Scholar lays accent on better higher education for faster development

20Jan 2019
Mtapa Wilson
Guardian On Sunday
Scholar lays accent on better higher education for faster development

TANZANIA needs to put emphasis on higher education, scientific research and innovation with industrialization so as to increase the pace of economic development.

This could also meet the social aspiration of its people through job creation and income generation.

The advice was given on Friday in Dar es Salaam by Vice-Chancellor of the Indian-based Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women Dr. Premavathy Vijayan during the Institute of Finance Management’s (IFM) 11th graduation ceremony for graduates in Master of Science in Information Technology and Management degree.

She said as the 2030 agenda of the International Association of Universities aimed at transforming the globe, the quality of higher education was a key element for sustainable development.

According to her, multiple and diverse responsibilities of higher education were ultimately key to the well-being of the world and were the first step in dealing constructively with challenges in the country, such as unemployment.

“Successful universities are those capable of being proactive, imaginative and which provides a unique environment that prepares students to be innovative and thinkers with the ability to grasp a wide array of skills and comprise the most adaptable workforce the world has ever known.

“Change is not easy.  Educational institutions should plan on global thinking and build a confident human force to undergo the challenges,” she said.

Therefore, innovation and adaptation are key words now more than ever before in international higher education infrastructure and in a global development institutions.

Dr. Vijayan added that with a world population of 7 billion people and limited natural resources, higher educational institutions had a major responsibility to move from traditional disciplinary limitations towards intellectual fusion and developing a culture of academic enterprise and knowledge entrepreneurship.

“The greatest challenge of any country is to build its human resources with great competencies required to create a beautiful living place. At this point, the role of higher educational institutions is to design environmental demands to groom world class human resources,” she added.

IFM’s Rector Prof. Tadeo Satta, for his part, said information technology was a focal point of revolution in which computer and management skills drive innovation across a wide spectrum of business.

“The MSc in IT and Management programme addresses that need by providing combined skills of management, software and networking technologies.  The programme has produced more than 270 graduates since its inception at IFM,” he said.

According to Prof. Satta, now that the government had set an ambitious 2025 agenda for industrialization and a middle economy country in which ICT disciplines are central to the agenda since it promotes policy attention, it can foster the creation of decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

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