We visited the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha this Monday and Tuesday on invitation of Prof. Burton L.M. Mwamila. The purpose of the visit was to see how we could collaborate between TANZICT and NM-AIST.
Our project document (which is essentially our reference guideline for the project implementation) states that we should start the innovation and entrepreneurship activities of project component III at least in one place outside Dar es Salaam. Well, we’re a bit more ambitious than that because we believe that there’s a lot of talent and potential in ICT and entrepreneurship around Tanzania than just in the biggest cities.
So we started with Arusha this week, and we are also planning to do a similar visit in December to the Tumaine University in Iringa on invitation of Prof. Matti Tedre and to the University of Dodoma on invitation of Principal Prof. Nerey H. Mvungi in January. The idea is, of course, that if the different universities are interested in similar activities around innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation, we can pool resources and trainings together, when different activities are being launched.
Our visit to NM-AIST proved very useful and they already promised to involve colleagues (as students are called at NM-AIST) this week with the Apps4Africa and EducationForAll competitions. We also agreed that we would return in about two weeks for a longer visit and actually start the first activities and trainings there.
NM-AIST has very ambitious goals of becoming the leading institution in science, technology and innovation for sustainable development and economic growth in the region and what’s really great about working with them is that they have just started with the first one hundred students three weeks ago, so everyone is really open to new ideas and working across disciplines; and as the self-contained campus is located in the countryside, everyone’s always close by.
As you can see in the photo gallery regarding the visit, we also had the extraordinary luck of our visit happening to coincide with the first visit of H.E. Sinikka Antila, the Ambassador of Finland, to Arusha and East African Community HQ, accompanied by Jussi Nummelin, the new Second Secretary at the Finnish Embassy.
Check the full photo story of the visit in the gallery below. Share under Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution-Non commercial-ShareALike as usual.