ARDHI University (ARU), has received 67.7bn/ from Higher Education for Economic Transformation project (HEET) which is funded by World Bank (WB) for expansion of the institution.
This was revealed yesterday by ARU Vice Chancellor, Professor Evaristo Liwa, during the 16th graduation ceremony that was held at the varsity premises in Dar es Salaam.
During the ceremony a total of 943 graduates were conferred with Degrees, Masters Degrees and PhDs by the university Chancellor retired Chief Judge Othman Chande, among them 883 first degree, 52 Masters Degree, six PhDs and one Diploma.
Professor Liwa said HEET is the project of its kind to be implemented at the university since its establishment because it will change the size of the teaching infrastructures and various teaching facilities including new curriculum to align with the expansion of the university.
Professor Liwa said within HEET project, ARU concentrate in the implementation of eight key areas including construction of new infrastructures and new campus in Mwanza.
He said they have also acquired 378 hectors of land for construction of new campus in Mwanza and the preparations of strategic plan which include drawings have started.
The VC added that for the Dar es Salaam campus they have already completed drawings which involve four new buildings and they have also in hand building permit.
Professor Liwa said the construction of Dar es Salaam campus is scheduled to start in March next year after the completion of procurement procedures from the consultant and contractor of the project.
“This project of Dar es Salaam Campus will be implemented in line with our strategic plan and we expect to be completed in 2024. As you all know that we are the only university which has experience in constructions industry so our internal experts have helped us a lot in the preparations of drawings and documents,” said Professor Liwa
Meanwhile, Professor Liwa said in the academic year the university has successfully enrolled 2,035 undergraduate students and 86 Masters students which is the increment of 1.3 percent compared to the enrollment done in the past academic year.
Either, he said the increment is not huge compared to the university target which is to increase the enrollment from the current 6,657 students to 11,000 students by the year 2029.
On her side, the university Chairperson of the Governing Council, Ambassador Salome Sijaona, said the university has continued with implementation of its responsibilities to bring changes not only to the university but to the nation at large.
She said in all its undertakings, the governing council of the university has all the time considered directives and policy from the government.
“I would like to ensure you Chancellor that ARU has strong foundation in the implementation of its obligations so as to bring the intended goals and I would like to commend the Vice Chancellor and the whole management team for tremendous job and will soon this university shine among the best university not only in Tanzania but the whole East Africain,” she said
Ambassador Sijaona said the good management of the university is a reason of positive and quick results adding that she hope the speed and the efficiency of the management will be sustainable to make sure the intended goals for ARU establishment are realized.