THE Stefano Moshi Memorial University College (SMMUCo) is eyeing enrolling more students, following completion of the construction of Machame Campus.
The move will also see the University College roll out more courses to keep with the pace of enrollment, according to the Head Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT), Bishop Dr Frederick Shoo.
“The campus will introduce new science and business curriculum, a move which would double the number of scholars at the college,” stated the Bishop while officiating a tree planting ceremony at the college’s Machame area.
Bishop Shoo further revealed that the University College had already started admitting Diploma and Certificate course students through its subsidiary institution, the Masoka Professionals Training Institute (MPTI), located within the Moshi Municipality.
According to the ELCT Head, the proposed Machame campus is expected to commence its operations in the next academic year.
Commenting on the tree planting exercise, Bishop Dr Shoo said the college has set itself a target of planting 10,000 trees before the learning session takes off.
“The tree planting exercise here at Machame campus is part of ELCT’s Northern Diocese strategy of beautifying and making the region green…we’ve in fact set ourselves a target of planting an average of 10,000 trees,” he said.
Earlier, SMMUCo Acting Rector, Dr Gasper Mpehongwa said the college had a total of 550 students pursuing different kind courses and educational programmes provided by the institution.
“We are currently offering courses related to social science, completion of the Machame campus will expand the scope of courses offered by SMMUCo,” he pointed out.
Regarding the tree planting exercise, Dr Mpehongwa said it will help to improve the surroundings of the college as well as in training during environmental related studies.
SMMUCo is one of the Constituent Colleges of Tumaini University Makumira.
The University College inherited the buildings of Masoka Management Training Institute, an institute established by the ELCT Northern Diocese in 1991, to train personnel for the Church and the nation and taught programmes leading to Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.