SUA to spend 9bn/- to erect teaching infrastructures

THE Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) plans to spend about 9bn/- for the construction of new teaching infrastructures and sponsoring its staff for further education.

The funds were received from the government as part of the first phase of the Higher Education for Economic Transformation Project (HEET).

Speaking during the University visit by the Education, Culture and Sports Parliamentary Standing Committee, SUA vice Chancellor Prof Raphael Chibunda, said that the funds will be dedicated to renovating and raising new buildings which are used for teaching and learning at its campuses and hence, improve quality of education.

“The funds will be used to construct dormitories and lecture halls, one at the Solomon Mahlangu Campus and the other on the Mizengo Pinda Campus in the Katavi region.

Additionally, the funds will be used to construct three teaching buildings in Morogoro main campus and Mizengo Pinda campus,” he said.

He added that the funds will also be used to construct a multipurpose kitchen at Mizengo Pinda Campus and expand training workshops and their facilities.

Moreover, the university plans to spend part of the HEET fund to finance further training for their academic and non-academic staff, including sending 62 staff members for further studies abroad and locally.

The university will also fund long and short training for laboratory technicians, machine operators and other staff members.

The HEET project is financed by the World Bank as a loan to the Tanzanian government, coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, and implemented by universities and other institutions under the ministry’s jurisdiction.

The parliamentary committee’s Vice-Chairperson, Ms Husna Sekiboko congratulated the University for the good plans of spending HEET money to realise projects which will bring about quality education.

She reminded the University to invest more in solving economic challenges facing society, especially investing more research in various fields, especially in agriculture and animal husbandry.

“SUA should cooperate with local government authorities to look for a good way to conduct and convey research outcomes to the rural areas to farmers and breeders so that they can improve methods of production of food and commercial crops as well as better breeding production,” she insisted.

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