“We want our graduates to be job creators and not job seekers, we capacitate them to employ themselves instead of waiting for formal employment,” said Prof Eliamini Sedoyeka, Rector of the institute when addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Prof Sedoyeka was speaking at the ongoing 15th higher learning exhibition organised by the Tanzania Commission for University (TCU). More than ten universities and colleges from across the country are participating at the event.
He added that the review of the university curriculum is meant to enable students to have knowledge needed in the job market as well as being able to start their own projects.
“The institute has introduced the entrepreneurship college to groom enrolled students with needed skills for manufacturing of hand made products,” Prof Sedoyeka said.
The rector said that during the Covid-19 outbreak, IAA trained students on how to make hand rubs, liquid soaps and personal protective equipment (PPE). He said the project helped a number of students to generate their own revenues.
“Many students and graduates are now joining the programme, we also connect them with the markets as well as enable them to participate in trade fairs where they showcase their hand made products,” he said noting that students are now aware of the benefits of entrepreneurship.
Prof Sedoyeka further said that they have also introduced courses on business management and Chinese language classes to prepare students to be more competent in business and be able to interact with people from foreign countries including China.
“There are growing business opportunities in China; the number of Chinese tourists coming into the country is also increasing yearly. We want our graduates to be able to communicate with them and establish business networks,” he noted.
IAA has also introduced a new course in banking and insurance where students get an opportunity to practice what they have learnt in classes.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Executive Secretary of the Tanzania Commission for University (TCU) Prof Charles Kihampa said the commission has strengthened its curriculum monitoring system for issuance of accreditation to ensure provision of quality education at the higher learning institutions.
He said the commission has until June this year issued 291 accreditations to universities. He said that earlier the commission had planned to issue 200 university accreditations.