St. Joseph University In Tanzania (SJUIT) acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Innocent Ngalinda made the appeal yesterday in Dar es Salaam during the ceremony to bid farewell to five students of computer science engineering who are proceeding to India to complete their last year of Diploma programme.
While in India the students are expected to sharpen and enhance their skills as they will learn more practically. There are a total of 80 students pursuing Diploma in Computer Science Engineering at SJUIT.
Prof Ngalinda said the university has been taking students abroad to complete their last learning year. He said the programme is for both, diploma and degree students on computer science engineering.
“We are taking you abroad so that you become experts in computer science engineering. Concentrate in your studies and avoid doing part time jobs”, he said urging the students to maintain discipline throughout their studies.
Prof Ngalinda explained that there are incidences where Tanzanian students who went abroad for studies had been concentrating in part time jobs instead of pursuing in their studies, the thing that affects their performance as well as their future plans.
The acting Vice Chancellor noted that SJUIT offers quality education that equips youth with current technological skills.
“Selected students do not contribute any money to go for studies abroad, we issue the fees they pay to SJUIT to sponsor their studies. This is our strategy since we aim to generate not only qualified and quality but experts in computer science engineering”, said Prof Ngalinda.
One of the students travelling to India, Sky Karoli said: “This is an opportunity for us to further enhance our skills. We expect to get quality education that will turn us into experts”.
Another student, George Temu said they will learn how other countries had managed to advance in technology, and will bring the knowledge back to Tanzania.
Temu challenged other local universities to initiate similar programmes of taking abroad students since it helps sharpen their skills and improve the quality of education in the country.