Sokoine University of Agriculture is set to purchase four specialized vehicles to facilitate field practical training for Forest, Wildlife, Tourism and Wood Technology and Value Addition students. The purchase of these vehicles is made possible with the aid of the HEET (Higher Education for Economic Transformation) project. For years, students from the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Tourism have experienced difficulties in transport during field practical training. However, with the help of the HEET project, efficiency is expected to increase, thereby improving the quality of practical training.
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According to Mr. Mbungu, the HEET project deputy coordinator, during a meeting with other stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges that the HEET project is expected to undertake, the specialized vehicles will help to improve the quality of practical training for students. The vehicles will make it easier for students to access remote areas where field practical training are conducted, thereby enhancing their learning experience.
Students from the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Tourism at Sokoine University of Agriculture goes for field practical training in various natural forests, training forests, wood processing centers, wildlife management areas, national parks and hotels for tourism students. Some of the areas where students go for field practical training include Olmotonyi Forest Training Centre, Amani Nature Reserve, Mikumi National Park, Arusha National Park, Somali Maasai and various Hotels for learning hospitality, customer care and quality food production for visitors. These areas provide students with an opportunity to learn about forest management, tree planting, wildlife management, conservation, and climate change. Field practical training is an adventure that allows students to experience something more tangible of what they learn in classes. It is also a way for students to refresh their minds and gain practical experience in their respective fields.
The HEET project is aimed at transforming higher education in Tanzania to promote economic growth and development. The project is funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology. The project aims to improve the quality of higher education in Tanzania by strengthening the capacity of universities to deliver relevant and high-quality education that meets the needs of the labor market