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THE National Institute of Transport (NIT) is set to introduce new courses in this academic year 2021/22 to meet the market driven demand.
NIT’s Rector Eng. Professor Zacharia Mganilwa said the Institute has given approval to the six new programmes including master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with Transport Machinery, bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
Prof. Mganilwa named other new courses including diploma in Electrical and Train Electrification Engineering, diploma in Electronics, Telecommunication and Railway Signalling Engineering, diploma in Mechanical Engineering with Railway Vehicles Technology and diploma in Civil and transpiration Engineering. “In 2021/22 academic year, we are introducing Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Transport as well as bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and Maritime Engineering aiming at producing local engineers,” he said.
Prof. Mganilwa named other programmes that are in pipeline and will be introduced anytime in future are Master’s Degree in Air Transport Management, Shipping and Port Management, Railway Transport Management, Road Transport Management, Pipeline Transport Management, Road Safety and Traffic Engineering, Intelligent Transport Systems and Procurement and Logistics Management.
Other courses that are in the pipeline include Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Science with Pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Avionics), Environment Engineering and Transport Planning, Mechatronics and Transport Planning as well as Education for Technical Teachers.
On diploma courses, NIT’s Rector said the Institute is on finalizing to introduce Civil and Railway Engineering, High Precision Welding and Fabrication Technology, High Precision Welding and Fabrication Technology, High Precision Machining Technology, High Precision Pressed Parts Manufacturing Technology, High Precision Electrical and Electronics Control Technology.
He noted that in 2020/21, the Institute introduced market driven courses including bachelor’s degree in Road and Railway Logistics Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Shipping and Ports Logistics Management, Diploma in Ship Building and Repair, Diploma in Road and Railway Logistics Operations, Diploma in Shipping and Ports Logistics Operations, Diploma in Library and Information studies, Diploma in Records, Archives and Information Studies, Diploma in Pipework, Oil and Gas engineering, Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Diploma in Auto Electric and Electronics engineering as well as Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering.
“With the new courses that we introduced last academic year, the Institute enrolls 10,988 students compared to 7,752 students that enrolled in 2016/17 academic year, it is a big improvement,” Prof Mganilwa said. “…at NIT, we are producing enough transport graduates that can feed the new inventions and improved transportation helped bring about industrialization,” he concludes.
The Writer works NIT Communications Department