The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) has issued conflicting information on honorary degrees offered by the Japan Bible Institute (JBI) Graduate School of Theology and its graduation ceremony held recently in Dar es Salaam.
According to its letter bearing reference number TCU /A .60/2/5 written on March 9, 2009 which was addressed to the JBI Director, the Commission granted the institution permission to conduct the graduation ceremony on March 10, this year.
TCU stated in the letter that the permission had been granted on conditions that the honorary degrees are awarded as ‘spiritual gestures’ and that the JBI submits relevant information to the TCU by March 20, this year for the status of the honorary awards to be “cleared in accordance with the Universities Act”.
However, in an advert published on our sister newspaper, Nipashe, this Tuesday, TCU issued a public announcement that the institute was not legally recognised and its owners had no permit to provide higher learning education in the country.
“Owners of the institute and its representatives, who are in Tanzania, are warned to immediately stop advertising such honorary awards without following proper procedures,” read part of the statement issued by the TCU Executive Secretary.