The visit was part of The Cooperation Agreement between the University of Dar-es-Salaam Business School (UDBS), University of Stavanger Business School (UiSBS) and Statoil Tanzania. The partnership involves cooperation on lecturing and supervision for a new Master programme in Oil and Gas Finance & Accounting at the UDBS.
The Steering Committee for the project held its second meeting during this visit. A series of meetings were also conducted with UiS faculty to prepare for further cooperation on teaching and research activities. The conclusion so far is that the cooperation and development of the study program is very successful. Both students, faculty and business interests who are involved have given good feedback.
The Master Program in Oil and Gas Finance & Accounting at UDBS has had a successful startup. Through 2016, seven lecturers from the UiSBS have been involved in teaching at eight courses under the new program. "To contribute to the establishment and development of a master's program in Tanzania is really a meaningful task," says Professor Klaus Mohn, who has been four times this year in Dar es Salaam to lecture.
The first class of 40 students has now completed all the courses in the program, and are ready to take on the master’s thesis. Lecturers at the UiSBS will be engaged as mentors for some of these students. This November, over 40 new students have joined the program. The UiSBS will gradually withdraw and UDBS will assume full responsibility for all program activities from 2019. The agreement with the University of Dar-es-Salaam Business School has proved to combine education and capacity-building for the mutual interest and benefit of all parties in the collaboration.