STATEMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL
Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) was established by an Act of Parliament No.6 of 1997 as a high technical training institution in Tanzania. DIT has a vision of becoming the leading provider of high quality engineering education, research and consultancy within Tanzania and the East African region. Among others, the mission of DIT is to provide the development and usage of appropriate technology that meets national, regional and international needs and standards through skills and practical-oriented training, research and consultancy. Besides, DIT is positioned to respond to a call by the President of 5th phase Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT), His Excellence Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, to spearhead realization of industry economy by 2025, as spelt out in his inaugural speech to the Parliament of Tanzania on 20th November, 2015.
DIT understands that such a mission could only be realized if local technical training institutions will significantly increase students’ enrollment and improve teaching methodology. We are therefore planning to increase our enrollment from 4000 to 6000 students by 2021 through extending our services to various parts of the country including Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Songwe, Dodoma and Coastal regions. Besides, DIT envisions putting in place support services for business start-ups for its students after completion of training, and similar measures for easing labour-entry and job-retention. Such initiatives are the testimony of DIT willingness and readiness to participate in making the intended efforts towards industrialization in our country a successful reality. As a public institution whose activities are funded by public funds, DIT is indispensable partner in the industrialization agenda.
Currently, DIT offers twenty three (23) academic programmes in the fields of maintenance management, computational science and engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, science and laboratory technology, oil and gas engineering, information technology, mining engineering, biomedical equipment engineering, communication system technology, renewable energy technology, multimedia and film technology, biotechnology, and food science and technology. As part of the expansion programme, DIT envisions to establish new and marketable training programmes such as leather processing and allied technologies. One reason for this is because the field has strong linkages with agricultural sector. It is a labour intensive, thus absorbing labour from the agricultural sector, and has major potential and low entry barriers.
Technical training at DIT is competency based, characterized by ability to carry out an occupational activity, but still it needs to be consolidated. In order to achieve this, we are fostering a teaching factory approach whereby technical training is interactively linked to a real life factory business. This is realized by either establishing a virtual or physical factory. The former is achieved through industrial linkages. It is also envisioned to couple the training with technology incubators as they provide space, partnerships and networks to build a national community in which project/research students, innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, professionals and investors can continuously exchange knowledge, share best practices, develop innovative businesses and expand their networks both locally, regionally and globally. The strategies are aimed at providing engineering or technical training and hands-on practice under industrial conditions for DIT students, while taking up research/project results and industrial learning activities for engineers and blue-collar workers.
DIT is therefore committed as an agent of industrialization, a progressive and customer-centered higher learning institution.
Prof. Preksedis Marco Ndomba