Transport Institute ventures into blue economy courses

28Oct 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Transport Institute ventures into blue economy courses

IN a bid to support government's efforts to maximise exploitation of the Indian Ocean and other marine resources, National Institute of Transport, will effective this academic year, start offering courses that include ship building and repairing.

NIT’s rector, Professor Zacharia Mganilwa speaking at a past event.

“This blue economy concept is very important to our economic development and prosperity of the country hence we have introduced a Diploma in Ship Building and Repair programme to build manpower capacity to support the blue economy initiative,” said NIT Rector, Professor Zacharia Mganilwa.

Prof Mganilwa said in Dar es Salaam this week that apart from introducing the ship building and repair diploma programme, the institute will also establish a Bachelor’s Degree in Shipping and Port Logistics Management.

“In 2020/21 academic year, we have also introduce Ordinary Diploma in Shipping and Port Logistics operations as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Naval Architecture aiming at producing local technicians and engineers who will be capable to serve as ship builders,” he said.

The further added that prospective students of the courses need to have basic technician certificate in related field or technician certificate level 5 in related field recognized by National Council for Technical Education.

“Apart from the above requirements for prospective students, they also must possess form four certificate with at least four passes excluding religious subjects; or form six with one principal pass in relevant combination subjects,” he added.

The NIT Rector explained that apart from the new maritime courses introduced, the institute will also introduce more courses to support government efforts to modernise the transport industry and will include Ordinary Diploma in Road and Railway Logistics Operations as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Road and Railway Transport Logistics Management.

“We have introduced such courses on road and railway to support maritime because railway and road means of transport work in tandem with maritime sector in transporting people and goods on land and at sea,” he noted stating that courses in pipeline work, oil and gas engineering are also planned to start in the 2020/21 academic year.

“Qualified welders will be capable of working in Hoima-Tanga oil pipeline project,” Prof Mganilwa said noted saying NIT is looking at all aspects of serving the country’s rapidly changing transport and logistics industry.

The country has over 1,000 kilometres of beach front from Tanga in the north to Mtwara in the south with abundant of resources such fish which have not been fully exploited. Tanzania has three major lakes which it shares with Mozambique and Malawi (Lake Nyasa); Burundi, DR Congo and Zambia (Lake Tanganyika) and Kenya and Uganda (Lake Victoria).