By Ivan Naijuka
The Prime Minister of Tanzania The Rt. Hon. Kassim Majaliwa has hailed Uganda Christian University for educating Tanzanian students.
Speaking at the sidelines of the recent Tanzania Commission for Universities’ Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation exhibition in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Mr. Majaliwa also expressed hope and optimism at UCU graduates.
Mr. Majaliwa who inspected selected exhibition stalls including that of UCU, shared a light moment with UCU staff and Alumni about being the only Ugandan university that participated in the regional exhibition.
He applauded UCU when he learnt that UCU has trained some Tanzanian alumni, “Do you only train Christians? Since you are a Christian institution?”, he asked jokingly. “But thank you for training our children. We hope for the best out of them,” he said. During the on spot admissions, a sizeable number of Tanzania students filled UCU admission forms.
TZ alumni vow to promote UCU
After the exhibition, a UCU team comprising staff from the Communications and Marketing department and the Admissions Office shared a meal with the UCU alumni in and around Dar es Salaam.
The alumni appreciated UCU for remembering and honoring them in their land.“I feel the love I used to feel while I was at UCU, am really proud of my university”, said Arnaud Gahimbare, a UCU alumnus working as a Network Administrator with the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania. On the other hand, Joseph Mabiti pledged to be a UCU ambassador in Tanzania. “Whether you want it or not, I will talk about UCU in Tanzania as long as I get the opportunity”, he said amidst cheers from other alumni.
What makes UCU tick?
Other alumni, such as Sheila Godfrey Kaisi who did Bachelors of Public Administration and Management at UCU made a convincing case for more Tanzanians students to study at UCU, “When you apply for a course at UCU, you will not regret, you will have confidence.
You will be equipped with many things which are not taught here in Tanzania. For instance in Uganda they use English, which is a plus for someone from Tanzania where we speak mostly English. It means you will be able to express yourself in two languages.”
Favourable tuition payment
She told prospective Tanzanian students at UCU, “You are also lucky, now foreign students pay in Uganda shillings, for us we used to pay in dollars,” she added. Besides paying in Ugandan currency, the university also recently introduced a fixed tuition policy that permits UCU students to pay a uniform amount from entry to completion of their studies.”
The exhibition that took place at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania lasted for four days, from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th July 2017. Under the theme, “Higher Education and industrialization”, the exhibition attracted more than 80 higher education institutions, regulatory, professional and research bodies within and outside Tanzania.