Plans underway for UDSM ultra-modern student centre
25th November 2010
PLANS are underway for the construction of an ultramodern multi-purpose student centre at the University of Dar es Salaam, the project initiated as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the university.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Rwekaza Mukandala told the media in Dar es Salaam on Thursday that completion of the 17bn/- worth complex project would cater for a computer centre, a spacious library, shopping malls, resting locations and other purposes.
"Partly as an investment, the centre will generate some income which will largely be directed to the office of the students' organization in support of the organization's leadership duties," Prof Mukandala explained
Registration of more students at affiliated DUCE, Chang'ombe and Mkwawa campuses increased in the number to 18,000 of students at the University of Dar es Salaam.
More facilities for accommodation are required.
He said the university has fulfilled the country's ambition as advocated by Mwalimu Nyerere that by 1980 the university should be in a position to produce a good number of professionals to build the nation.
Flanked by Prof Makenya Maboko and Prof Yunus Mgaya both from the University of Dar es Salaam, the Vice-Chancellor took the opportunity to inform the general public that the University of Dar es Salaam was due to celebrate its Golden Anniversary in October 25, 2011.
He said over the last 50 years the university had fulfilled its key responsibility of producing knowledge and providing higher education to generations of Tanzanians, Africans and other people of the world.
"The occasion of the 50th Anniversary provides an opportunity for the University to take stock of its past efforts and seriously reflect on its future directions and aspirations. To reflect these underlying objectives, the celebrations will be marked under the dictum: "Advancing Knowledge, Creating Futures."
The Annual General Convocation Meeting which opens at the University today under the theme; "Towards 50 Years of the University of Dar es Salaam, explained the Vice- Chancellor, would mark the beginning of yearlong celebrations of the University's Golden Anniversary. The launching ceremony will be graced by the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda.
The President of the Convocation, Justice Joseph Warioba had shown strong support to the construction of the student centre, whereby different stakeholders from within and outside the country would be involved in fund raiser for the project. About 1.2bn/- has been collected so far.
The University of Dar es Salaam was born out of a decision taken in 1970 to split the then University of East Africa into three independent universities; Makerere University (Uganda), University of Nairobi (Kenya) and University of Dar es Salaam.
Famous alumni include President Jakaya Kikwete, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, the late President Laurent-Desire Kabila of Democratic Republic of the Congo, the late John Garang, former Vice-President of Sudan and Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.
Interviewed students Linus Herman and Tausi Jumanne both second year students in different faculties spoke of the problem of accommodation.
"It is extremely difficult to concentrate for private studies in the local rented houses. Halls of residents for all students would be appropriate and students' learning ability will not be undermined," Tausi explained