Towards opening Sebastian Kolowa University College

Opening a University is an ambitious endeavor. Material and human resources have to be identified and mobilized. Renovation has to start. Master plans and Constitutions have to be drafted. Registration must be processed. Professors and lecturers have to be recruited.

Are we going to make it until 2007?

In my capacity of being the Director of the project, I will keep you informed about the on-going preparations in different areas. Every week, starting from now, you will be informed about what’s happening with regard to the preparations to open SEKUCO.

 
 
Campus B
Campus B - up til 11 October 2005 known as Magamba Secondary School, handed over to the NED by the state.
 

Welcome!

 


Venue & Furniture 

What we have
We are planning to open SEKUCO at Magamba, a village located north of Lushoto town. The diocese owns 390 acres of land in this area. Within that land, there are already buildings that can accommodate 500 students! The buildings are worn out, but they are stable and safe. They are divided in two campuses which are very close to each other.
One campus of these buildings has been standing empty since mid-1990s. For the sake of clarity, I will now on refer to it as Campus A.
The other campus has been used as a Secondary School since the 1960s. It was called Magamba Secondary school and was first built by the church. During the wave of nationalization in our country, the government took over the school. On the request from the diocese leadership to the Minister of Education and Culture, the government decided to give back Magamba Secondary School to our diocese on 11th of October 2005. I will be referring to this venue as Campus B.
 

SEKUCO is therefore expected to be accommodated at Campuses A and B in Magamba where we have:

  • 4 big and 15 small houses for a total of 500 students.
  • 15 lecture rooms and staff offices of different sizes
  • 21 staff houses
  • Dining hall and kitchen
  • Assembly hall
  • Library
  • Computer room
  • Laboratory
  • Dispensary
   
Campus A
Campus A - empty since the mid 90'ies
What we need
Truly we need a lot of money. The engineer will present the costs next week. However, he has already given a preliminary hint on how the costs may look. For quality work we will need as many doors as possible to be opened so that we get adequate funds. The costs for furniture have been made and I will present them to you together with the renovation costs.
How you may support us
Help us to find money for this work. We welcome big as well as small donations. We welcome your assistance either by trying to find money or by giving us advice on how we may get the money. The renovation will not be easy but it is fully possible. We already tested our ability in carrying out the renovation of Irente Rainbow School. Although that renovation was a small-scale work compared to what lies ahead of us in Magamba, we know that it is possible to turn worn-out, shattered buildings into a beautiful place.

Teaching and non-teaching staff

 

What we have
Hitherto we have not yet started to recruit any staff member. However, with regard to expertise, we have started to look around for professors and lecturers for the faculties of

  • Special Needs Education
  • Nature Resources’ Conservation and Tourism
  • Law
  • Business

The faculties of Neurology and Psychiatry, Swahili, and Technology will be introduced successively.

 

According to University standards in Tanzania, a person can teach at a University in the following capacities:

  •  Masters Degree - Assistant Lecturer
  • Ph. D: Lecturer - Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor – depending on working experience and production of scholarly works.

The Administrative Structure of SEKUCO will be the same as that of other Constituent Colleges of Tumaini University. The Provost will be appointed by the Executive Council of the diocese.

What we need
To identify and recruit people with the required qualifications is an enormous task. Even in the fields of Law and Business which are very popular in our country, it is not easy to get instructors. Considering the fact that the only Training College for Special Needs Teachers in our country does not have a lecturer who is a Ph.D holder, we know that we will need support in this field from outside the country. In the field of Nature Resources’ Conservation and Tourism, we expect to find experts within the country but we need input from outside Tanzania as well.
How you may support us

If you are a Master or Ph. D holder and have the experience of lecturing in any of the mentioned fields, or if you know someone with relevant qualifications who might be interested, please let us know. If you are a professor in any of these fields and you are planning for Sabbatical Leave, please consider coming to SEKUCO for your Sabbatical Year.

If you are an experienced instructor in English language, you are also welcome to contact us. The medium of instruction from Secondary School education to University Studies is English. Therefore, the students who join SEKUCO should be expected to have a good command in English. However, reality has shown that there are students who may join university studies with poor English. Therefore, before the students begin the studies in their respective programs, they will get a short but intensive course in English.

Maybe you can help us to find Universities that will form partnership with SEKUCO through international/exchange programs. This will enable SEKUCO and the partner University to exchange instructors as well as students. Instructors can cooperate in developing curricula and researchers will be able to merge their efforts, with the result of improving the quality education.


Equipment & instruction facilities

What we have 

In order to be able to provide high quality education, SEKUCO ought to be equipped with a good text book library and reliable internet connections. We have a library and a computer room but they are empty.

With regard to power supply, there is electricity in Magamba, but like the rest of Tanzania it is not stable. Unstable internet connections are available in Lushoto.

What we need
Stable and safe supply of energy through generator or solar panels is needed. Also we need computers which will enable us to have a well-functioning computer lab. A satellite dish would secure stable internet connections. We also need an expert who will help us to start a computer lab and maintain it. For the library we need many text books.
How you may support us
You can give us books that are related to the mentioned field. Since books are very expensive, we will not be able to buy new books frequently. Therefore we need books that will not be outdated within a couple of years. If there are computer companies that would be willing to help us with 30 computers, or some of them, please invite them to support SEKUCO. For the generator, solar panels and satellite dish we need funds as well. The costs for purchasing and installing a satellite dish are 3,800 US$. Even here, a partner University would be useful.


Timetable of November

 

6/11  Engineer visited Magamba and made a preliminary check up of all buildings at Campuses A and B.
 22/11  Engineer and his team returned and made a thorough investigation of the buildings of both Campus A and B.
 23 - 24/11 The Executive Council of the diocese has its last session for 2005 in Lushoto. The project director is presenting a report about the on-going preparations.
28/11 - 2/12 Engineer and project director will meet in Lushoto and Magamba. We expect the renovation costs to be ready by then.
 30/11 Documents will be sent to the Higher Education Accreditation Council and thereby the process of registering SEKUCO will begin. The documents include the Project Write-up, a draft of the 5 year master plan and a draft of the Constitution of SEKUCO.