The call was made over the weekend by the Director of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Prof Sylvia Temu, when closing the 5th Muhas Scientific Conference in Dar es Salaam.
“Including non-traditional stakeholders will make sure that graduates in the health sector are fit for various practices and will be able to employ themselves” the Director said.
She added that as the universities were pivotal in identifying and imparting knowledge, skills and competencies to healthcare personnel, it was important, therefore, that their programmes were based on evidence from educational research and practice.
She urged Muhas to continue improving the quality of its graduates through research in health professionals education.
According to Prof Temu, sustainable development will not be achieved through basic science and clinical research alone, but also through health professionals’ education research.
“This will ensure that the nation gets graduates that are competent, critical thinkers and analysts who can tackle the nation’s future health challenges.” Prof Temu said.
The director noted that in Africa there was little investment in research even though the continent accounts for 14 per cent of the world’s population.
She said the future of research and development in Africa rested in the hands of its young scientists, but there was little done to support them.
Prof Temu called on universities and policy makers to put in place strategies to strengthen their working relationship to ensure that graduates that were produced were competent and able to assist Tanzania to achieve its development goals.
The director also asked the university to groom youth to become active researchers since research and innovation were part of their programme. She urged the university management to promote a culture of research amongst students.