New ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership’ executive programme officially launched

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Minister of State in the President’s Office for Public Service Management and Good Governance Hon. Angellah Kairuki (2nd from right), Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Mwigulu Nchemba (center), Inspector General of Police Ernest Mangu (right), UONGOZI Institute CEO Prof. Joseph Semboja (second from left) and Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE), Programme Director Kirsi Gylden (left) brandish a guidebook of the newly launched Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership. 

Minister of State in the President’s Office for Public Service Management and Good Governance, Hon. Angellah Kairuki (MP), officially launched the new UONGOZI Institute Executive Programme: ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership’  which aims to strengthen the pertinent leadership skills required for senior government leaders in Tanzania and Africa as a whole.

The launch, which took place at the Treasury Office in Dodoma was also graced by the Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Mwigilu Nchemba (MP), Permanent Secretary for the President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance, Dr. Laurian Ndumbaro, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Amb. Yahya Simba, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ernest Mangu.

The Executive Programme, which is organised by UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) of Finland started the academic year for 2017/2018 this month with the admission of 30 senior members from the Tanzania Police Force.

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Senior officials of the Tanzanian Police Force attend one of the first classes of the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership executive programme recently launched in Dodoma.

Speaking during the launch, Hon. Kairuki thanked UONGOZI Institute for collaborating with Aalto EE, Finland in pioneering this programme which is specifically designed to allow public servants to study while on the job as it only requires the student to be physically in class for a period of 2-3 days a month, while the rest of the programme is carried out online and through take home assignments.

“This is a very significant programme for public servants because; one, public servants do not need to leave their jobs nor country of residence to access it; two, public servants are granted with high-quality education in key areas of leadership; and three, public servants are awarded with a Diploma which is internationally recognized,” said Hon. Kairuki.

Hon. Kairuki also highlighted the importance of public servants to participate in short and long-term training such as the new executive programme launched by UONGOZI Institute, pointing out that passing through formal education in leadership is also a determinant that can make you a good leader.

On his part, IGP Ernest Mangu thanked UONGOZI Institute for accepting his training request and allowing 30 senior members of the police force to be the maiden class of the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership programme.

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Hon. Kairuki and dignitaries in a group photo with senior officials of the Tanzania Police Force, the first batch of the PgD in Leadership 2017/18

“We believe that this Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership will have a positive effect in our operations, improve how we run the Police Force as an organization and in return allow us to effectively protect our citizens, their properties, as well as to reduce the level of crime in the country,” said IGP Mangu.

Giving the vote of thanks, Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Mwigulu Nchemba also applauded UONGOZI Institute and Aalto University, Finland for the unique initiative.

The post-graduate programme has been designed specifically for senior leaders, and will be undertaken for the period of one year through 10 short modules targeting both personal and organisational attributes of leadership. The modules will be facilitated by seasoned instructors from Aalto University Executive Education as well as reputable instructors from institutions across Tanzania.

“The programme will help leaders understand the current forces shaping our world, help them make strategic choices and equip them with the proper knowledge to lead people and manage resources, as well as to excel in personal qualities,” said the CEO of UONGOZI Institute Prof. Joseph Semboja.

The first batch of post-graduate students are expected to graduate in March 2018.

Young and emerging leaders convene on Africa’s development and the SDGs

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Over 150 young and emerging leaders from across Africa participated in the African Youth Dialogue, a forum to deliberate on Africa’s development and the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the continent.

The dialogue, which took place at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Center in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, 6th April, 2017 was launched by the Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Women and Children Hon. Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla (MP) on behalf of the Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan.

“Usually, when youth are gathered to discuss development issues facing the continent, they are discussed in the context of the youth as a burden or a blessing. The youth are sometimes framed as a problem, or indeed the problem, that we as a continent must somehow solve together,” said Hon. Dr. Kigwangalla.

He continued, “Today, however, this will not be the case. Today, the youth are an equal and active stakeholder within Africa’s development question…this is an opportunity for youth to share their experiences and their solutions to the development challenges and opportunities that youth are experiencing, and to build networks to implement sustainable solutions.”

The dialogue, which consisted of young leaders between the ages of 18 – 35 was structured around social, economic, environmental and governance pillars. The discussions centered on how the Continent’s youth perceive Africa’s development aspirations, and how these overlap with the SDGs – where there are similarities, and where there are differences.

The event highlighted how youth can enhance, support, and lead sustainable solutions to the development challenges faced on the continent. Participants were picked from different sectors who have been active in promoting the development agenda in their respective countries and Africa at large.

In her keynote address, the President of the Pan-African Youth Union, Ms. Francine Muyumba, said that the future of the continent depended on African youth, and their willingness to come together in addressing the challenges facing the continent.

“As young people, we all have a significant role to play to make the SDGs a success in Africa. We need to rally together our ideas and work hand in hand with our governments to bring about positive change to our respective countries and to Africa as a whole,” she said, “our achievements will therefore pave the way for the better implementation of Agenda 2063 of the African Union.”

The  Minister for Empowerment, Adults, Youth, Women and Children of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. Hon. Maudline Castico (MP), who officially closed the dialogue, motivated the youth to stay connected with each other and to keep pursuing their leadership goals until they achieve them.

“With love, faith and patience, you can achieve your leadership goals,” she said.

Hon. Castico also highlighted that, “youth are key partners in Africa’s development. Young people must be given opportunities to participate as respective partners in decision making and action at all levels, grassroots and so on.”

Meanwhile, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja said that the youth have critical roles and responsibilities in implementing the SDGs and realising the type of development we want for our continent.

To tackle the challenges facing Africa, Prof. Semboja said in his remarks, “We need an agenda that says I want to be an African. The problem is that we do not see our identity as an issue. We need a common identity.”

 

Participants from the youth dialogue were gathered from 29 different countries, which include; Benin, South Africa, South Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Madagascar, Liberia, Tunisia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Egypt, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Namibia, Sudan, Swaziland, Algeria, Senegal, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania as the host.