Mathew is the UDASA representative for the College of Information and Communication Technologies (CoICT). He is a Commonwealth Scholar and a Lecturer in Information Systems in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Mathew has a PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Leeds in the UK, an MPhil in Research Methods and Skills from the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) in The Netherlands, an MSc in Health Informatics and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Dar es Salaam. Mathew’s research interests include the Implementations of ICT projects and Organisational Change in the context of developing countries with a focus on health information systems (HIS), digital health systems, and evaluations of implementation projects.
He teaches BSc and MSc courses in Information Systems, Systems Analysis and Design, Health Information Systems, Research Methodologies, Implementation of ICT Projects, Change Management and Organisational Change. Also, he supervises MSc and PhD students.
Mathew has diverse practical experience in the field of ICT both in the private and public sectors. He joined the UDSM in 2008 as a Tutorial Assistant and since then has been involved in several research projects on implementation of HIS and digital health initiatives under the Ministry of Health in Tanzania and other local and international stakeholders. He has provided technical expertise in information systems requirements elicitation and analysis, systems analysis and design, software customisation, data quality, data analysis, training facilitation, and user support.
Before joining the UDSM, Mathew worked with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) company in Arusha, Habari Node Plc, as an internet technician and later as a supervisor in the cable network department. Later he joined the headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) as a manager of a Health-ICT unit where he worked with about 30 faith-based hospitals countrywide to set up ICT infrastructure for implementation of Hospital Information Systems and other digital health solutions.
Apart from his academic and research responsibilities, Mathew likes reading, writing, and long driving. Also, he has developed skills for more than 15 years of experience in resolving relationship and marriage conflicts and providing counselling on issues around academics excellence, career development, individuals and groups relationships, marriages, and family. He has also been involved in the recruitment of ICT experts for different organisations.