Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

25 August 2014

Tanzania: Over 80 Local Students Get Netherlands Scholarships

THE knowledge gained at any academic level should benefit the society at large, as a positive gesture in appreciation for learning opportunities offered to individuals.

Chief Secretary, Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, made the remarks in Dar es Salaam recently at the occasion to bid farewell to Tanzanian beneficiaries of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP).

These are scheduled to travel to the Netherlands next month. The brief ceremony was held at the residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Jaap Frederiks.

"Education is the best investment that one can make in life. Knowledge to be gained in the education ladder should not be an individual gain but must be shared back to the society," Amb. Sefue said.

The Chief Secretary who is also an alumni who studied in the Netherlands some years back reminded the beneficiaries of their obligation to take seriously the learning opportunity given to them.

This year, over 80 Tanzanian mid-career professionals have been awarded fellowships to study in the Netherlands. The study duration ranges between two weeks and 18 months.

Some are going to pursue studies in business management, engineering, agriculture, education and governance. Ambassador Frederiks was delighted for the appreciation shown by the government of Tanzania throughout years of cooperation in different sectors.

He said decades of bilateral cooperation between Tanzania and the Netherlands realized socio-economic achievements that include training in the Netherlands more than 5,000 Tanzanians in various disciplines.

"The Netherlands Fellowship Programme contributes to human resource development in developing countries. This year the fellowships targeted sectors including oil and gas and related infrastructure, agriculture (horticulture and food security), water, health and private sector development," Frederiks explained.

He added; "This makes Tanzania one of the top achievers in the programme. Many of the beneficiaries have subsequently acquired important positions in Tanzanian society contributing the country's social economic development," he concluded.

Ines Rusule is among the beneficiaries who is an MBA student at Mzumbe University and is going to join Wageningen University in the Netherlands for two weeks.

She wished to share entrepreneurship skills with the rest of the population as the best approach to combat unemployment. "Agriculture offers the best opportunity for the people to earn a living.

Employment opportunities continue to become scarce day-by-day as more graduates join the market. Agribusiness can be part of the solution," Ines observed.

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