Minister Waitara hails NIT for introducing new railway courses


Waitara said at the 37th graduation ceremony in Dar es Salaam on Friday that the introduction of new naval architecture and marine engineering courses as well as rail transport courses was an important step in the country’s development. . Waitara said the courses introduced will help foster rapid economic growth.

He noted that the three courses will help reduce the burden on the government to send students for training abroad. “I am delighted to hear that NIT has continued to expand the scope of training in this important sector, including self-reliance in all modes of transport,” he noted.

The deputy minister expressed the government’s commitment to address the challenges facing the NIT, including the deterioration of infrastructure and buildings, the shortage of teachers and their offices, but also student dormitories.

“The government will continue to work with the Institute to ensure that these challenges are resolved, but I also urge the leadership of NIT to continue to use its own revenues to resolve some of these challenges,” he said. declared.

In his remarks welcoming Waitara, Rector of NIT, Professor Zacharia Mganilwa said that the number of students admitted to the Institute is increasing every year, resulting in an increase in the number of professionals in the transport sector.

“Over the past five years, the number of students has increased by 67%, from 7,752 in 2016/17 to 12,980 students in 2021/22,” said Prof Mganilwa. He said that currently, NIT has a total of 346 staff members of which 224 are academic staff.

“Compared to the real needs of the Institute, the number of staff is low, especially for academic staff. The situation is forcing the NIT to spend a lot of money paying for part-time lecturers to fill in the gaps, ”noted Professor Mganilwa.

He said the Institute has continued to build the capacity of its faculty and staff by sending them abroad to upgrade their capacities. The Rector of the NIT informed that in the academic year 2020/21, a total of 65 staff members were undertaking various studies, including 30 in PhD and another 30 in Masters and five in undergraduate studies.

Regarding the aviation sector, Professor Mganilwa said the government, through the Tanzania Airports Authority, had provided NIT with a 60 hectare site located at Kilimanjaro International Airport for the construction of a hangar. .

“In the region, the Institute will build training facilities, including an aircraft maintenance workshop, student hostels and staff quarters as part of a World Bank-funded project. The construction process started where we are currently carrying out an environmental impact assessment, ”he said while adding that the Institute has established a Center of Excellence in operations. aviation and transport (CoEATO) within the framework of the project financed by the World Bank.