Cincinnati University to offer scholarships to two PhD students

22Jul 2021
Joseph Mwendapole
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Cincinnati University to offer scholarships to two PhD students

THE United States-based Cincinnati University has agreed to offer scholarships to two PhD students from Tanzania’s Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU).

HKMU Vice Chancellor Prof Charles Mgone told this paper in Dar es Salaam yesterday that  the scholarships are results of collaboration and partnership  with different educational institutions inside and outside the country.

He said that HKMU has been collaborating with different partners to share and benefit from each other’s comparative advantage.

Prof Mgone said in the current strategic plan, the university has established and is in the process of establishing more partnerships with local and international institutions in the areas of research and training.

Some institutions which the university has introduced partnership include the Cincinnati university, University of Kwazulu Natal, western Kentucky University and Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology of China.

Prof Mgone mentioned other universities as Dali University of China, Jnzhou Medical University of China, Jiangxi University of Chinese Medicine, the National Leadership Academies of United States of America (USA) and Indygeneus which is a private enterprise based in Washington and Nairobi.

“These are some of our partners, we are collaborating in many ways including student’s exchange programmes, research and provision of training support to students from abroad who are stranded because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Prof Mgone.

He said that HKMU has established a quality assurance unit which has already prepared several standard operating procedures and guidelines, including standardizing the setting of examinations and handling of examinations results.

According to him, they have improved quality assurance to ensure quality output in all training programmes, research, consultancy and other services offered by the university.

He said during the current five years strategic plan they have established a Psycho-social Wellness Center for students and staff to offer psychological and social support.

He said HKMU monitors and evaluates the five years rolling strategic plan regularly, producing performance reports using it as a tool for measuring the university achievements and lighting their path.

On its Boko Campus, Prof Mgone said that to facilitate financing of the project they have divided the project into two phases and they have already embarked on the first phase where they are now constructing a school of medicine and pharmacy.

He said the construction comprises an eight flour building at the initial cost of 15bn/- which they have already raised. He however said the university is looking for partners to join hands with HKMU to complete the project.

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