The merger between Tangaza College and Consolata Philosophicum remains in sight despite being postponed time and again. Initially meant for October 24, the merger was postponed to Nov, 25th and then put off till the New Year (2012).
As he postponed the event just before Nov, 25th, the College Principal Fr. Patrick Roe said that there were still some legal hurdles to be ironed out and that had led to them putting off the celebration of the merger slated for Friday 25, November, 2011. This date would have coincided with the last day of the semester’s lectures.
The strategic planning process towards the celebration of the merger was launched during this academic year’s opening mass on August 15, 2011 here at Tangaza.
The two institutions will merge with a collective interest of becoming a university, (currently the proposed, Tangaza Consolata University (TCU). Both institutions arose from a missionary concern of training young missionaries for priesthood, with Consolata Philosophicum mostly teaching philosophy and Tangaza offering Theology classes (at least at the beginning). The merger is really strategic in the sense that to study Theology, in a Catholic context, one has to first study philosophy.
Tangaza College initiated a strategic planning research process with the distribution of questionnaires to carry out a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis. This was complete by around October 31, 2011 and the entire process is meant to run until June 2012, with various steps involved.
By Stephen Mbobu.