Shortage of land experts facing Tanzania for a number of years will soon become a history, after Ardhi University increased students’ enrollment.
For the past three years, students’ enrollment at the varsity has increased by 60 percent, the Vice Chancellor Prof Idrissa Mshoro said.
Speaking at the Sixth Graduation ceremony held at weekend in Dar es Salaam, Prof Mshoro said the university enrolled 2,126 students in 2009/10, while in the year 2011/12 it has enrolled 3,394 students.
Of them, 3,195 are studying for a bachelor’s degree, 191 for masters and PhD degrees, he said.
Prof Mshoro said, the number of women students has increased from 530 enrolled in 2009/10 to 1,044 registered in the 2011/12 academic year.
“For the 2012/13 academic year, our university has enrolled 1,018 First Year students including 292 women and 726 men which make a total of 3,670 students so far registered,” he said. According to the ARU corporate plan, the University will register 7,741 students by the year 2015.
“We have to improve the infrastructure and increase the number of teaching equipment for the university to reach its targets without affecting the quality of education,” he said.
He said the University has succeeded in implementing the first medium term rolling strategic plan which ended last year.
This year, he said, the university purchased computers and laboratory equipment, improved library and use of information communication technology.
“We have continued to ensure that our various programmes are known to professional bodies, he said, citing, the National Board of Auditors and Accountants (NBAA).
He said for the first time, the board has approved the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance course which is run by the university for the past two years.
The VC also said in a move to improve the quality of education, the university has reviewed its 21 teaching programmes after receiving comments from various stakeholders.
“We have reviewed the programmes in order to increase student’s confidence, professionalism and public speaking after completing their studies,” he asserted.
According to him, the review whose implementation starts this year will enable students to get ready into the labour market in East Africa and beyond.
A total of 538 students graduated this year and were conferred with various degrees whereas last year only 421 students graduated.
For her part, the ARU council chairperson, Thabit Siwale, thanked the government for its support to the university urging graduates to be good leaders and promote it by working hard and improving efficiency in their respective workplaces.
She said in a move to improve good governance, the council has approved establishment of the audit committee which would oversee all matters pertaining to the university development.