Tanzanians seeking studies abroad increase

The number of Tanzanian students seeking to study abroad has steadily increased with the Global Education Link alone registering nearly 6,000 new applicants for the 2016/17 academic year.

Global Education Link Ltd Managing Director, Mr Abdulmalik Mollel, told Chief Justice Mohammed Chade Othman that the large number of applications is in the area of engineering science and medicine.

"Most students are looking for universities to pursue their degree courses in science and it is unfortunate that our higher learning institutions cannot accommodate the demand," he said.

He said for the last five days since Global Education Link Limited opened office at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Trade Fair Grounds in Dar es Salaam about 400 students had registered to advance their studies abroad.

"We cannot guarantee that all will be successful, some are just searching for details and want to make comparisons while others are indeed looking for universities," he said. He observed that university assurances and the cost of science courses was a major factor pushing for more students search for international universities.

He said that while tuition fees of medical studies in India universities costs about 2,000 US dollars, the cost for the same course in a local university is about 7m/-.

"Yet, due to politics some students are not sure whether they can finish their studies or not," he said adding, "Lack of capital among various universities in the country had limited greater investment such as labs and workshops for science students."

According to Mr Mollel, from January to June this year the organization had registered more than 5,000 applications and more than 250 applicants have been confirmed to join high learning studies abroad.

"We expect by the year end more than 800 students will be confirmed to study in Canada, US, Russia, Ukraine and India," he said. Mr Deepak Kaushik, Senior Market Executive at Sharda University in New Delhi, India, said a number of Tanzanian students admitted to the university are studying management engineering, law and health.

He said the institution offers scholarships for best performing students after the first year at the varsity. "There are more than 250 Tanzanians studying at Sharda university and we hope more will be admitted this year," he said. [The Daily News]