DODOMA: THE Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) plans to introduce two new business-related courses to help produce highly skilled professionals in the country’s development planning sector.
The IRDP’s Deputy Rector for Academics, Research and Consultancy Prof Provident Dimoso, stated that the courses are aimed at producing experts who can effectively and professionally use ICT and Accounting and Finance Management to improve the performance of the country’s development planning sector.
The IRDP will offer certificates and diplomas in Accounting and Finance Management and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from the 2024/25 academic year, he said noting that the training will be tailored to align with development planning issues.
The introduction of these courses, which have been approved by the National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NACTVET), comes after thorough research conducted by the Dodoma-based university, he said.
The research revealed that a majority of development planning experts in Tanzania lack knowledge and skills in ICT, as well as Accounting and Finance Management.
“By offering these programmes, we aim to meet the current market demand, as many employers have expressed concerns about the lack of planning experts with the necessary knowledge in these two important components of development planning,” expressed Prof Dimoso.
As part of the preparations for the programmes, the state-owned college has already hired high-profile trainers to prepare the prospective students who will enrol in the courses.
“In addition to recruiting new trainers, we have also sponsored our staff to acquire the necessary knowledge from overseas to ensure that we produce the best experts who can meet the current demand in the country’s development planning sector,” added Prof Dimoso.
He also mentioned that a modern cloud-connected computer lab has been established to facilitate smooth training for the ICT students. The lab is equipped with 165 modern wireless computers and various programmes related to ICT studies.
“We have entered into a contract with the Tanzania Research Network (TERNET) to provide us with fast and reliable internet services for the lab to operate more effectively,” unveiled Prof Dimoso.
Furthermore, the university is currently working to improve its student admission guidelines to establish criteria and qualifications that applicants must possess to qualify for the new courses.
Additionally, the IRDP has introduced a special programme to offer a variety of short courses aimed at building the capacity of workers from the central government, regional administration, local government, public institutions and private entities.
These courses are designed to provide useful knowledge to workers in both the public and private sectors on how to carry out their daily roles.
The courses include strategy planning, corporate social responsibility, budget preparation and supervision, project monitoring and evaluation, cost and benefit analysis in projects, feasibility studies, strategic project document preparation, risk management, population planning and land use planning.