The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has left almost no nation or organisation untouched. Across the globe, governments have been implementing significant interventions in response to COVID-19. Since Tanzania confirmed its first case on 16 March 2020, the Institute has witnessed, among others, schools and universities closed, public gatherings banned and mandatory self-quarantine for incoming travellers imposed.
Amidst these unprecedented times, the Institute remains resilient. Our first and foremost priority is the safety and health of our staff, clients and stakeholders; following that, business continuity.
We continue to embrace technology to ensure core activities and operations continue. The executive education programmes are being delivered remotely through virtual platforms and where social distance can be maintained. For example, our last Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership module on ‘Leading Change’ was conducted through a virtual class. The two-day module was facilitated by Dr. Pekka Mattila from Aalto University in Finland, with participants based in Dodoma, Arusha and two locations in Dar es Salaam. The Institute will also be introducing an online Certificate in Leadership in August 2020. Plans are underway to organise upcoming policy dialogues through virtual platforms as well.
Digital accessibility also encouraged the Institute’s staff to avail themselves for Emotional Intelligence training via zoom. The topics covered were; how emotional intelligence skills can help reduce the fear of the unknown, and how to prepare for the unknown.
Indeed, the pandemic has changed our way of life as well as attitudes and behaviours. But we embrace the opportunity to accelerate in digital approaches to reach clients and stakeholders within and outside the country.