Post Graduate Programme
MSc in Computer and IT Systems Engineering (24 months)
The main objective is to provide graduates with a comprehensive coverage of the skills required by an engineer working in instrumentation, electronic systems, and hardware and software aspects of computer engineering.
The programme provides an excellent basis for engineers wishing to update their knowledge as well as for students who wish to go on to do research.
The programme is designed to integrate research, innovation and education by incorporating the project-based-learning approach in its programme to enhance integration of the University with industry and society in order to enhance technology and knowledge
PhD in Computer and IT Systems Engineering(48 months)
The main objective is to build research capacity which embeds innovation and team building with emphasis in multidisciplinary requirements involving electrical, electronics and ICT needed to address challenges in the area of electrical power smart grid.
- Communications and networks,
- Cyber security,
- ICT enabled power system management and control,
- Data management: - includes: big data and automatic monitoring of power.
- Automatic monitoring of power includes: automatic meter reading/smart meters,
- GIS mapping techniques to map of sources,
- Transmission and distribution networks and consumers and knowledge in micro-grids and local power generation.
The programme is designed to integrate research, innovation and education by incorporating the project-based-learning approach and special doctoral seminars in its programme. This chosen approach is intended to forge and strengthen academia - industry linkage and also academic-society to enhance technology and knowledge transfer.
PhD and MSc Enrolment
In 2016/2017 it was planned to engage 8 PhD students funded by the project for the developed taught PhD in Computer and IT Systems Engineering. We received 16 applicants from whom we selected 8, however one dropped on social grounds (a lady) just before the course started was replaced by another most qualified among the rest. This had impact on the gender balance. We also recruited one paying student, bringing the total to nine. They are from UDSM, UDOM and IFM. We had planned to engage four MSc students for the Computer and IT Systems Engineering funded by the project. We have engaged six of whom four sponsored by the project and two self-funded. They are from UDSM, UCC, MUHAS, SUZA, HESLB, and private sector.
Four PostDoc trainees have been engaged this year. Dr. S. Naiman replaced the late Dr. Richard Mgaya. He is working closely with the sandwich PhD students and spent two months (Feb-March 2017) research visit at KTH. We also, have a self-sponsored PostDoc Assistant Professor Imed Ben Dhaou is with Qassim University, Saudi Arabia, and University of Monastir, Tunisia who has also been working closely with Dr. Naiman and the sandwich PhD students. The other two are Dr. H. Kalinga and Dr. K. Ibwe. They also spent two months research training visit at KTH (May-June 2017).
Engagement with Stakeholders
Among the primary competences that the research training programmes intends to impart to our students are group work, innovation, multidisciplinary strictures in solving real life challenges, and creating networks with stakeholders using challenge driven education approach. The project started implementation of this approach using one of the courses in each of the programmes which were designed for that purpose. Therefore, there was active engagement of stakeholders and the client in the activities of the project. Our collaborating partners from KTH also participated in the collaboration activities with the stakeholders.
To achieve engagement of stakeholders in research and development programme activities a number of workshops involving stakeholders and staff have been organised. So far seven workshops have been held. These are the Challenge driven education run by KTH at COSTECH in September 2106 funded from a different source that provided skills to our staff and prospective students on challenge driven education and design thinking, four at CoICT where presentations were made to our stakeholders by our staff and/or students in the project where in one of them our partners from KTH attend. These were in October 2016, January 2017, February 2017, and May 2017. The last one for the group is planned for August 2017. The attendees from KTH who attended the February workshop were funded from a different source. Also, there was one held at premises and facilities of our key stakeholder TANESCO in January 2017.
Sandwich PhD Students - Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)
There are two sandwich PhD students enrolled in the smart grid discipline, one female and one male, who are now in their second study visit at KTH. These students are working closely with other researchers in the project and have so far published a number of papers.