“We need a good number of qualified technicians in the fields of construction, transportation, agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT)”, said the Assistance Director of Higher Education from Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Dr Kenneth Hosea.
He was speaking at the inauguration of Campus France Desk in Dar es Salaam over the weekend. The information desk, located at the Alliance Française will provide students with information on the academic opportunities in France as well as support them in identifying the best programmes and help them to go through administrative requirements such as Visas, and social welfare.
Dr Hosea said that Tanzania is currently in need of railway engineers following construction of the standard gauge railway (SGR). He said a number of technicians will be required during implementation of the 2,100 megawatts Stigler’s Gorge hydropower project at the Rufiji River in Coast Region.
He asserted that since France is among the world’s super powers with high levels of science and technological advancement, it stands a better chance to assist the country in producing qualified technicians in various fields.
“You may choose to offer our youth short courses of between six months and one year”, Dr Hosea noted adding the government has now embarked in a ten years skills development strategy in different sectors.
As the fourth popular destination for international students in the world after US, UK, and Australia, France have a total of 74 public universities, more than 200 schools of engineering, 150 schools of business and management.
French ambassador to Tanzania, Frédéric Clavier noted that his country wishes to enrol many students from East Africa that’s why it is implementing the ‘Welcome to France’ strategy.
Ambassador Clavier noted that a special fund—‘Welcome to France’ has been created and the French government dedicated Euros 10 million to it. He said the fund will be used to increase the number of scholarships of the French government for foreign countries.
He said the French government has announced a series of measures to attract more foreign students to France by simplifying Visa policy and introduction of differentiated registration fees for non-European students.
“In Dar es Salaam we have set up a special reception desk at the Consulate on Wednesday morning specifically for welcoming students”, he said adding that France plans to double the number of university courses offered in English whereby in 2019, there will be more than 1000 courses at Master’s level fully taught in English.
Karima Allaoui is the officer In-charge of Campus France Office; she said that studies in France are good and with low costs. She said the country has many libraries which encouraged students to learn.
She said that France will welcome more foreign students to reach 500,000 by 2027 from the current 320,000. She said the Campus France Desk will also be opened at the University of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
French embassy together with academic stakeholders is implementing the AFRICAE project that aims to develop partnerships between Tanzania and French universities as well as to promote the access to higher education and research in France for Tanzanian students.