Collaboration with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania

Researchers and teachers at Karolinska Institutet (KI) have been working with their counterparts at MUHAS for the past 30 years. During this period, more than 30 doctoral students from MUHAS have benefited from this collaboration, many of whom have successfully defended PhD and graduated thanks to this Sida-funded collaboration.

Karolinska Institutet and MUHAS signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2009. Owing to the importance of this collaboration, this MOU was renewed in 2014, when the two Universities applied for the Sida Research Training Partnership Programme 2015–2020, which has been extended for 2021A new MOU was signed in 2019 for a new five year period.  Through this time, both Universities have benefitted through academic exchange, scientific output, joint training, and capacity strengthening. 

Areas of collaboration

The present collaboration, partly funded through Sida since 2015, is within the following areas:

  1. Getting the health system to deliver for mothers and babies in Tanzania.
  2. Strengthening the interventions for control and elimination of Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases as an Integral Part of Global Efforts for Poverty Reduction in Tanzania.
  3. Research capacity strengthening for the control of HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) in Tanzania.
  4. Strengthening the interventions for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases including road traffic injuries in Tanzania.
  5. Building within and outside MUHAS, capacity for training PhDs and develop short courses for faculty, researchers, and PhD students.

The MUHAS vision

The MUHAS vision is to be “a university excelling in quality training of health professionals, research and public service with a conducive learning and working environment”. Its mission is “to provide quality training, research and service in health and related fields for the attainment of equitable socio-economic development of the Tanzanian community and beyond”. 

Applicants from MUHAS applying for doctoral courses at KI

The current Sida program supports students who registers at KI as well as those registering at MUHAS. To achieve the program’s objectives, from 2019 all the Sida-supported doctoral students from MUHAS will be regarded as KI doctoral students when applying for doctoral courses at KI. This is applicable for courses stipulated in the  course catalogue.

Deadline for applications is May 15 and November 15. It is therefore important for the doctoral students from MUHAS to indicate the following statement in their application:

I am a Sida-financed PhD student at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in collaboration with KI and belong thus to the same selection group as doctoral students admitted to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet.


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Monika Berge-Thelander

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