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The experts at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology are commended and urged to enhance their efforts in drafting comprehensive projects, taking into consideration funding aspects to boost income and increase student admissions to the institution.

This directive was issued by Vice Chancellor Prof. Maulilio Kipanyula during a staff meeting on February 19, 2024, held in the conference hall of the institution's Tengeru Campus in Arusha.

"Management is actively fostering an enabling environment for teams of professionals to efficiently and professionally write projects, contributing to the institution's development" stated Prof. Kipanyula.

He further implored lecturers to provide project writing training for Master's and PhD students, enabling them to secure small projects that ensure continuity even after completing their studies.

During the session, Prof. Kipanyula shared information about the Institute's involvement in various national events, such as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and the Fourth e-Government Annual Conference. Scientists from the institute actively participated, highlighting the institution's significant contributions to the field of Science and Technology.

Additionally, in efforts to enhance capacity and educational development among employees, 27 lecturers have been awarded scholarships to pursue doctoral degrees through the Economic Reforms for Higher Education (HEET Project).

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Planning, Finance, and Administration, Prof. Suzana Augustino, encouraged employees to collaborate in making the institution a safe and better workplace, aligning with laws, regulations, and procedures.

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology is actively fostering enthusiasm among girls and women to embrace and pursue studies in Science, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, and Innovation, with the aim of increasing expertise in these fields within the country.

This statement was made on February 11, 2024, in Arusha by Prof. Suzana Augustino, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Planning, Finance, and Administration, during the celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science held at the AICC International Conference Hall in Arusha.

"In our implementation efforts, apart from offering Master's and PhD training, we also provide incentives to primary and secondary students to engage in the study of science, mathematics, technology, engineering, and innovation through STEMi clubs, collaborating closely with our researchers," emphasized Prof. Suzana Augustino.

She further highlighted the institution's collaboration with primary and secondary schools, providing expertise to teach students practical applications across various fields.

"We are involved in a school where children learn about renewable energy, and our institution provides expertise for hands-on experience. By doing this, we aim to cultivate a love for science studies in children, contributing to the government's mission of increasing the number and participation of women and girls in science," explained Prof. Suzana Augustino.

Prof. Neema Kassim, a lecturer at the institution, urged the community to provide children with opportunities to engage in practical lessons, fostering a love for their studies through various discussions that build confidence. This year's International Day of Women and Girls in Science is guided by the slogan "Women and Girls in the Leadership of Science, a New Era of Sustainable Development."

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has acknowledged the essential role of Science and Technology in national development, thereby investing significantly in strong infrastructural support within educational institutions specializing in these fields, such as the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology.

On December 14, 2023, during an official visit to the institution in Arusha, Professor Carolyne Nombo, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, emphasized this commitment. She stressed that the government's dedication to fostering an environment conducive to technological advancement by ensuring a continuous transition of innovations from research to market viability. Professor Carolyne highlighted the strategic investment in the commercial sector, aiming to facilitate the entry of technologies developed by researchers into the market through collaborations or subsidiary initiatives.

"The government, through costech, allocates annual funds to enhance various technologies crafted by our researchers and designers. Our objective is to refine these innovations, making them market-ready and capable of addressing societal challenges," Professor Carolyne stated. Furthermore, emphasizing the educational sector's broader vision, Professor Carolyne outlined plans to promote educational tourism. The initiative aims to attract diverse visitors to educational institutions, offering insights into innovative advancements across various sectors.

"In many instances, individuals traveling abroad engage in educational tourism by visiting educational or research institutions. Tanzania seeks to facilitate such educational tourism, thereby strengthening the arrival of tourists keen on exploring our nation's educational landscape," added Professor Carolyne Nombo.

During the visit, Vice Chancellor Professor Maulilio Kipanyula clarified the purpose behind Professor Carolyne's visit, was firsthand insights into the institution's activities by touring the Teaching and Research Laboratories, along with the Incubation Centre, to witness the diverse variety of innovations generated by the institution.

The University of Glasgow paid an official visit to NM-AIST on February 7th to explore opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions in which they also had an opportunity to engage in discussion with Prof. Anthony Mshandete, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic, Research, and Innovation, who represented the Vice-Chancellor.

This visit was in line with the insightful discussions that took place at the NM-AIST Conference Hall, where Prof. Qammer Hussain Abbasi and Prof. Imran Muhammad presented research opportunities available at the University of Glasgow.

These professors specialize in IoT( Internet-of-Things) , Communication Sensing, Wireless, and healthcare (ICT application), and their expertise can greatly contribute to the growth of IoT skills and capacity within the NM-AIST community.

Both parties are considering the possibility of establishing a partnership that could include joint PhD programs, staff mobility, student exchanges, research collaborations, and the commercialization of solutions developed through this collaboration. It is worth noting that Prof. Qammer and Prof. Imran from Glasgow, as well as Prof. Shubi and Prof. Kisangiri from NM-AIST, have been supervising Dr. Michael Mollel, an NM-AIST alumnus who is currently conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Glasgow in the UK.

This visit and potential partnership signify a promising opportunity for both institutions to enhance their academic and research capabilities through collaboration and knowledge exchange.

Prof. Maulilio Kipanyula, Vice Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, emphasized the pivotal role of drafting productive projects as the primary means of generating internal income for the institution.

During a meeting with the institution's employees in Arusha on December 4, 2023, Prof. Kipanyula highlighted, "The composition of substantial, high-yield projects stands as a key avenue for augmenting our institution's revenue. Winning and securing these projects significantly bolsters our income, making it imperative for our researchers to approach this task with utmost diligence."

He stressed that the institution's progress hinges on the collaborative efforts between employees and management aimed at enhancing the institution's well-being.

"I urge you to operate on the principles of integrity, excellence, unwavering dedication, and consistency to not only attract local clientele but also to foster a positive reputation for our institution," he emphasized.

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