Zanzibar Chief Secretary, Zena Said made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday when she visited the GEL pavilion at the ongoing universities exhibitions organised by Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) at Mnazi Mmoja in Dar es Salaam.
The exhibitions involve different higher learning institutions including 10 overseas universities Chandigarh, Lovely Professional University (LPU), CT, Maharish Makandeshwar, Pandeet Deendayal Energy, Sharda, Rayat Bahra vya India and VN Karazan, Sum State of Ukraine, which came under the umbrella of GEL.
The Chief Secretary noted that since some of the university courses are offered in the country, students have been searching for available opportunities in overseas universities for their higher learning education.
“Our universities cannot accommodate all qualified students, that’s why they are looking for opportunities outside the country. I commend you for connecting our students and making arrangements for their studies. I appreciate the universities that are ready to receive our students,” she said.
Earlier, GEL director, Abdulmalick Mollel said his company has been collaborating with overseas universities in connecting Tanzanian students who wish to study in their universities including exchange program.
Mollel said some overseas universities have pledged to open campuses in Tanzania and sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate with local universities.
“We can have our students studying two years in Tanzania and finish their courses in India, Ukraine or anywhere around the globe. Students from other countries can complete their studies in Tanzania,” he said, calling upon local universities to grab the opportunities.
He said the overseas universities would like to open campuses in Tanzania to offer courses that are not available at local universities but are in high demand.