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Dr. Kennedy Hosea, Coordinator of the Higher Education for Economic Reforms (HEET) Project, emphasized the pivotal role of industrial advisory committees in shaping the nation's education and skills curriculum.

Speaking on November 13, 2023, in Dar es Salaam at the inauguration of the first national meeting for industrial advisory committees, Dr. Kennedy highlighted the importance of these committees in aligning educational content with industry demands.

The HEET project, backed by the World Bank and operating under the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, seeks collaboration from these committees to enhance curriculum relevance and empower graduates with skills sought by the job market, facilitating both employment and entrepreneurship.

The primary aim of the meeting was to establish a unified vision for these industrial advisory committees, fostering discussions on crafting curricula that effectively address employment challenges and elevate the value of higher education graduates across the country.

Furthermore, Dr. Kennedy emphasized the government's readiness, via the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, to embrace new curricula proposals from educational institutions. These proposals are envisioned to augment the development of competent and skilled graduates. He underscored the pivotal role of these committees as pillars in shaping and endorsing such curriculum enhancements.

Contributing to this discourse, Dr. Alfonce Masaga, a member of the industrial advisory committee representing the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, urged education stakeholders to prioritize practical education at the foundational level’s university education. This emphasis on practical learning aims to equip graduates with tangible skills that enhance their employability and readiness for the workforce.

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