The Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Birla Institute of Technology from India allowing it to offer Masters of Science in Software Engineering, Computer Application and Masters of Science in Information Security starting the next academic year.
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian in Arusha on Friday, IAA’s Rector Prof Johannes Monyo said all the Masters’ degrees have been submitted to the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) for validation.
Prof Monyo also said that partnering with the Indian Institute to offer the degrees will enhance the IAA’s capacity to deliver superior education, values and benefit its students and other stakeholders.
“One of our missions is to use technology and the latest thinking to ensure that the Institute’s graduates are competitive in the global market place. We also act as a hub for stakeholders to meet, learn and share, by perpetual expansion and improvement of human and physical resources” he said.
He said apart from the Indian Institute, IAA is also collaborating with the UK-based Coventry University to offer Masters degrees in Business Administration in Information Technology Management (MBA-ITM), Master of Science - Finance and Investment (MBA-FI) and Master in Business Administration in Logistics Management (MBA-LM).
“I have made a remarkable achievement in four years that I have been here as the head of the institute. So far we have seven bachelors’ degrees and five certificate courses,” he said.
He noted that IAA has increased masters’ students’ enrolment from 71 to 145, adding: “In terms of staff development so far we are training at least ten academic staff up to doctoral degree level in a move to ensure that the institute is gets a good academic team.”
He also revealed the institute’s strategic plan covering 2011/12 to 2015/16 is to ensure that the institute establishes a Small and Medium Enterprises Business Centre by 2013/14.
“In 2012/13 the market survey will be carried out to identify SMEs and their training needs for community support. The budget has been allocated for this activity in 2012/13 from the institute’s budget,” he said.