HKMU to offer scholarships to underprivileged students

20Jul 2021
Joseph Mwendapole
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
HKMU to offer scholarships to underprivileged students

THE Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU) has introduced a special fund for its development projects, research and scholarships to underprivileged students who wish to study at the university.

The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Charles Mgone made the remarks yesterday in Dar es Salaam when briefing HKMU Chancellor, Anne Makinda on implementation of its third development plan, 2018-2023.

Makinda visited the university’s campuses at Mikocheni and Boko in the city.

He said during implementation of the plan, HKMU has recorded a number of successes including the increase in students’ enrolment from 311 in the 2018/2019 academic year to 430 in 2020/2021.

He said they have introduced a new course in social work whereas they offer certificates, diplomas and bachelor degree.

Prof Mgone said the first phase construction of the Boko campus comprises lecture halls and seminar rooms, teaching and research laboratories, student and staff cafeteria, offices, health center and a conference hall. The project is estimated to cost about 121bn/- upon completion.

He said they have divided the project into two phases whereas the first phase includes construction of a school of medicine and pharmacy. The university has so far spent 15bn/- in constructing the eight storeys building.

 

On expansion and the effectiveness of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) department, Prof Mgone said the intention is to embrace and maximize the use of ICT for improved effectiveness, efficiency, research provision of service, financial resource management and quality assurance training.

He said they have integrated the university’s online student information portal with and the accounting package-pastel with CRDB bank systems to allow online payments and real time bank reconciliations.

“We have also developed and are deploying an ambitious programme for digital transformation which is estimated to cost around 3.6bn/- over five years. This is part of our drive towards having a smart campus,” he added.

HKMU chancellor, Anne Makinda commended efforts by the university management and staff which she said would improve its services.

“I know this university for many years, despite the demise of the founder, it has continued to be stronger. Other institutions don’t survive after the demise of their founders but you are an extraordinary,” said Makinda promising to continue working closely with the university to ensure it remains one of the reputable colleges in the world.

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