“Striving for new accomplishments”
As we are embracing a new start for the year, on behalf of the entire university family, I would like to extend warm greetings and best wishes to all our students including alumni around and across the country, staff, stakeholders, friends and all who are concerned with and support the development of Hubert Kairuki Memorial University.
2017 was a remarkable year for the University. We have experienced many changes and to mention a few brought about by the society’s appreciation of the University’s core mission of educating, researching and consultancy services, these include the following:
- Upturn of students, required the University to increase its capacity; the University was able to construct a modern lecture hall with 256 student sitting capacity and improved the capacity of the faculties through both recruiting new staff and promoting current staff, and also introduce advanced technological systems to meet the up-to-date operative requirements.
- We conducted researches on various diseases such as malaria, non-communicable diseases, child care and many others and also had several international recognized publications by our academic staff.
- Our students conducted scientific conference under the guidance of the University Student’s Association (HKMUSA). The conference was attended by medical and nursing students, educators, researchers, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders and it aimed at engaging young scientists in a meaningful dialogue that would spark innovative ideas in young minds, and inspire action to improve the state of the field of medicine in Tanzania.
- We have also committed ourselves to the overall wellbeing of neighboring communities by offering free outreach health and consultancy services to the population in neighboring communities. Also proving community based health care services to schools, families, health facilities, and to special groups such as pregnant mothers, children, orphans, street children, and elderly centers in the community.
- By the end of 2017 we were able to confer degrees and certificates to 228 doctors and nurses graduates; 108 being male and 120 female in our Fifteenth Graduation Ceremony.
Looking into the achievements we had in the past year, into the year 2018, we continue to strive for new accomplishments; According to Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), the number of students enrolling for Doctor of Medicine, Health and Allied Sciences programs has increased more than the existing Universities and colleges of Medicine, Health and Allied Sciences can accommodate. This is a challenge for the concerned Universities including HKMU to increase capacity for enrolling more students. Therefore, expansion of Boko Campus is our main focus. The University has 7.4 hectares of land at Boko, Kinondoni, Dar es salaam; where the University has started to expand its teaching, research and supporting facilities.
The University also plans to establish and launch a Hubert Kairuki Endowment fund, which will support scholarships for students interested in pursuing studies in Medicine, Health and Allied Sciences as well as support developmental projects to be run by the University.
We are in a phase of creating a 5 year rolling strategic plan (2017/18-2022) that will describe the direction and plans of the University in the described period of time.
Research being one of the core functions of the University; we continue to encourage and support it for its importance towards generating and advancing of knowledge. Research provides evidence-based fact, necessary for correct policy making, management, control and prevention of diseases in the country. The university currently is working on partnerships with other universities and research institutes to counteract major health challenges in Tanzania such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and related micronutrient deficiency disorders.
As in the past year, we will strive for further progress in the New Year. In 2018, we strive to head in the right direction through educating liberally and broadly, qualifying men and women to advance frontiers of knowledge through research, and provide consultancy and advisory services to the public. We will continue building a model University through reforms in education to foster first-rate training to gain world-wide acceptance.
We wish all a happy new year full of health, happiness and harmony. May this be a great year with countless achievements and consistent success for all of us.
Professor Charles Stephen Mgone, MD MMed PhD FRCP.