Department of Community and Rural Development (CRD)

Overview of the Department

I sincerely feel greatly honored to welcome you all to the Department of Community and Rural Development of the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU). Currently the department offers Bachelor Degree in Community Economic Development (BCED) and Postgraduate Diploma in Community Development (PGD-CD); however, the department enrolls PhD students who have interest in the areas of Community Development. Our graduates are mainly employed as community development staff by the public service and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and others are self-employed.

The Department is among of the four departments under the Faculty of Cooperative and Community Development (FCCD). The department was established form the first department of the faculty (Department of Cooperative Development and Management) which the elder department of the university. Since its establishment the department has been a core source of human resourceful products and skilled graduates in the field of Community Development. Currently the department is in a plan to establish a master degree in development studies and PhD programs by course work.

Cyril K. Komba (PhD)
Head of Department

Currently the department has a full of qualified staff members from the rank of Tutorial assistances to the rank of senior lecturers who are engaged in teaching,  research activities, consultants as well as community services and outreach activities. The students in the department the students in the department have a Community development club which is patronised and matronised by our staff members; the club in collaboration with lecturers in the department are regularly participating in community services and outreach activities in each semester of the academic year.

Academic Programmes

Postgraduate Diploma in Community Development (PGD CD)

This is a two semester program. The programme is designed to equip candidates with advanced knowledge and skills in Community Development so that they effectively facilitate self-help community development initiatives. Specifically the programme aims to: provide professional training in community development, facilitation approaches and strategies; enable candidates apply participatory community development methods and techniques; and enable candidates to appreciate the role of community development in the economy. Postgraduate Diploma in Community Development (PGD-CD) was approved by the Senate in 2004.
Graduates of this course are able to do the following, among others: Design, in a participatory manner, rural and urban development promotion strategies; Evolve strategies to mobilize community resources for community development; Build self-sustaining community development programs; Assume senior leadership positions in community development – oriented programs in the government, Non-governmental organizations and other institutions; Qualify for further training; and Employ themselves and compete favourably in the market. Admission Requirements for this programme include: An Advanced Diploma from recognized institutions of higher learning or a Bachelor degree from recognized institutions of higher learning.

Bachelor of Arts in Community Economic Development (BA CED)

This is an existing programme since the year 2008. It is a full time three years programme under the semester system. Applicants for BCED should have obtained a Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) or equivalent with passes in five principle subjects, obtained prior to sitting for the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) or equivalent; and at least two principal level passes and a total of at least 4.5 points in principle subjects in the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE); University Qualification Framework (UQF) level 6 (Ordinary Diploma) and NTA level 6 (ordinary diploma) that is relevant to the programme and should have at least four passes at Ordinary level (NQF level 4). Recognition of prior-learning (RPL): Applicants should have an average of a B+ grade in relevant courses.
This programme was designed to equip undergraduate students to deal with complex issues in the national and international community economic development. Graduates in this programme will be able to perform community economic functions in community development. Specific objectives shall be to: Equip candidates with a blend of community development knowledge and skills so as to become professionals in their field; Enable candidates to uphold ethics relevant to community economic development; Address both the global and national professional requirements for best practices in community economic development; and Inculcate entrepreneurial attitudes to candidates
Applications for admissions are normally invited once a year between July and September. The detailed information about the application procedures and requirements are usually stated through the University main website and many other outlets.

Students and Alumni

Currently the Department has students in first, second and third year BCED and semester one PGD-CD programmes. Our alumni in the Department include all students who pursued the BCED Degree since 2008. First BCED students were enrolled in 2008/2009 academic year. The first batch graduated in 2011. For the first time, the University graduation ceremony comprised the conferring of a BCED Degree to 180 graduands. The PGD-CD current students and graduates since 2005 are also recognized as the alumni of the department.

List of Staff