The outbreak of 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.
The Institute remains resilient during these unprecedented times. Our foremost priority, of course, is the safety and health of our staff, clients and stakeholders; while also supporting wider measures to protect the citizens of Tanzania.
We continue to embrace tech solutions to help ensure core activities and operations continue. The Executive Education programmes are being delivered remotely through virtual platforms and where social distance can be maintained. The last Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership module on ‘Leading Change’, for example, was successfully conducted through virtual class sessions. 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 has also introduced an Online Certificate Programme in Leadership. Plans are underway to organise upcoming policy dialogues through virtual platforms as well.
Virtual training opportunities also enabled the Institute’s staff to undertake Emotional Intelligence training via Zoom. Topics covered included how emotional intelligence skills can help reduce the ‘fear of the unknown’ ‒and how to prepare for it.
The Institute has accelerated its digital transformation in order to reach clients and stakeholders within and outside the country in new ways. In addition, we are also looking at how the pandemic is impacting the work of clients and stakeholders – and how our research and training will respond to these changing circumstances.
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.