From MEDDY MULISA in Bukoba, 13th June 2011 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 3891
THE opening of the Josiah Kibira University (JoKUCo) which was expected to take place in October, last year has been postponed to October, this year, it has been disclosed.
JoKUCo Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Adednego Keshomshahara told the 'Daily News' on Monday that among reasons which contributed to postponement of opening the University was late inspection by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU).
''To date, we have not received the certificate of inspection from TCU but still we are optimistic that TCU will complete the exercise soon to enable Jokuco finalise arrangements before the university is opened in October, this year,'' he said.
Dr Keshomshahara revealed that a delegation of Senior Officials from TCU visited Bukoba in April, this year and compiled a report to be endorsed by TCU before the University opens.
JokUCo was in final preparations adding that all necessary logistics had been put in place including acquisition of infrastructure, lecturers and 170 computers, he said.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania of the North-West Diocese (ELCT-NWD) has converted Nyakato Teachers's College into a wing of Tumaini University.
The University will be named Josiah Kibira University College (JoKUCo) in honour of the first black African Bishop of the North-Western diocese of the ELCT-NWD, who served the Diocese from 1964 to 1987.
Bishop Josiah Kibira was the first African and Tanzanian to be elected President of the World Federation of Churches (WFC) from 1972 to 1982.
Josiah Kibira was also a teacher and first deputy headmaster of the Diocese's first Secondary school, Nyakato, under a Swedish missionary earlier in the 1950s.
According to Dr Keshomshahara, JoKUCo will initially offer degree programmes in education (science subjects), which are presently only offered by the University of Dar es Salaam.
''This aims at supporting the government in mitigating the shortage of secondary school science teachers, a concern that points to a serious development setback in our country,'' he said.
It is anticipated that in three to five years more degree programmes will follow as the university continues to grow. These will be in business administration, ICT and law.
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