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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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