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Reflections on curriculum reform at the University of Dar es Salaam

Mkude, Daniel

Abstract:
In this chapter, the author discusses the origins of the University of Dar es Salaam and the programmes that it offers. When establishing various faculties, the university took the needs and aspirations of the Tanzanian people into account.  Academics were called upon to use their expertise to help the country achieve its objectives. The reshaping of the university curriculum included the introduction of  compulsory common courses as well as field attachments or practical training. The author highlights the purposes of these common courses and attachment programmes.  The management crises that the university experienced from 1970 to 1990 are discussed as well as its aim to carry out a strategic, long-term transformation Programme that would enable the university to overcome its weaknesses.  The areas around which most changes were targeted are mentioned such as state-university relationships, academic programmes, administrative machinery and financial resources. In conclusion, the author discusses the achievements and prospects of the Programme as well as the problems encountered.

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Chapter Title: Reflections on curriculum reform at the University of Dar es Salaam
Book Title: Knowledge, identity and curriculum transformation in Africa
Edited by: N Cloete, J Muller, M W Makgoba, D Ekong
City: Cape Town, South Africa
Publisher: Maskew Miller Longman
No. of Pages: 155-166


Date:1997
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Institutional Management
Country:Tanzania, United Republic of
Keywords:University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Institutional Transformation, Curriculum Reform, Course Development, Management of Higher Education, State and Higher Education, Academic Programmes, Finance


File Size:127 KB
Rights:Permission was granted by Maskew Miller Longman to reproduce this chapter.
Date Added:01 March 2007


Mkude, Daniel (1997). Reflections on curriculum reform at the University of Dar es Salaam. In N Cloete, J Muller, M W Makgoba, D Ekong ( eds ) Knowledge, identity and curriculum transformation in Africa Cape Town, South Africa: Maskew Miller Longman, 155-166