Graduation Ceremony for the second cohort of the UONGOZI Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Programme took place on 09th April, 2019 at Milimani City Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam.
The Ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Minister of State, President’s Office – Public Service Management and Good Governance (PO-PSMGG), Hon. Dr. Mary Mwanjelwa (MP).
Launched in 2017, the one-year Programme aims to develop leadership competencies with a focus on Making Strategic Choices; Leading People and other Resources; and Excelling in Personal Leadership Qualities. The Programme, jointly delivered by UONGOZI Institute and Aalto University Executive Education of Finland, offers 10 modules, combining in-class workshops with online individual or group assignments.
In her remarks, Deputy Minister Mwanjelwa commended graduates for their determination and commitment, which was paid off with the award of diplomas. She further commended UONGOZI Institute for mobilising the necessary resources and expertise to deliver the Programme.
She explained how the Programme aligns with the Public Service Reform Programme (PSRP) that aims to improve accountability, transparency and resource management for service delivery. Furthermore, Deputy Minister noted that the PSRP, being implemented by the PO-PSMGG, requires “well-organised, skilled, ethical and dedicated public servants” in order to achieve the aims of the initiative.
The Diploma recipients were urged by Deputy Minister Mwanjelwa to put the knowledge gained from the Programme into practice: “We expect you to make strategic choices, lead people and other resources, and excel in personal leadership qualities.”
She added, “We do not expect you to turn a blind eye to corruption. You need to serve as catalysts for change since you had the opportunity to be part of this Programme.”
On his Part, Prof. Joseph Semboja, CEO of UONGOZI Institute stated, “The first Graduation Ceremony held on 21st March, 2018 saw a total of 32 senior leaders from the Tanzania Police Force graduating. Today, 33 senior leaders from various ministries and public institutions will be awarded their diplomas.”
Prof. Semboja further stated that the Institute continues to collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the Programme.
“For the third cohort, we have introduced cost-sharing, and we are pleased with the positive outcome,” he expressed.
35 participants from the third cohort also attended the occasion. The cohort includes senior leaders from public, private and civil society organisations within Tanzania. The cohort commenced its first module on Reflective and Inspiration Leader on 09th April.