Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Where can you find university application guidance?

Where can East African students go to find help on applying for higher studies? One of the things Vijana FM is trying to do is create a consolidated list of application resources for prospective students, whether they intend to continue their studies in East Africa or abroad.

Some suggestions we have had in the past:
- Friends and family;
- Newspaper advertisements;
- Forums on radio;
- Embassy or Consulate of the country in which the student wants to study;
- School guidance councilors.

How else do they find out? And how can we collectively work towards a more inclusive and comprehensive information source?


  1. I personally think there is almost everything about universities (and scholarships) on internet. Spending enough time searching patiently for the university programs you are interested in pays off most of the time. It's not that straight forward as Joji and other commentators outlined here (re: European universities):


    Unfortunately, our Tanzanian universities do not seem to value the power of internet; for instance, the UDSM website is disappointing as far as I am concerned.

  2. I think I would be interested in putting together a crash course of sorts on the university application process to post on VijanaFM.

  3. I did some very brief research into the websites of University of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), Makarere University (Uganda), and Nairobi University (Kenya).

    UDSM: http://www.udsm.ac.tz/index.php

    Makarere: http://mak.ac.ug/

    UON: http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/

    There are clear differences in the information structures. University of Nairobi's seems to be laid out most efficiently, with most pertinent links at the top and drop down menus to follow...

    Nevertheless, websites are important, and I am concerned about those that might not have time to browse all the information when visiting internet cafe's etc or accessing these pages from their smart phones.

    I'm wondering how such a forum or, as Taha says, a crash course of this kind could be hosted through newspapers, radio or TV...