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IV. FINANCING THE SAINT AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA
Since Nyegezi Social Training Institute was established has been financed by the Church partners and student's fee. The major donor to NSTI is MISEREOR. The donor sources have been used for both capital development and recurrent expenditure. Misereor has been also offering scholarship to the students at NSTI.
The establishment and running the University need a lot of resources. The University to be established need funds for rehabilitating and expanding the available structures. In addition to that it needs funds for running it.
4.1 Capital Expenditure:
The main University to be established at Nyegezi, Mwanza is going to use the facilities of the present used by Nyegezi Social Training Institute and the former Nyegezi Agriculture Training Institute. The facilities in terms of building are adequate in number for establishing the University but need major rehabilitation and renovation. The dormitories, classrooms and staff houses need to be renovated. There is a need to build a library and Administration block.
The envisaged Constituent College of Education shall start by using the new structures under construction for Mwenge Teachers' College. Other required facilities for the University shall be added time to time. The Constituent College of Health Sciences at Bugando shall use the existing facilities at Bugando Medical Centre. But there shall be a need of erecting other buildings i.e. modern library, laboratory and classrooms. For the Constitutent College of Law and Applied Science and Technology, it will need new buildings and other facilities. This is because the College shall start from the scratch.
It is estimated that 9.5b T.Shs. shall be needed to establish the entire University including the Constituent Colleges in 25 years to come. The following is the investment cost to each College:-
- St. Augustine University of Tanzania - Nyegezi T.Shs. 1.7bn
- Constituent College of Education - Moshi T.Shs. 1.8bn.
- Constituent College of Health Sciences - Bugando T.shs. 1.5bn.
- Constituent College of Law and Applied Science and Technology - Songea T.Shs. 3.5bn.
4.3 Recurrent Expenditure:
Recurrent expenditure relates to wages salaries of employees and consumable goods (fuel, stationery, repair etc). The recurrent expenditure has been increasing tremendously in higher Learning Institutions. This is because of higher salaries paid to academic staff and administrative staff. The cost of food and other items has been increasing year after year. When the University and its Constituent Colleges are in a full operation, it is estimated that every year about Tshs. 1,200m. shall be spent for recurrent expenditure.
4.4 Financing Sources:
The proposed University would need to sustain itself. The following shall be the sources of funds for capital development and recurrent expenditure for the University.
(i) Diocese Contribution
Each diocese is supposed to contribute to the University a such amount which shall be determined by TEC.
(ii) Donors Contribution
The Church partners are expected to continue funding the University as they are doing now for NSTI. The donors shall be from within and outside Tanzania.
(iii) Students Fee
The students of the University shall pay fee to cover some of the expenses. As the government is still giving loans to the students on cost-sharing basis, it is expected that the students will be able to pay the fee. The fee will be set according to cost of one to stay at the University but shall not exceed Tshs. 1,600,000/= per academic year but this shall depend on the requirements of the academic programmes.
(iv) Income Generating Projects
The University shall establish income generating projects. The irrigation farm with 200 acres is one of the projects. The farm shall be revived to produce food for consumption at the University and sale.
(v) The research and consultancy Unit
will be strengthened to general more income. It is hoped that the Unit will be able to generate sufficient income because of the location. The Unit will serve the Lake Zone.
(vi) Short Courses
NSTI offers short courses in relevant courses existing at NSTI. It expected that short courses will contribute to the income of the University. At present, the short courses organised at NSTI has been contributed about 2.5% of the total income.
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