Direct students’ admission in higher learning institutions starts
universities are ready to admit students
who pursue higher learning studies in all universities accredited in the country.
This is after the government had recently diverted its system it used before and
it has now empowered higher learning institutions with full authority to do so
just as it had been doing before. The government’s
call was made public by President Dr. John Magufuli. Before the new changes came
into being, the task was entirely left for Tanzania Commission for Universities
(TCU) who had the mandatory of admitting students to pursue higher learning studies.
MAJOR universities in the country said last week that., they were fully
equipped to expertly handle direct applications from students. University of
Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Vice- Chancellor Professor Rwekaza Mukandala said the
institution has already installed computerized system to handle the
applications. “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,” Prof Mukandala said, hinting that
effective today the university’s programmes will be unveiled on the website. He
was optimistic that the country’s oldest university will get enough qualified
applicants to fill all available slots for each programme. Previously,
aspirants for higher learning institutions applied through the Tanzania
Commission for Universities (TCU), which dictated for students and which
universities to study. But, TCU, in its statement last May, announced the
procedural change in admissions to undergraduate programmes, effective this
2017/18 academic year. Under the new arrangements, higher learning institutions
will directly handle the applications and selections of students for their
respective programmes, with July 22 to August 13 set as the application
timeframe. The change follows President John Magufuli’s directive to TCU to
shift from dealing with applications into regulatory tasks, allowing students
to correctly make choices pertaining to their educational pursuit to suit
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
I also won the AISI-GKP/SDC Media Award special reporting on WSIS process and Africa, and conferred with the award in Tunis, Tunisia during WSIS summit in 2005. See the photo above.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about " Stigma denial and Discrimination" associated with HIV/AIDS. This was organized by theAssociation of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT). On the Photo above President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, ( then the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony.This was at Maelezo auditorium in Dar-es-Salaam September 2005.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about "Vulnerable Children" associated with HIV/AIDS This was organized by the Association of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT)
Winner of the National ICT Media Award organized By SWOPNET in the Country. On the photo above Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Brigadier General ( Rt) Saidi Kalembo was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony which was held at New Sarvoy Hotel in morogoro town.I was awarded a Mobile phone and a tape-recorder.
I participated in the Media Competition in writing about VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Tanzania which was held between July 15th and October 30th 2008 whereby I emerged among the top five winners. The competition was under the program known as “Tanzania bila Ukwimwi inawezekana” which literally means, Tanzania without AIDS disease transmission is possible”. This is a program which was organizedby the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) under TACAIDS funding. In the photo, I am being presented with a certificate of participation by the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Dr. Fatma Mrisho in a colorful ceremony which was held on 22nd December 2008 at Tanzania Information Centre in Dar es Salaam.
I was among the top 17 best selected students who excelled in their final examinations of the 2010/2011 academic year and awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s prize. I scored 4.5 GPA (First Class) in BA in Journalism. Above I am being given a certificate by the Chairman of the Open University of Tanzania Board of Senate. Standing at the centre facing camera is the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tolly Mbwette. Extreme left partly hidden is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Elifas Bisanda. This occasion took place during the convocation meeting, a day before the graduation day at the prospective permanent headquarter of the Open University of Tanzania which is currently under construction at Bungo-Kibaha in Coast region 40 kilometers away west of Dar es Salaam city.