understanding with Acacia mining that would support 52 students and staff to improve quality of engineering in the sector. Read more

Verification, TCU Only Shot Itself In The Foot

Anxiety, panic and confusion have gripped students pursuing studies in higher learning institution after the Tanzania Commission for Universities issues an announcement that requires them to verify their academic credentials as may risk disqualification. Read more


31 January 2017

Did UDSM Miss The Bus On Research Funds?

A recent two days regional conference on academia-public-private partnership was told that the oldest university in Tanzania, the University of Dares Salaam failed to submit application to be considered for research funds under the inter-university council of eastern Africa-led centres of excellence project. Read more

Govt Should Engage Curriculum Developers

A number of Curriculum Developers have served the Government through the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) which started in 1964 at the University Hill as part of the University College, Dar es Salaam. Read more

Institute Launches Learning Project

The Aga Khan University’s institute for education development east Africa launched an assessment for learning project. Read more

Loans Joy for Diploma Students

Government says currently, loans are being issued only to students pursuing degree programmes, but acknowledges that the situation has left a huge demand for financial assistance from diploma students. Read more

Shein Promises Continued Loans to Students

President Ali Mohamed Shein has said that the government would continue to provide loans to students with qualifications to join higher learning institutions because the country still needs experts in every field. Read more

Special Diplomas on HESLB Roll

Students pursuing diploma courses in line with national priority areas will soon start receiving educational loans following the scheduled amendments of the Higher Education Students’ Loan Board (HESLB) Act contained in the Written Law. Read more


15 November 2016

Amendment Doubles HESLB Repayment Rate to 15 Per cent

Beneficiaries of Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) will have their salaries deducted by 15 per cent monthly to repay the loan, Attorney General announced. Read more

Barclays Launches Training for Graduates

Barclays Bank in partnership with Junior Achievement Tanzania has launched an initiative through which college students and graduates aged between 18 and 24 years will build the skills they need to make a smooth transition into the job market. Read more

Deserving Students Promised Loans

The Minister for Education, Science and Technology has tasked the Higher Education Student Loans Board (HESLB) to disburse education loans to all undergraduate students in their respective bank accounts and those who do not sign the agreement forms risk missing them. Read more

Loan Refund to HESLB Triples

Loan repayment to the Higher Education Students’ Loan Board (HESLB) has more than tripled amid a 30-day ultimatum to loan defaulters to settle their arrears or risk court action. Read more

Students Blamed Over Loan Remittance Delay

Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) yesterday clarified on the loans disbursement status for this academic year, attributing the delay to remit the funds to 4,527 first year students to failure by the students to submit supportive documents for payment. Read more

Student Loans Sparks Debate as Govt Asked To Issue Statement

The wrangle between higher learning students and the government over loans surfaced in the National Assembly with the latter being asked to immediately issue a detailed report on the matter. Read more


31 October 2016

Butiku Praises Certificate Check

The Chairman of Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation, Mr Joseph Butiku, has commended the ongoing academic certificate verification exercise and the strong measures that are taken by the government to strengthen national economy. Read more

Concern as HESLB Receives Sh40bn Less Than Set Target

Higher education student loans board has received only Sh80.9 billion instead of Sh 121 Billion in the first quarter. Read more

JPM Wants Strict Loan Issuance

President John Magufuli has directed the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training to seal the loopholes in the current grading and come up with the best mechanism in issuance of higher learning students loans which he said only the needy should obtain. Read more

No Student Will Miss Out in Loans

President Magufuli assured the nation that all deserving students admitted to higher learning institutions in the country would be issued with loans. Read more

Shein Suspends Student Loans

President Ali Mohamed Shein has temporarily suspended issuing of loans to higher learning students, pending an enquiry into the process and verification of beneficiaries. Read more

UDSM on Call to Maintain Quality Education

Retired President and Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Mr Jakaya Kikwete, has called on the management and academicians at the higher learning institution to ensure they maintain education quality as well as its image of leading university in the country. Read more

University Publishes Book to Mark 55 Years

Started with 14 students at Lumumba Street in 1961, the University of Dar es Salaam currently offers learning to an average of 24,000 students yearly. Read more


30 September 2016

Barclays to Train 3,350 Student In New Scheme

Barclays Bank Tanzania will train a total of 3350 college finalist students in a period of three years. Read more

EADB Rolls Out Scholarship Regional Award for Teachers

The East Africa Development Bank has mooted a science, technology, engineering and mathematics scholarship award programme to strengthen the regional workforce in science, engineering and technology. Read more

Problem Solving Skills Key for Learners, Youth

In the process of fostering young talents, our education plays a major role in ensuring that our children and youth acquire mastery of skills and knowledge required for their academic as well as job market. Read more

Safeguarding Tanzania’s Renaissance with Knowledge

The government identified the need for strengthened, reoriented and revitalised human resource development as key to success of socio-economic policies and strategies. Read more

Tanzania Scales Up Competitive Ranking Ladder

Tanzania competitiveness ranking has improved, moving up nine places to 116th position from 125th in the past four years. Read more

TCU’s Revision of Admission Merit Commended

Entrance levels to higher learning institutions have been set out by the Tanzania commission for universities. Read more

Telecom Firm Determined to Improve Education in Tanzania

The quality of education is directly related to the quality of teaching and learning. Read more

UDOM’s New Tech to Combat Wildlife Poaching

The long awaited dream of a section of graduates to apply their acquired varsity skills to innovate new and adequate means to protect the country’s natural resources is about to bear fruit. Read more


15 September 2016

CAG, PAC Question HESLB’s Fixed Deposit Account with Bank M, TPB.

Parliamentary public accounts committee questioned the HESLB’S fixed deposit accounts maintained at the two banks. Read more

HESLB Paid about 3.58bn to 2192 Ghost Students in 2015/2016

The higher education student loan board has said that about 3.58bn has been paid to more than 2192 ghost students from universities and colleges countrywide. Read more

Loans Board Spendthrift Shocks Bunge Team

Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) came under condemnation here yesterday, with the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) questioning its administrative spendthrift during the 2014/15 fiscal year. Read more

New College to Increase Medical Workers

The Prime Minister has instructed the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training to come up with a strong strategy that will help to increase the number of health workers in the country. Read more

Student Loans Deemed Inadequate

The government is contemplating changing the way higher education students pay back the loan as well as reviewing the amount given for meals and accommodation to satisfy growing demand. Read more

Two Private Varsities Cautioned Over ‘Fees in Forex’

Two institutions of higher learning in the country, namely the Kampala International University (KIU) and the International Medical and Technological University (IMTU), had been slapped with warning letters for forcing local students to pay fees in foreign currency. Read more

TZ and Canadian Varsities Seal Deal

Mount Meru University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Canadian-based Trinity western university under which they will exchange academic programmes. Read more

Universities Respond to ‘Ghost’ Student Ultimatum

Following the suspension of student loans and the imposition of a week-long ultimatum, 15 universities in Tanzania have responded to a ministerial directive to pay back loans issued to them for thousands of so-called ‘ghost’ students. Read more

Why it is Crucial for Nation to Produce Skilled Human Power

Skilled professionals engagement in all walks of life has the potential in creating new innovation, hastening technology transfer and creating job opportunity. Read more


31 August 2016

15 Universities Begin Repaying Phantom Loans

The universities are among 31 higher learning institutions that were directed by the Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, to return to the government a total of Sh3.8 billion paid to beneficiaries who have not been traced. Read more

Ex-St Joseph University Students Go to Court

About 316 former students of St Joseph University of Tanzania have filed a suit before the High Court against the institution and the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), demanding over 6bn/- compensation and damages for discontinuation of their studies. Read more

 Loans for 2,192 Students Shelved

The government has suspended loans for 2,192 students from various universities who did not show up for verification and ordered their respective institutions to return the funds amounting to 3.9bn/- they have been receiving for them within seven days. Read more

Ministry Reminds Loans’ Beneficiaries in Z’bar

The Minister for Education and Vocational Training, has urged graduates to pay back their higher education debts or risk prosecution. Read more

Money Power or Knowledge Power

It is not the first time you are hearing this famous dictum, “Knowledge is Power.” We all know, this saying is famous, as on various occasions we have been lectured on it by our parents, teachers and other elders. Read more

New Strategies Sought to Fight Graft in Higher Learning Loans

Curbing corruption in higher learning financing systems is a long term effort that must be given strategic importance and adequate resources. Read more

UDOM Defends Quality of Local Graduates

Higher learning institutions offer high quality education than meets the global standards and criteria, University of Dodoma (UDOM) Vice-Chancellor Professor has affirmed, urging members of the public to ignore street rumours belittling the country’s education. Read more

Use Research Work Properly

The Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Professor Joyce Ndalichako, has asked researchers to capitalise on researches that will produce findings that will solve problems bedeviling Tanzanians. Read more


31 July 2016

380 Students Recalled to UDOM

Hardly five per cent of the entire batch of about 8,000 students who were recently suspended from the University of Dodoma had the required qualifications to pursue the Special Diploma in Science Education at the public university. Read more

Computer Experts Work to Protect Data from Foreign Spies, Snoopers

All online communications taking place in the country can be encrypted by any geeky snooper due to the fact that, the Information Communication Technology network of Tanzania is still bare, highly permeable and prone to be exposing individual and organisations secrets to the whole world. Read more

Crackdown Continues: Universities Blocked from Enrolling New Students

The ongoing crackdown on academic fraud in the country has taken a new twist with the state-run Tanzania Commission for Universities now barring fresh students enrolment at least six local universities for various education reasons. Read more

Education Doesn’t Pay, Here’s why

My friend, a professor from a local public university quit his job in a huff to start a small enterprise. Read more

Set Up Database to Ensure HESBL Money Is Paid Back

The higher education students’ loan board gives over 2700 student a seven days ultimatum to verify their identities and other vital information. Read more

Student Verification Exercise: Not Even Past Graduates are Safe

If you gain admission into the local university without the right qualification, graduated and are now employed on the basis of your certificate, be worried. Read more

Tanzania to Host EAC Heart Institute

Tanzania has been picked to host the proposed regional heart institute that will serve the entire East Africa community population. Read more

TCU Defends New Minimum University Entry Qualifications

Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) yesterday defended the newly introduced minimum admission entry qualification for undergraduate studies, dismissing all the criticisms against it as baseless. Read more

Varsities’ Enrolment Set to Double by 2020

The government plans to raise university enrolment from the current 224,080 to 468,530 by 2020 to equip more students with skills to accommodate industrial development demands. Read more

Will New University Entry Qualification Improve Quality of Graduates

Recently, the Tanzania Commission for Universities issued a public notice on the change of procedures, requirements and minimum admission entry qualification for undergraduate students. Read more


15 July 2016

HESLB Stops Loans for 2,700 Students Pending Verification

THE Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) has temporarily suspended loans for 2,739 students who failed to turn up on time for verification. Read more

Highlighting Significance of Science, Technology in Development

Science, technology and innovations is paramount to the economic, development and the well-being of any nation across the world. Read more

How to Make the Right Career Choice

It is common to meet university students pursuing course just because their parents dictated so or for the sake of acquiring a degree or diploma qualification. Read more

Kikwete Emphasises Friendly Environment for Entrepreneurs

Putting in place enabling environment for women entrepreneurs to access reliable market and improved production are among major challenges that the government should work to address economic empowerment of local enterprises. Read more

Loans Board Gives 2,739 Students Seven-Day Ultimatum

In its bid to identify ghost students, the higher education student loan board has given 2739 student from 18 higher learning institutions one week to verify their particulars or risk delete. Read more

NBC Bank Partners With 25 Universities

National Bank of Commerce (NBC) Tanzania has partnered with 25 universities to empower Tanzania youths with necessary skills and knowledge to secure jobs or become self-employed. Read more

New HESLB Rules Hit Plans to Reduce Teacher Shortage

The government decision to stop issuing loans to student pursuing diploma in education has dealt a blow to plans to reduce the massive shortage of teachers in the country. Read more

Number of Tanzanians Seeking Studies Abroad Soars

The number of Tanzanian students seeking to study abroad has steadily increased with the Global Education Link alone registering nearly 6,000 new applicants for the 2016/17 academic year. Read more


30 June 2016

CBE Introduces Two New Postgraduate Programmes

The College of Business Education (CBE) has introduced two postgraduate programmes to be offered in the upcoming academic year to fill the existing gap in higher cadre of international business management field and promote problem solving in supply chain management. Read more

Development Programme to Improve Employment for 30,000 Youth

At least 30,000 youth will benefit from a new skills improvement programme that will promote the expansion as well as the quality of skills development opportunities in key economic sectors in Tanzania. Read more

Job Seekers Need Requisite Skills

As one of the ways to develop the necessary skills required in the labour market, the government is in the final stages of drafting National Internship Frameworks that will facilitate and guide youth in collaboration with enterprises. Read more

New Revelations on Students’ Loan Rip-Off Emerge

New revelations of mismanagement of public funds have emerged following a special audit into the Higher Education Student’s Loans Board (HESLB). Read more

Scores Turn Out for Jobs Opportunities

Scores of graduates and students yesterday turned out to apply for about 2,000 jobs in Chinese companies at the first Season of China-Tanzania Job Fair at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) football playground. Read more

YALI brings to Tanzania US Leadership Skill

Young African Leaders Fellowship is the flagship programme of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Read more

Youth Urged To Take Up Research

The government has underscored the importance of scientific research to the nation’s overall development, encouraging inclusion of more youth to build a pool of young researchers and specialists. Read more


15 June 2016

China to Build Africa’s Biggest University Library in Tanzania

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new library at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) to be built at a cost of about 40 million U.S. dollars funded by the Chinese government. Read more

Fresh Details Emerge on UDOM

Fresh details emerged yesterday on the expulsion of about 7,000 University of Dodoma (UDOM) students, with the trend indicating persistence of ‘ghost students’ owing to “poor oversight” in admission procedures. Read more

No Loan Budget for Z’bar Students, Govt Reveals

The government does not set aside specific funds to issue as loan to students pursuing higher education from Zanzibar. Read more

Overseas Study Tours for ICT Varsity Students

Huawei Technologies Tanzania has embarked on a 10 year project initiative that will see 100 students from local universities receiving ICT training through ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme. Read more

Student Loans Issued On Merit, Bunge Told

The High Education Students Loans Board (HESLB) issues loans on merits and there is no provision for the Mainland and Zanzibar applicants, the National Assembly heard here yesterday. Read more

UDSM Launches 90bn/- State of- the-Art Multi-Storage Library

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is undergoing mega-infrastructural transformations that include construction of state-of-the-art modern library to accommodate over 800,000 books to be more globally competitive. Read more


15 May 2016

Educational Standards Said ‘Coming Down’

Hakielimu research findings on the state of education in Tanzania conducted last year reflects on the reality on the falling standards of education, the government has acknowledged. Read more

Mining Students in Gold Prospecting Practice

Students pursuing Mining Engineering programmes in higher learning institutions have been challenged to equip themselves well in their studies so as to be able to secure employment in the mining sector. Read more

Open University of Tanzania: Shining Example of ICT Usage in Higher Learning

In an attempt to address development challenges, Tanzania came up with its Development Vision 2025 which among other things envisages a well-educated and learning society.  Read more

State Recovers 93bn/- In Student Loans

The government has recovered a total of 93.9bn/- out of 256.2bn/- granted to university students through the Higher Learning Students Board (HESLB). Read more


30 April 2016

Learning Chinese to Get Career Opportunities

With economic ties between China and Tanzania growing, the demand for Tanzanians to learn Chinese language for the purpose of creating more opportunities has increased. Read more

Mandela University Wins Hefty WB Prize

The Arusha-based, Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) has managed to win the chance to establish two research centres under the World Bank (WB), program known as African Centres of Excellence. Read more

NMB to Support Talented Graduates for Recruitment

NMB Bank has expressed commitment in developing local talented graduates through its Graduate Trainee Programme to be employed and posted in different departments at the bank’s headquarter office and branches. Read more


15 April 2016

Tanzanians Advised to Support President Magufuli

A leading academic at the University of Dar es Salaam has urged Tanzanians to support President John Magufuli in his efforts to ensure that leaders and civil servants are accountable to the people. Read more

Tanzania, India to Boost Human Resource Base

The governments of Tanzania and India have established Information Technology resource centres to strengthen human resource capacity necessary for the growth and development of organisations in the country. Read more


1 April 2016

College to Enrich Temeke Gradually Takes Form

With an estimated population of 1,368,881 and being mostly arable, Temeke District is thirsting for agriculture experts to exploit its full agricultural potential. Read more

Magufuli to Grace University Event

The President is expected to grace the opening of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CoNAS) of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), to be held at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mlimani campus. Read more

Over 100 Mwanza Medical Students Confront Minister Over Massive Failure Rates

Tandabuhi Institute of Health Sciences and Technology yesterday marched to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to protest against some senior officials in the ministry, who allegedly failed 162 students at their university. Read more

Science Subjects Encouraged Among Female Students

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Memorial Scholarship Fund under the Bank of Tanzania (BOT) has granted eight scholarships in a move to promote interest and excellence in mathematics and science subjects. Read more

Universities in Need of More State Support’

The government is determined to support higher learning institutions to produce more scientists to prop up industries if the country is to attain its national vision 2025, which is geared towards transforming Tanzania from a developing to a middle income country. Read more


15 March 2016

Loans Board Acts Tough on Debtors

The Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) has issued an ultimatum of 60 days starting today to beneficiaries of loans to turn up and settle the obligations or face legal action. Read more

MUM Keen on Better Learning Environment

The government has commended Mzumbe University for its continuous endeavours to improve education sector through a programme to support primary and secondary schools surrounding the university. Read more

National Skills Development Strategy in Pipeline

The government is seeking views from the private sector to improve a draft of national skills development strategy aimed at addressing unemployability of graduates from higher learning institutions in the country. Read more

The Education Puzzle for Magufuli’s Administration

Human capital development through education has been at the heart of most developing countries since independence. Read more

Varsity Students Challenged to Write Research Proposals

University students have been challenged to come up with competent research projects that inspire investors within and outside the country to come and invest as a platform for development. Read more

Zanzibar VP Wants More Women to Get University Training

Zanzibar’s Second Vice President, has stressed that women should be provided with vast opportunities that would have real development impact in the country. Read more


29 February 2016

Billions Stolen From Students’ Loans Board

Education minister has ordered a special audit into operations of the higher education students loans board. Read more

Improve Students Loan Desks, Universities Told

Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB), has urged universities in the country to ensure they improve loan desks in their respective institutions in order to increase the efficiency in dealing with students’ complaints. Read more

Two Varsities Deregistered Over Failure To Deliver

THE Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has revoked the registration of two institutions of higher learning for not delivering to the expected quality of university education. Read more

Varsity Regulator’s Axe Claims Its First Victim

TCU has revoked St Joseph University in Tanzania’s accreditation barely five years since its establishment, citing gross underperformance. Read more

Varsities Suspected of Massive Student Loans Theft

The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training is investigating several universities suspected of being part of a syndicate that has stolen from the government. Read more


15 February 2016

Prof Bee Vows to Take MoCU to Centre of Excellence Level

The Vice-Chancellor of Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU), Professor Faustine Bee, has vowed to steer the varsity to be a centre of excellence in Africa and the world over. Read more

Stakeholders Stress Importance of Knowledge Based Learning

Stakeholders in the education and economic sector have called for urgent measures to bridge the gap between professionals and vocational skills. Read more

TCU Decries Failure

Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), the national high education overseer has decried its own failure to meet the five-year plan for the nation’s 51 high academic institutions. Read more


January 2016

Isles, Comoro Varsities Seal Deal To Bolster Academic Opportunities

The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) has signed bilateral agreement with Comoro University to bolster the existing relations aiming at creating academic opportunities for students and staff. Read more

Mentors Should Impart Ethical Values to Medical Trainees

A Medical Director, at Muhimbili Orthopaedic Care and Neurosurgical Institute, who is also the Acting Executive Director of Muhimbili Orthopaedics Institute (MOI) spoke passionately on the need for medical practitioners to uphold ethics and professionalism. Read more

MUHAS First Phase Construction Completed

The first phase of construction of the new teaching hospital for the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) at Mloganzila in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam has been completed. Read more

Reflections on New Government Cost-Cutting Measures

Universities have not been left out of public institution austerity measures. For instance, in universities directives were issued to eliminate wasteful spending and optimise the use of resources. Read more

Students Seen Shunning Science

Many young people in Tanzania and around the East African region would rather take art subjects, with the majority dreaming about professional skills in the entertainment industry. Read more

What About the Status and Situation of the Tanzania’s Higher Education?

The area of education still receives a lot of coverage, particularly because it appeared as one of the silver bullets in the 2015 electoral campaigns, but more importantly because of its exceptional role in human development. Read more


December 2015

Govt Hailed On Students’ Loans

The Tanzania higher learning institutions student organisation commended the government for disbursing loans to a greater number of students this year. Read more

Higher Education Loan Target Surpassed By Almost 40,000 Beneficiaries

The government has surpassed the target to offer loans to students who are joining the higher learning institutions from 13,582 to 53,032 students for the 2015/16 academic year. Read more

Kenya, Zambia Varsities Shine

The Eldoret based Moi University won in the best team category with 89.2 per cent, followed by the University of Zambia with 89.1 per cent and Makerere University of Uganda coming third with 88.5 per cent. Read more

Muhas Graduates Its Largest Batch of Health Experts Yet

At least 878 health experts have graduated from the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) a crucial addition to the under staffed sector. Read more

Mzumbe Varsity for Expansion

Mzumbe University plans to expand Mbeya campus, initially building five-storey 2.9bn/- block to accommodate the administration department. The building will also have lecture and seminar rooms. Read more

So, When Is The Student Fully Taught?

Students graduating from higher learning institutions should be equipped with practical skills needed in the world of work. Read more

Universities Add Course in Female Genital Mutilation

Three Tanzanian universities are offering a new course on female genital mutilation to train health care professionals to deal with victims of the harmful practice that is still widespread although illegal. Read more

Year of Improved Performance in Exams

As the year 2015, comes to an end, it would be worth mentioning numerous remarkable efforts made by the government to improve social services in education, health and infrastructure. Read more


October 2015

Higher Education Remains Key Avenue for Skilled Manpower The economic, technological and social development of any nation depends primarily on the quality of its human capital as human beings acquire competences and capabilities through learning. Read more

Include Patriotism in Academic Institutions Arusha students appeal to government to incorporate civic and patriotism subjects in the syllabi for all schools and higher learning institutions. Read more

Kibaha Centre Provides Free Education to Vulnerable Children The World Islamic Propagation and Humanitarian Service (WIPAHS) has started to provide free education to vulnerable children from nursery to college level at a centre situated at Kibaha Maili Moja, Coast Region. Read more

New Higher Education Programme to Be Ready by Mid-2016 A special skill based higher education programme is in the pipeline that will ensure that criticism that has long existed that graduates coming out from universities have irrelevant skills becomes a thing of the past and they can contribute to national development. Read more

Offer Learning by Doing to Assure Youth of Jobs Tanzania training institutions have faced criticism for producing half-baked graduates who cannot handle duties associated with courses they pursue in college. Read more

Scholars Optimistic About SDGs African scholars have expressed their optimism that the newly set post-millennium development goals can be achieved by developing countries. Read more

Universities, Colleges Ordered Closed Ahead of Elections Universities and other post-school institutions in Tanzania have been ordered to remain closed as the East African nation gears up for a general election. Read more

Varsities Project Develops Professional Competencies A special project undertaken by 12 partner universities has brought extensive professional competencies and development of social work practices in local communities for sustainable development. Read more


September 2015

Mzumbe, Norwegian Varsity Co-operate The Mzumbe University of Morogoro has inked pact with Adger University of Norway to promote entrepreneurship and business development research clusters between the two institutions of higher learning. Read more

Students Assured of Timely Loan Issuance Present inconveniences concerning issuance of loans to students in higher learning institutions will be a thing of the past should he win the election in October. Read more


August 2015

Varsity Students Locked Out of Polls About 15,000 students from St Joseph University were denied their right to vote. Read more

Young Tanzanian’s Journey to The Prestigious Stanford University The young man has been awarded the Africa MBA programme scholarship to study at the prestigious Stanford University in the United States. He will spend two years studying before coming back to serve in a professional position. Read more


July 2015

We Need to Rid Ourselves of Higher Education Craze To be on the safe side, youth were taught vocational skills at every level of education. Such skills included farming, tailoring, knitting and carpentry. Read more


June 2015

Don’t Expel Students, Varsities Told The government has ordered universities to stop suspending students for failure to pay fees if such students depend on loans from the State. Read more

Move Higher Education from Local Goverment’s Docket, Say MPs The government should immediately remove higher education from the Local Governments docket, MPs have suggested. They made the remark when debating the 2015/16 budget for the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training. Read more


May 2015

Free Food Now Put on Hold at Public Colleges Plans are underway to craft Bills that will make mandatory for pension funds to deduct money from salaries of defaulters of Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB). Read more


April 2015

UDSM Ranks at The Top, But What Does This Mean? The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is this year’s top higher learning institution in the country, out of 25 universities in the country. Read more

The New plagiarism: ‘Write My Thesis for Me’ A great deal of graduates from universities in Tanzania walk out of their campuses half-baked because a large number of them have paid third parties to write their theses and research papers. Read more

Body to Tackle Graduate Skills A platform to bring together business community employers and the academic fraternity in addressing challenges and refine the relevance and quality of graduates produced by universities in the East African region has been established. Read more


March 2015

Strathmore Seeks Over Ksh100m for Scholarships A renowned educationist and one of the founders of Strathmore University seeks to launch a campaign to raise Sh100 million to support needy students. Read more


February 2015

How Varsities are Reviving Dodoma’s Sleepy Economy Economic hardships that Dodoma residents have faced for years are now decreasing due to the mushrooming of universities and colleges which are said to have attracted various business firms and individual traders to invest here. Read more

Rights Group Want Vocational Education Centres for Victims of Childhood Marriage The government has been called upon to build centres where victims of child marriage will undergo vocational training to compensate for the time lost when they were forced to get married. Read more

JK Grants Charter to Aga Khan Varsity The President granted a charter to the Aga Khan University, making it the first foreign-based institution to get the document. Read more

New Policy to Check Arbitrary Fees President Jakaya Kikwete has said the new education policy will regulate arbitrary setting of fees by private schools to ensure quality of education and value for money. Read more

MUHAS Paves Way For Specialized Treatment And Teaching Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) will establish a Centre of Excellence for Cardiovascular Sciences (CoECS) to be located at the Mloganzila Campus in synergy with the MUHAS Teaching Hospital that is currently under construction. Read more

Kairuki Hospital University Founder Remembered The Hubert Kairuki Memorial Hospital University Vice- Chancellor, Prof Keto Mshigeni, has said that the country would be a lot more developed had there been more people like the late Founder of that tertiary institution. Read more


January 2015

Students Vow to Fight Poverty Youth from higher learning institutions have launched a movement aimed at motivating positive change in rural areas where majority of Tanzanians reside. Read more

Awareness Campaign Launched on New Education Policy A Community-Based Organisation in Zanzibar thinks that understanding the ‘New Zanzibar Education Policy’ is important in minimising problems in education. Read more

Dar es Salaam City Mayor Urges Authentic Qualification Verification of Higher Institution Graduates Higher education institutions have been called upon to ensure that they control the quality of the academic credentials offered. Read more

School Urged to Produce Problem Solving Graduates The University of Dar es Salaam Business School has been challenged to produce graduates that will come up with solutions relevant to the local context. Read more

Man Beats Odds to Earn Degree at 74 Even at age 74, his craving for higher education was not over. Read more


December 2014

Prove that You’re Educated Mwalimu Julius Nyerere liked to remind us that a person earns a degree upon demonstrating to professors that one appreciates the level of ignorance so that, after graduation, one becomes even keener on seeking more knowledge. Read more

Mosh Co-operative College Now Full-fledged Varsity for East Africa Mosh Co-operative University has been elevated to a full-fledged institute of higher learning on top of being a Centre of Excellence in Cooperative and Business Management in East Africa. Read more

Help the Varsity Expand, Mzumbe Alumni Advised During ‘Mzumbe Day’, students and all graduates will meet and discuss how to develop one of the oldest higher institutions in the country. Read more

Varsities Urged on Education Link with Development Programmes Where is the link between university initiatives in Tanzania and its national development strategies to systematically equip graduates with entrepreneurial skills, resources and market opportunities? Read more


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