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Bandari College eyes becoming  hub of solutions for port challenges

Bandari College eyes becoming hub of solutions for port challenges

THE historic Bandari College of the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is currently undergoing academic reforms in line with government’s efforts to improve capacity of country’s ports.

The college, which is historically posed as a back-up to the ports’ performance by building capacity of human resource, revealed yesterday that it was embracing key reforms that would see it improve its academic performance to produce more competent graduates to serve the ports and transport sector at large.

The College Principal, Dr Lufunyo Hussein made the revelations during the 20th graduation ceremony of the college in Dar es Salaam.

A total of 709 graduates were conferred diploma and certificates, an event that was graced by the Deputy Minister for Works and Transport, Mr Atupele Mwakibete.

Dr Hussein informed the deputy minister that in the reforms, the college has managed to improve and harmonise its curriculum to cope with current demands in the market. The reforms in curriculum were due to the fact that previously the college was operating with outdated curriculum that did not meet required academic standards.

This made it nearly be closed by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE), according to Dr Hussein. He noted that in the past two years the college crafted new curriculum that started being applied this year.

Apart from it, the college has been equipped with two modern simulators for practical training for its students on how to handle cargo. Each simulator costs 1.2bn/-.

One simulator, which consists of Reach Stacker Machine, Forklift and terminal tractor, meant to practically train students how to handle cargo on shore.

The other one, which is called ship to shore simulator consists of ship to shore gantry crane for training students how to offload cargo from vessels.

On other hand, Dr Hussein added that they have now engaged in situation analysis, whose result would put the college at a better position to introduce degree courses. Currently, it offers certificate and diploma courses.

There is also a plan to set up modern ICT laboratory in which staff of the ports as well as government and private agencies working at the ports could be trained how Information Communication Technology (ICT) systems of the TPA’s ports work.

“All these steps are intended to find solutions for challenges facing the Dar es Salaam Port,” he said.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the college, Engineer Tony Swai assured the deputy minister that the board will continue to effectively supervise the college so that it contributes more to improvement of the transport sector.

“This college is very important in development of the Dar es Salaam Port,” said Eng Swai.

Speaking at the event, Mr Mwakibete commended the college for offering courses meant to address port challenges and transport sector in general. He directed the TPA to give priority to graduates from the college when seeking to recruit new employees.

 “It doesn’t make sense that we train youths at this college then we don’t use their skills at our port,” he said.

Eerlier, the TPA Director General, Mr Eric Hamissi, gave assurance that the authority will continue investing in the college by purchasing new teaching equipment to enable it offer quality education. He said that through investment made so far, the college has made big transformation within three years.

He assured of continued support from the TPA to the college.

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