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[June 27, 2014]
CBE Launches Doctoral Studies
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE College of Business Education (CBE) in collaboration with the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) has launched the international multidisciplinary doctoral studies.
The programme will be the first in Tanzania, East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) regions, due to a combination of expertise from diverse fields and intensive interactive work between students and supervisors through the internet.
The CBE Rector, Prof Emmanuel Mjema, said at the event held in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that the programme sought to address the current development problems in key sectors of the economy like agriculture, business, energy and transport.
For example, for students doing doctoral studies on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be required to channel their research work to produce ICT tools that address local development problems relevant to Tanzania, EAC and SADC regions.
"In Tanzania, doctoral candidates are expected to come up with ICT tools which could lift farmers or street vendors from barriers to growth so that they may contribute to improved livelihoods and economic development," he noted.
To begin with, he said the first batch programme constitutes CBE lecturers who were selected based on competent research works, but after six months enrolment will be open to the rest in the country and the eastern and southern regions.
He added, "The enrolment to the doctoral programme will follow the same structure of candidates who can produce competitive research papers, with an ultimate goal of molding and getting experts of high and international standards." Prof Mjema said the CBE hub would be of significance because it will cut down costs which were formerly involved in travelling or staying in Finland, to both doctoral candidates as well as governments which have been making massive investment.
The Chairman of the governing body, Prof Matthew Luhanga, said the ICT tools developed by doctoral candidates as part of their research are expected to have a practical regional impact on development challenges facing the countries in the two regions.
The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Mr Uledi Musa, said the government would provide all the necessary support for the success of the programme.
"It is the responsibility of the academia to bring the lost hope to the people through detailed and extensive research work. They should not only criticise but provide alternative solutions to people's problems," he said.
Copyright Tanzania Daily News. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com).
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