UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM
UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (SOED)

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PhD VIVA VOCE

Candidate Name

Nziku, Constancia

 

Registration Number

2016-07-00082

University of Dar es Salaam

School of Education

Qualifications attained

 

Constancia Nziku obtained Bachelor degree in Arts with Education in 2008 at University of Dar es Salaam, majoring in Geography and History. Since then, Constancia has been working with Diocesan secondary schools in Morogoro region. In 2003 she completed Master’s degree in Educational Management and Administration at the same institution. From 2016 to date, Constancia is a PhD in education (coursework) candidate. In 2019 January, she was employed by Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations, Management and Life Long Learning (EFMLL)

Title of Dissertation/Thesis

The influence of Internationalisation on Higher Education Policies and Practices in Tanzania: A case of Study of the University of Dar es Salaam

Date of Viva Voce

05th April, 2022

Venue

Board Room, SoED

Time

10.00 a.m

Supervisors

Dr. George Kahangwa/Dr. Stephen Mabagala

Thesis Abstract

 

This study investigated the influence of internationalisation on Higher Education (HE) policies and practices in Tanzania. The study was guided by four research objectives: to examine the education policies informing the Internationalisation of Higher Education (IoHE) in Tanzania; to investigate the internationalisation practices embraced by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) through students and staff mobility; to explore the benefits gained by the university through students and staff mobility; to investigate the challenges of internationalisation through students and staff mobility in HE and measures to address the challenges. The study was anchored on the Cultural Political Economy of Education (CPEE) theory. It was further guided by interpretivist research paradigm and qualitative research approach informed by single case study design. The study involved 41 participants: 3 officials from the Directorate of Policy Planning and Development, 2 officials from the Directorate of HE, the Director of internationalisation, 3 internationalisation administrative officers, 13 academic staff, 10 local students and 9 international students. Data were generated through interviews, Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) and documentary reviews. The findings revealed that internationalisation through students and staff mobility was advocated through Education and Training Policy (ETP) of 1995, the National Higher Education Policy (NHEP) of 1999 and Education and Training Policy (ETP) of 2014. However, the UDSM had no independent internationalisation policy and instead; it utilised the UDSM Vision 2011-2061 and the UDSM Corporate Strategic Plan 2014–2023 to implement internationalisation activities. Moreover, the UDSM practised internationalisation through mobility of students and staff in diverse ways, including sending students and academic staff abroad for knowledge search, recruiting international students, establishing bilateral exchange programme and searching for various scholarships to enhance mobility of students and staff. In addition, the UDSM established different programmes to attract international students, to encourage international visitors for academic purposes, to establish joint degree programmes with internationally reputable universities, to recruit international faculty and scholars, and to enhance collaborative research. It was revealed further that the implementation of IoHE benefited the UDSM in academic, economic, social-cultural and political aspects. Moreover, the UDSM encountered numerous challenges in practising internationalisation through mobility of students and staff. The identified challenges include lack of independent institutional internationalisation policy, inadequate funds, poor infrastructure, brain drain, insufficient qualified academic staff, insufficient international teaching and learning materials, bureaucracies in acquiring visa and study permits, and credit transfers. In order to handle the identified challenges, the UDSM established collaborations with other reputable universities in research projects and degree programmes, and increased participation in global research and international conferences. The institution also searched for scholarships in diverse countries, and utilised UDSM alumni to advertise the institution to widen its visibility. Furthermore, the UDSM constructed a new international and standard library. The study concluded that IoHE through students and staff mobility is weakened by the identified challenges. It is thus, recommended that the UDSM needs to speed up the process of approving institutional internationalisation policy for effective implementation of internationalisation through mobility; and to devote more resources with a view to mitigating the challenges that impede the implementation of IoHE. More importantly, there is a need to strike a balance between the partnering universities for mutual benefits.

 

P
anel Members

No

Name

Designation

Rank

Unit

1.

Prof. A. Ishumi

Chairman

Professor

Emeritus

SoED- EFMLL

2.

Dr. Hillary Dachi

Representing

External Examiner

S/Lecturer

SoED- EFMLL

3.

Dr. Afrael Sarakikya

Internal Examiner

 

Lecturer

SoED- EMFLL

4.

Dr. George Kahangwa

 

Candidate’s Supervisor

S/Lecturer

SoED- EMFLL

5.

Dr. Nkanileka Mgonda

Head of the relevant department (or his/her appointee)

S/Lecturer

SoED- EMFLL

6.

Dr. Ahadi Anania

Co-opted Member (appointed by College/School/Institute

Lecturer

SoED- EMFLL

7.

Dr. Albert Tarmo

Co-opted Member (appointed by College/School/Institute

Lecturer

SoED-EPCS

8.

Dr. Hamisi Mfaume

Appointee  of the Principal for PhD only)

Lecturer

DUCE - EFMLL