Postgraduate and Research - Postgraduate Studies
Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research
Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, through the Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research, has as its principal goal, provision of high quality postgraduate training and carrying out relevant research, and offering excellent professional services to meet the changing needs of our society. Bearing this in mind, the postgraduate curriculum has been reviewed to meet the challenges and demands of a constantly evolving environment and society.
Mindful that the changes in the curriculum need to be supported by a tight reign on quality, the University has taken measures to maintain and improve the teaching standards. Postgraduate courses offered after review closely correspond to public demand.
The purpose and aim of Postgraduate training at the HKMU, therefore, is to offer higher and specialized medical education and learning experiences, in order to produce more competent practitioners and role models in clinical practice, administration, teaching and health research. The creation of a conducive environment for enhancement of the culture of research and publication is a critical step in the evolution of HKMU during the formative years. The promotion of academic staff is mainly based on research output. There are Research Laboratories for Basic Sciences and Human Molecular Genetics. An Ethical Review Committee is in place. The institute coordinates postgraduate training and HKMU research activities.
However, HKMU has continued to establish and strengthen linkages and collaborative activities with various institutions within and outside Tanzania since its establishment in 1997. The university acknowledges the importance of such linkages for institutional development and capacity building in the form of training, collaborative research, and exchange of experts; including sharing of experience among staff and students.
Nationally, HKMU remains well connected. The Permanent Secretaries of the Government Ministries responsible for Education and Health are members of the University Council, while the same ministries are represented on the University Senate. The University also maintains links with other relevant bodies such as the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU),the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology(COSTECH), the Tanzania Academy of Sciences, Tanzania Education Authority (TEA), and the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) as well as with other universities in the country.
HKMU has a close working relationship with the Dar es Salaam municipalities and villages, where academic staff and students carry out their practicals and fieldwork. It also collaborates with other hospitals including the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI), Muhumbili National Hospital (MNH), Amana Hospital, the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI), Mwananyamala Hospital in Dar es Salaam, and Mirembe Hospital in Dodoma to facilitate the process of exposing our students in the art of medical practice.
Internationally, HKMU is a member of the Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), where it has good links with all universities which are members of the Council. HKMU also collaborates in matters of research and training with other external institutions of higher learning such as the Yale University School of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Harvard School of Medicine, Connecticut University and Hiram University College, all in the United State of America, Hiram University College, and MUCHS-GTZ on Genetic, Psychology and Telemedicine research initiatives.
HKMU continues to be a member of the Tanzania Association of Private Universities (TAPU), and the Forum of Universities and Colleges of Health Sciences in Tanzania (FUCHS-T) of which HKMU was a founding member and the first chair. HKMU is also a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Association of African Universities, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The University has also been receiving short term visiting Professors and Scholars from countries such as the U.S.A, Switzerland, Cuba, etc., as well as short term elective students from various Universities in the Netherlands, Germany, England, and USA, just to mention a few; while it maintains several collaborative research programmes with a number of key stakeholders as principal funders, such as the Wellcome Trust in the United Kingdom, the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in Tanzania, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World(TWAS), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as it tirelessly strives to contribute to national socio-economic development through its tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service.
HKMU also has links with the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; the McGill University in Canada, and the British Royal Society through the Tanzania Academy of Sciences. Commensurate to its future developmental plans of establishing a Human Nutrition Institute, the HKMU will also be collaborating with various national and international stakeholders in this endeavour.