Scholarships for undergraduate students from Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

University Scholarships for International Undergraduate Students

The following country specific awards are open to prospective international undergraduate students from Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda:

The Sellappah Scholarship

Newcastle University India Scholarship

Newcastle University Nigeria Scholarship

Newcastle University East Africa Scholarship (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia)

For further details please visit our undergraduate Country specific scholarships page.

The following awards, which are offered by the University, are open to prospective international undergraduate students commencing their studies in September 2015:

International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships (IUMS)

IUMS is intended for international students who study for their first degree at Newcastle University. This partial scholarship has a value of £1,500 for the first year of study. Eligible applicants will be considered based on the information given on their UCAS application form.


International students must have:
  • applied through UCAS by 30 April and been offered a place to study on one of our degree programmes for 2015/16 entry,
  • been assessed as overseas for fees purposes,
  • already achieved or will achieve an agreed level of academic performance in their pre-university qualifications,
  • already accepted or will accept Newcastle University as their first choice university.

For further details please see the IUMS regulations.

Contact details

International Family Discounts (IFD)

The University offers partial discounts to close relatives (husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter) of students/graduates, who have been assessed as ‘international’ for fees purposes, and who wish to pursue their studies at Newcastle University or are currently studying here. Each award is worth 10% of the tuition fees per annum for the normal duration of the degree programme payable into the student’s tuition fee account.

Students may only apply for a discount if they are registered as a student at the University or after they have been offered a place to study on their chosen degree programme and have been assessed as international for fees purposes.

Where two family members are intending to start their studies in 2014 or are currently studying at the University, one will be able to apply for an IFD. The value of these awards is 10% of the tuition fees for each year of the degree programme.

How to apply

Please complete the application form electronically and in accordance with the IFD regulations, which are provided at the end of the application form.

Completed forms should be sent via e-mail or post to:

Student Wellbeing
Financial Support
Newcastle University
King's Gate
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 5537
E-mail: [email protected]

Choki arudi Twanga Pepeta na tayari ana nyimbo 3

Wakiwa kwenye mkutano wa waandishi wa habari na uongozi wa African Stars wana Twanga Pepeta katika Nemax Hotel, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, mwanamuziki wa siku nyingi aliyekuwa akiendesha bendi yake ya Extra Bongo ametangaza kuwa anarudi kwenye bendi yake ya zamani ya African Stars maarufu kwa Twanga Pepeta. 

Pamoja na Ally Chocky waliokuweko katika mkutano huo ni Mkurugenzi wa Twanga Bi Asha Baraka, kiongozi wa bendi Luiza Mbutu, na mcheza shoo mkongwe Super Nyamwela ambaye pia ndiye Mwenyekiti wa chama cha wacheza shoo Tanzania. 

Onesho la kwanza la Chocky katika bendi hiyo litakuwa tarehe 18 mwezi huu, japo ukumbi utakuwa upi haijatajwa lakini Chocky alisema kuwa tayari ana tungo tatu atakazoanza nazo ambazo ni Usiyaogope maisha, Kichwa chini, na No discussion.

Official HD video: Tam tam by Galaxy

Interview with super-tall buildings expert, the Chief Engineer of the Burj Khalifa project

Shanghai Tower



“It took around seven years to build the Burj Khalifa, an 830m skyscraper in Dubai. I was the chief engineer on this project.”

DUBAI, UAE, April 7, 2015-- Buildings are getting taller and these buildings are being constructed at an increasingly rapid pace. In this interview, world-renowned supertall buildings expert and Aurecon’s Buildings Director, Middle East and North Africa Buildings, Dr Andy Davids, discusses the possibilities and opportunities involved in cutting down the construction time of tall buildings, the sustainability issues related to tall buildings, as well as staying true to their original design intent.
Technology as well as innovative approaches to engineering solutions is allowing us to construct tall buildings quicker than ever before. What are the timelines involved in new tall building projects and what has been achieved so far?

It took around seven years to build the Burj Khalifa, an 830m skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I was the chief engineer on this project. One of the general challenges that we encountered was the need to find quicker ways to build tall buildings. Developers and clients can’t always wait years for a project to be completed. The design team has since come up with a holistic construction system for building a similar building in half the time. Being able to cut the construction time of a building as tall as the Burj Khalifa in half (or by a third) is a significant achievement. Since then, I have been involved in the design of many megastructures, constructed within mere months.

Modular systems are helping us to construct tall buildings more quickly, but doesn’t this take away from the individuality and beauty of the buildings?

If you look at existing 400 m and 500 m tall buildings, you will see that each one is individually handcrafted and they are each unique and beautiful in their own way. A good observation is that this could be the reason why they take so long to build – however, this is not necessarily true.

There’s a beautiful hotel in China called the T30 Hotel. The T30 was prefabricated and the 30-storey tower was erected by 200 Chinese workers in just 15 days. This hotel broke the Broad Group construction company’s own past record of building a 15-storey building in just one week. This was all possible because modular, prefabricated solutions were used. We are starting to extrapolate these principles to expedite the construction of even taller buildings. The goal isn’t to break records, but to deliver a high performing tall building within a shorter amount of time.

How are modular tall buildings being used at present?

The way that we’re currently using modular systems in tall buildings is primarily through modular floor systems and columns. The floor system is pre-engineered and pre-built, so the floor decking and beams are already in place when we start erecting a building. The columns are also pre-engineered and are brought to site in a cleverly orchestrated way so that the cranes can lift them into place in a relatively short space of time.

With the Shanghai Tower project, the developer wanted us to create a clever product (to build the tower) as opposed to simply designing the building as a one-off project. This led to a focus on creating a modular solution that could be replicated to build additional tall buildings at a quicker speed. This doesn’t mean that every building is going to look the same or even perform in the same way, but it gives us the ability to offer mass customisation to countries, cities and developers who need tall buildings within a shorter time frame than what we were able to deliver in the past. The mass production of modules that can be customised according to the needs of each individual client is now a popular means of construction.

How do engineers fill the gap between technology and architectural visions for tall buildings?

Buildings are not only becoming taller, but they’re becoming more majestic and are able to perform better in terms of energy efficiency and indoor comfort levels for occupants. We continue to produce what would have been unimaginable a decade ago thanks to world-class engineering solutions that were needed to construct the demanding and visionary buildings that architects have mapped out. Besides being more aesthetically pleasing, they’re also becoming more economical and easier to construct.

Design professionals, specifically architects, feel they are less constrained by technology than in the past – and rightfully so. As consulting engineers, it’s our job to use technical skills so that an architect or a client’s vision can be realised. Today, we’re able to build magnificently intricate tall buildings that tell a story thanks to the customised, handcrafted ideas of architects, which leads architects to dream and plan bigger. In turn, the pressure is put on engineers to find workable building solutions to bring the visions of architects to life.

Our ability to create extraordinary and inspirational projects can be attributed to the collaboration that goes on between our design teams and our willingness to cross traditional boundaries. Whether it’s unique geometric shapes, complex facades or extreme wind testing and analysis that needs to be done, the engineers on a project need to come up with a workable solution to get the job done. Engineers and architects work very closely right from the start of any supertall building project, so it’s a very dynamic and refreshing working environment to be in.

Do supertall buildings add value to cities, or are they the preserve of the well-off only?

Many of the existing tall buildings are upmarket residential buildings or luxury hotels and it’s true that most people won’t have a chance to live that way. The current and planned tall buildings, however, address a very real and important issue that many countries and cities face – the fact that we are running out of space to house people. This is a key driver of many planned projects.

In China, for example, a single square kilometre typically houses 50 000 people. These people are typically living in 3 to 4 storey buildings (blocks of flats) that cover approximately 50% of the land area. After you have laid the infrastructure such as roads, another 20% of the land space is accounted for. This leaves you with about 30% of the area for recreation, growing food, energy production and so forth. This is a serious concern because areas in China will eventually run out of land. So with this in mind, tall buildings not only address sustainability issues but in many cases an issue that could mean life or death to large segments of the population. Instead of looking at marginalisation and equality, tall buildings become part of a life and death argument.

If, for example, we can house the same 50 000 people in 10% of the land space thanks to tall buildings, then we are left with 90% of the area for recreation, food production, energy generation and infrastructure, which is an incredible improvement from the current situation. Housing the population of a growing city in these tall buildings is a big winner for all involved – developers, government as well as citizens – and it’s a driving force behind tall buildings.

Aurecon will continue to partner with clients and architects to create futuristic buildings that offer remarkable, innovative aesthetics. Whether the requirements are energy saving, tight timeframes or complex structures, our team is willing and ready.

Contact details

Ermis Marques
Property Industry Director

Jody Boshoff
Communications Manager

About Aurecon
Aurecon ( provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for public and private
sector clients globally.

With an office network extending across 26 countries, Aurecon has been involved in projects in over 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas, and employs around 7 500 people throughout 12 industry groups.

Please visit for further information.

Dkt. Mohamed Mhita atangulia mbele ya haki

Hayati Dkt. Mohamed Mhita
Dkt. Mohamed Mhita

Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Hali ya Hewa Tanzania Dkt. Agnes Kijazi anasikitika kutangaza kifo cha aliyekuwa Mkurugenzi Mkuu (mstaafu) Dkt. Mohamed Mhita kilichotokea siku ya Jumatatu tarehe 06 Aprili 2015 katika hospitali ya Agakhan jijini Dar es Salaam.

Dkt. Mhita alikuwa Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa iliyokuwa Idara Kuu ya Hali ya Hewa kwa kipindi cha miaka 8 kuanzia 1992 hadi 1999 na Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Hali ya Hewa Tanzania kwa kipindi cha miaka 9 kuanzia 1999 hadi 2008. Dr. Mhita kwa kushirikiana na uongozi wa iliyokuwa idara Kuu ya Hali ya Hewa alishiriki katika kuishauri Serikali kuhusu kuanzishwa kwa Mamlaka ya Hali ya Hewa Tanzania kutoka iliyokuwa Idara Kuu ya Hali ya Hewa.

Pamoja na nafasi ya Mkurugenzi Mkuu pia alikuwa Mwakilishi wa kudumu wa Tanzania katika Shirika la Hali ya Hewa Duniani kuanzia mwaka 1992 hadi 2008. Alichaguliwa kuwa Mjumbe katika Baraza Kuu la Shirika la Hali ya Hewa Dunia kuanzia mwaka 1995 hadi 2007. Alichaguliwa kushika nafasi ya Rais wa Jumuiya ya Hali ya Hewa katika Bara la Afrika (RA 1) kuanzia mwaka 1998 hadi 2007. Dkt Mhita alikuwa Rais wa ‘Tanzania Meteorological Society’ sambamba na nafasi nyingine nyingi mbalimbali alizoshika ndani na nje ya nchi.

Akielezea baadhi ya mambo makubwa yatakayomfanya Dkt. Mhita aendelee kukumbukwa, Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Hali ya Hewa nchini Dkt. Agnes Kijazi alisema ‘Dkt. Mhita atakumbukwa kwa mchango wake mkubwa katika kuendeleza sayansi ya hali ya hewa hapa nchini, katika Bara la Afrika na Duniani kwa ujumla hususani katika ushiriki wake wa kuianzisha Mamlaka ya Hali ya Hewa nchini kwa kuandaa dira (vision) na dhamira (mission) ya Mamlaka kwa kipindi cha miaka kumi na tano (15) kuanzia mwaka 2000 hadi 2015’.

Dkt. Mohamed Mhita ni mmoja kati ya wanasayansi waliokuwa zao la chuo kikuu cha Stolkholm, Sweden ambako alitunukiwa shahada ya hali ya hewa (BSc. Met) mwaka 1977. Kuanzia mwaka 1981 hadi 1984 alikuwa mafunzoni katika chuo Kikuu cha Reading, Uingereza ambako alitunikiwa shahada ya uzamivu (PhD). Hapa nchini alipata mafunzo ya Sekondari katika shule za Tanga na Kamrimjee zote zikiwa mkoani Tanga.

Mamlaka ya Hali ya Hewa Tanzania inajumuika na familia, ndugu, jamaa na marafiki katika kuomboleza msiba huu.

Bwana Alitoa na Bwana Ametwaa Jina lake lihimidiwe.


Maangamizi kwa wagosi! Yanga 8:0 Coastal Union

Timu ya Yanga SC imeifunga Coastal Union mabao 8-0. Wafungaji Amiss Tambwe amefunga manne, Msuva mawili, Telela, Sherman. Mechi imemalizika Uwanja wa Taifa.

Yanga SC: Ally Mustafa ‘Barthez’, Juma Abdul, Oscar Joshua/Edward Charles dk 77, Nadir Haroub ‘Cannavaro’, Kevin Yondan, Mbuyu Twite/Hassan Dilunga dk 67, Salum Telela, Haruna Niyonzima, Amisi Tambwe, Kpah Sherman/Nizar Khalfan dk70 na Simon Msuva.

Coastal Union: Bakari Fikirini, Juma Hamad, Abdallah Mfuko, Yussuf Chuma, Bakari Mtama, Abdulhalim Humud, Mohamed Ally, Yahya Ayoub, Rajab Mohamed/Mohammed Shekuwe dk 57, Ike Bright Obinna/Mohamed Mtindi dk 64 na Rama Salim/Abbas Athuman dk46.

Matokeo mengine ya leo Azam FC 1 - 1 Mbeya City.

Zifuatazo ni picha mbalimbali za mchezo wa soka wa ligi kuu kati ya timu ya Yanga na Coastal Union uliochezwa leo katika Uwanja wa Taifa, jijini Dar es Salaam.

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Watendaji 3 RUBADA wasimamishwa kazi

Mheshimiwa Wasira (kulia) akiongea na Waandishi wa habari (hawapo pichani). Katikati ni Katibu Mkuu Bibi Sophia Kaduma (katikati), na kushoto ni Naibu Katibu Mkuu Dkt. Yamungu Kayandabila.

Waziri wa Kilimo Chakula na Ushirika Mheshimiwa, Stephen M. Wasira (Mb), ametangaza kuwasimamisha kazi watendaji watatu wa Mamlaka ya Kuendeleza Bonde la Mto Rufiji (Yaani Rufiji River Basin Development Authority – RUBADA) kutokana na tuhuma mbalimbali za ubadhirifu wa fedha za umma na matumizi mabaya ya madaraka.

Akitoa agizo hilo leo mbele ya Waandishi wa Habari, Waziri Wasira aliwataja Watendaji hao kuwa ni Bwana Aloyce L. Masanja – Kaimu Mkurugenzi Mkuu; Bibi Tabu Ndatulu – Mkurugenzi wa Mipango na Uwekezaji; na Bwana Filozi John Mayayi – Mkurugenzi wa Fedha na Utawala.

Taarifa ya Mheshimiwa Wasira imeanisha kuwa kati ya shilingi 2.748 billion zilizokuwa zimekusanywa kwa ajili uwekezaji, ni shlingi 714.606 milioni tu ndizo zimetumika kihalali wakati kiasi kilichobaki kimetumika bila kuzingatia sheria na kanununi za fedha za umma.

Aidha, Bodi ya RUBADA imetakiwa kuteua Maafisa watakaokaimu nafasi za viongozi hao wakati mchakato wa kuwapata viongozi wa kudumu ukiendelea.

Vilevile, mamlaka nyingine ikiwa ni pamoja na vyombo vya dola kama vile TAKUKURU na Polisi wanaendelea na taratibu za kuwachukulia hatua viongozi hao kwa mujibu wa sheria za nchi.

via Michuzi Blog