Minister of State in the President’s Office for Public Service Management and Good Governance, Hon. Angellah Kairuki (MP), officially launched a new ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership’ executive programme 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. Laurean 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 of Finland started the academic year for 2017/2018 this month with the admission of 30 senior members from the Tanzania Police Force.

Speaking during the launch, Hon. Kairuki thanked UONGOZI Institute for collaborating with Aalto University, Finland in pioneering this programme which is specifically designed to allow public servants to study while on the job because 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 a 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 trainings 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.

“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.