Dar es Salaam, 31 August 2020: UONGOZI Institute launched its first online programme called UONGOZI Certificate Programme in Leadership today. The launching ceremony was officiated by the Permanent Secretary – State House, Dr. Moses Kusiluka. The Institute’s stakeholders, including the Permanent Secretary – President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance, Dr. Laurean Ndumbaro, as well as the Programme’s participants were in attendance.

The Programme, jointly delivered by the Institute and Aalto University Executive Education of Finland, is designed for African emerging leaders and executives working in any function or industry across the Continent. It aims to equip participants with tools to strengthen their strategic leadership skills, master service and process development, and drive change.

In his remarks, Dr. Kusikula congratulated the Institute for the initiative, noting that it shows the Institute’s ability to adapt to change during the unprecedented times.

“Our country has made remarkable progress in the fight against coronavirus. For us to accelerate socio-economic growth, we need a skilled and committed workforce that is able to create innovative solutions and drive efficiency. And that is where this Programme comes in,” he remarked.

Dr. Ndumbaro was pleased to learn that 54% of the participants enrolled into the Programme were women in managerial and leadership positions. He said it exhibits some progress towards ‘equality for all’.

On his part, the Acting Chief Executive of the Institute, Mr. Kadari Singo, said the rapidly changing world has offered the Institute opportunities to embrace tech solutions to strengthen leadership programme delivery.

“The Institute has accelerated its digital transformation to reach clients and stakeholders within and outside the country in new ways. This Programme largely employs the self-paced learning approach, which allows participants to create their own learning experiences, anywhere, at their own speed,” said Mr. Singo.

According to him, the Programme consists of three modules that are run over the course of six months. Participants are required to commit about 2-4 hours a week in order to complete the syllabus on time. Graduates of this programme have an additional advantage into the UONGOZI Executive Programme, Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership.