The School of BuSH (Continue'd)
Facilitation of effective Academia for Society and Industry
The School of BuSH is charged with the responsibility of linking NM-AIST to communities and the industry, and ensuring that it is responsive to the latter's needs, problems and challenges. NM-AIST strategies of ensuring effectiveness as an academia for society and industry include the following:
- Translation of research results into tangible products, industrial and business solutions that addresses needs and problems of the society and industry;
- Extension of NM-AIST arm to industry and society through.
- Continuing Education and PDPs
- Leveraging NM-AIST's Networks, etc.
- Promotion of STEM in schools to prepare future NM-AIST students;
- Organization of business plan competitions;
- Establishment of technology-cum-business incubators for company spin-offs.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Acceleration Initiative at NM-AIST
The School of BuSH coordinates the initiatives designed to stimulate and promote innovation and entrepreneurship among NM-AIST students which includes the following:
- All students required to take innovation and entrepreneurship under common courses in Business Studies and Humanities;
- Student research is directed to address real needs and problems facing the society and industry with a view to enabling them to become problem solvers;
- All students are required to identify business opportunities emanating from their research-work;
- Students are encouraged to team up and develop Business Plans on some of the identified business opportunities;
- Business Plan Competitions are organized and assessed by external experts from industry;
- Technology-cum-business incubation have been established to catalyzing spin-offs and start-ups of competitiveness technological businesses.
With effect from January 2016, the School of BuSH in collaboration with various partners is charged with running of the "African Grand Challenge @ NM-AIST" which is designed to involve participants from a wide range of African Universities. The ideas developed during and after the African Grand Challenge will be further developed into the Business Plans for translation into tangible products and services.
Other Initiatives Managed by the School of BuSH
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Studies In partnership with UNESCO and the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), the School of BuSH conducts training on STI Policy to academics, researchers, media practitioners, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The major purpose of the STI Policy training is to mainstream STI into the development processes in East Africa.
The Nelson Mandela SETI Week (of July 18)
The School of BuSH is also responsible for coordinating organization of the Nelson Mandela SETI Week, which is celebrated every year on the week of Nelson Mandela's birth day, July 18. The running theme of the NM SETI Week is "Innovation for Change: Become a Nelson Mandela Change-Maker". The events of the week include the following:
- Public Lectures by top notch experts in SETI related areas;
- Open Week and Exhibitions
- Annual STEM/SETI Convention;
- Nobel Symposium and Science Fair for Secondary Schools
- Innovation Competitions;
- Nelson Mandela Change-Maker Awards;
- Blood Donation.
UNESCO Chair on STI Policy and Leadership
The School of BuSH hosts the UNESCO Chair in STI Policy and Leadership for the Eastern Africa Region since 2016. The following are the key objectives of the UNESCO Chair on STI Policy and Leadership:
- Scaling up short courses to the level of Master's and Doctoral programmes in STI Policy and Leadership;
- Conducting science, technology and innovations value chain related research to inform policy making;
- Establishing staff and students exchange programs with collaborating partners;
- Creating awareness of STI Policies and Leadership focusing on gender and environmental sustainability through conferences, workshops, seminars and colloquiums.
The Arusha Living Lab
The Arusha Living Lab is a platform for the generation, discussion and implementation of ideas that make a difference to the surrounding community. Projects implemented under the auspices of the Arusha Living Lab include the Nganana and Nambala Primary Schools e-reader project that seeks to improve Primary School children's access to reading materials (ICT Education for Primary Schools).
The School of BuSH also offers services in social science research methods and stakeholders engagement for the advancement of science, technology and innovation in Tanzania.