About NM-AIST (Continue'd)
Within this context, the concept of AISTs has emerged as one of the ways in which Africa can use higher education to promote SETI, and their applications to foster SSA's development, and to narrow the growing scientific and technological gaps (or knowledge deficit) between the same and the rest of the world.
In response to Nelson Mandela's suggestion the Government of Tanzania provided about 3,484acres of land for the development of NM-AIST. Subsequently, the Government resolved through a Cabinet decision of April 2008 to relocate the Centre for Agricultural Mechanization and Rural Technology (CAMARTEC), to allow its premises to serve as a start-up campus of the new institution. The Government of Tanzania has also financed the rehabilitation and face-lifting of start-up buildings and infrastructure so inherited as well as other new start-up constructions. The 199 acre start-up campus in Tengeru has a built environment currently sufficient to support an initial population of up to 1,000 people comprising students and staff. With further expansion of the built environment the campus can accommodate a population of up to 2,500 staff and students. The amount of money so far spent by the Government of Tanzania in establishing, operationalizing, and developing NM-AIST to its current status has to-date reached the equivalent of US$ 60 mil.
Areal Photo of the Start-up 199 Acre Tengeru Campus