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Arusha to host Higher Education conference today

13th September 2012
Prof Joseph Kuzilwa

Higher learning institutions in Tanzania are expected to convene in Arusha for the 4th Higher Education Forum scheduled for today.

The Forum is organised by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals Tanzania (CVCPT) in collaboration with Trust Africa. Mzumbe University Vice-Chancellor Prof Joseph Kuzilwa is the committee’s chairman.

Members of CVCPT include vice-chancellors, principals and provosts of all public and private universities and university colleges and the executive secretary of the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU).

The main theme for the forum is ‘Good governance for sustainable quality university education in Tanzania.'

According to information from the Directorate of Communication and Information of Mzumbe University, signed by its director, Rainfrida Ngatunga, the forum will be opened by Vice-President Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal.

“The main objective of the forum is to bring together key stakeholders in the higher education to share experience and best practices on university good governance as a strategy to address current and future challenges facing universities in Tanzania,” the release read in part.

According to Ngatunga, specific objectives of the forum are to assess the quality of governance structures and the extent to which they facilitate or hinder good governance in universities; to examine challenges facing the institutions and how good governance may provide solutions.

The Forum is also expected to develop joint strategies for improving good governance in universities.

Participants of this forum will be permanent secretaries of different ministries, chairpersons of university councils, vice-chancellors, principals and provosts, deputy vice-chancellors, deputy principals and university provosts.

Commissioned papers include Governance and performance of universities in Tanzania: Trends and challenges; Governance structures, processes, relationships and opportunities in running universities, and Students Governance and democratisation of universities.

Others will be the role of information communication technology (ICTs) in university governance in Tanzania; Governance, interdependencies and linkages amongst higher education institutions in Tanzania, and workload models and human resource management in universities in Tanzania: what can we learn from each other. CVCPT was established under Section 53 of the Universities Act, No.7 of 2005.

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