By Prosper Makene, Dar es Salaam
National Institute of Transport (NIT) is in talks with the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the United State of America so as to set major collaborations in research, and technology transfer.
The FHAWA’s cooperation with NIT would help the Institutes’ Regional Center for Excellence in Road safety (RCoE) to become an agent of change in road safety at a regional level.
“As the FHWA’s responsibility is to ensure that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world, therefore the cooperation with NIT would help the lecturers at Institutes’ Regional Center for Excellence in Road safety RCoE) to be imparted with knowledge from FHAWA,” says NIT’s Rector Professor Zacharia Mganilwa .
Prof Mganilwa added: “The main objective of our Regional Center for Excellence in Road Safety (RCoE) is to provide training, research and consultancy services covering all pillars of road safety within the country and the whole East Africa region. Therefore the partnership with the US-based organization will add value to our Centre of Excellence.”
Specifically, NIT’s RCoE conducts training of trainers for road safety professionals and experts; Conduct road safety training programs; Provide state-of-the-art training facilities and learning environment for road safety; Facilitates research and consultancy services on road safety.
He further said that after NIT’s lecturers are imparted with knowledge from FHAWA, East African countries will send their people to Tanzania to learn the road safety training programs at NIT.
“What we want to see is our Regional Centre for Excellence in Road safety to become more powerful in providing training services, investigations and research in the areas related to road safety issues to all of the East African nations.
Therefore by working closely with one of the World’s organizations that has advanced in road safety, training and research, our Regional Centre for Excellence in Road safety will be one of its kind in East Africa and across the continent,” the Rector elaborated.
He went on to urge East African countries to make a comprehensive research on road accidents. “We are failing on making in-depth research when comes to reporting on road accidents.
We remained on reporting accidents in numbers of death, vehicles involved, drivers, victims but we have forgotten to make an in-depth report on how the accidents have happened so as to come up with the inner solutions.”
He pointed out that the number of researches will give solutions on whether to change laws and regulations in the road sub-sector.
“The results from scientific researchers will also give us chance as academicians and stakeholders to improve our curriculums to driving schools programmes,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that is in talks National Institute of Transport (NIT) on the partnership, is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program).
However, the National Institute of Transport (NIT) is a public higher learning institution established in 1975 as training wing of the then National Transport Corporation (NTC).
NIT was charged with the responsibility of strengthening human resource capabilities of transport operatives and middle level managers of subsidiary companies of NTC. These subsidiary companies were: National Bus Services Limited (KAMATA), Usafiri Dar-as-Salaam Limited (UDA), Regional Transport Companies (RETCOs) etc.
National Institute of Transport is the only such training Institute in Sub- Saharan excluding South Africa, mandated by the Government of United Republic of Tanzania to offer training in transport and communications
The Institute is fully accredited with the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) to provide Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) programmes at the level of Certificate, Diploma and Degree (National Technical Awards -NTA level 4 to level 8). It is also accredited with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT International) to teach and examine CILT programmes of International Introductory Certificates, International Certificates, Ordinary Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport. In addition to that, the Institute collaborates with the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) and International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Consult (IPSCMC) to offer MBA in Logistics and Transport Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management respectively.
The Institute offers programmes in Logistics and Transport Management, Freight Clearing and Forwarding, Procurement and Logistics Management, Automobile Engineering, Business Administration, Computing Information Communication Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Aviation Studies and Human Resources Management. NIT also is offering Post Graduate Diplomas in Air Transport Management, Logistics and Transport Management, Travel and Tourism, Shipping and Port Management, Procurement and Logistics Management, Rail Transport Management, Transport Economics, Road Transport Safety Management and Transport Engineering Management. NIT also offers short term programmes and provides Research, Consultancy and Community Services.
The Institute has highly skilled personnel both academic and administrative staff. It also has modern machines and equipments for teaching, research and consultancy services. The equipments like modern Vehicle Inspection machines which are only at NIT (Tanzania).