Making University Curriculum Development Friendly to Industry: Towards a TVET Agenda

  • Loppa Scholastica Mbeya Universty of Science & Technology, Mbeya, Tanzania
  • Daniel K Sinkonde Mbeya Universty of Science & Technology, Mbeya, Tanzania
Keywords: Curriculum, education, ICT, industry, IPT/FPT, Tanzania, TVET


In recent years, there has been a rapid technological change in the world in many fields. From time to time, there are ever widening technical skill gaps in the labour market of scientists and an engineering technician. This paper explores the diffusion and characteristics of collaborative relationships between universities and industry in the implementation of TVET Curriculum. It builds on the experience of six year study of transformation efforts of the technical education development of Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST). In our professionals and technologists experience, education teaching practices and interrogation with the industry firms are necessary elements of the university curriculum development, leading to high quality results when effectively implemented. The paper builds on the critical examination of the current status of curriculum and how it is linked with industry in teaching and learning at MUST. The enabling and constraining factors affecting its operation and development in the light of the serious bottlenecks were identified, analysed, and recommended upon. The analysis was performed on the basis of the existing body of research, the role of practices such as collaborative research, and the university curriculum relations to industry research centres. Furthermore, the paper explores the strategies used to combat these challenges and suggests the way forward.

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Scholastica, L., & Sinkonde, D. (2017). Making University Curriculum Development Friendly to Industry: Towards a TVET Agenda. Africa Journal of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, 2(1), 163-171.