IFM Plans to Offer Doctorates in IT in Tanzania


THE Institute of Finance Management (IFM) will start offering Doctoral Degrees (PhDs) in Information Technology and Management to cater for the growing demand of experts in the industry.

The programme, which will start in October, next year, is a joint initiative between the college and Avinashillingam Deemed University for Women (ADU) of India.

"The infrastructure is there including qualified lecturers, so what we are looking at now is how to move forward", he said.

The college's Acting Rector, Dr Suleiman Mohamed, told the 'Daily News' during the sidelines of the 4th graduation ceremony for the MSc IT and Management on Tuesday that the demand for professionals in IT is a matter of urgency.

The ADU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sheela Ramachandran, who also attended the occasion, said that the idea was good and promised maximum support to make it happen. "We are willing to enrol students to come to our college in India and do their research", Dr Ramachandran

ADU is a government owned institution. Currently, IFM and ADU are running a joint Masters of Science in IT and Management programme, which has just entered a fourth year with 140 graduates.

The IFM Board Chairperson, Dr Natu Mwamba, urged the Indian partners to create a mechanism that would allow the masters' degree graduates to proceed for PhDs at ADU.

"If possible, this mechanism should be in place and the joining instructions made available to the Tanzania students", she said.

She made a special appeal to the Indian college to give women a priority to 'balance the gender issue".

The IFM computing and IT Department started in 1995 with ten students in certificate level programme. Over the last 15 years, the Department has improved enrollment to over 1,500 students.

The MSc in IT and Management started in 2005 to pave the way for undergraduates to further improve their skills.