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  1. Introduction
  2. Partnerships
  3. Public Services

The core mission of NM-AIST is strongly focused on the need to efficiently and effectively provide external stakeholders with relevant public services, maintaining linkages with industry which quite efficaciously enhance the quality, innovativeness and competitiveness of their products and services. The aim is to ensure that the teaching and learning, research and innovation, and public service programmes of the institution create substantial impact on national and regional socio-economic development. Unquestionably, NM-AIST is committed to contribute to the transformation and co-creation of the society and local industry through proactive engagements. In this regard, efforts are being made to enhance NM-AIST's entrepreneurial capacities and capabilities, industrial and institutional partnerships, and meaningful linkages with all other external stakeholders.

Industrial Partnerships

In line with its Motto of Academia for Society and Industry, NM-AIST sees academia-industry partnerships as key for the realization of its noble Vision and Mission. Thus, the training at NM-AIST is linked to the promotion of the growth and development of the local industry through, among other things, the following activities:Teaching and learning of innovation, IPR and entrepreneurship knowledge and skills.

  • Responsive research and innovation aimed at developing tangible products, and generating industrial and business solutions.
  • Identification of business opportunities emanating from students' research- work, and enticing and supporting students and graduates to develop them into real business start-ups.
  • Development of business plans and facilitation of participation in business plan competitions.
  • Supporting technology-cum-business incubators on campus, and catalyzing spin-off of start-ups.

  • Institutional Partnerships

    NM-AIST has invested significant energy and efforts in developing institutional partnerships and networks at national, regional and global levels. Partnerships with world-class institutions at global level have been established with a view to taping into the wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience accumulated by such institutions over the years. Lessons learnt from experiences gained in the course of developing such world-class institutions are intended to enable NM-AIST to avoid possible mistakes and strategize how to possibly skip some development stages, and therefore leapfrog to steady state.

Co-creation Activities

Co-creation is about involving a community outside ones establishment in the ideation phase of a new product or service development. With co-creation, the participants - which may include customers, suppliers or the general population - are made aware that they are contributing towards the development of ideas and concepts.

Given its international connections and the relatively easy access to the pool of knowledge, expertise and experience available at international level, public service at NM-AIST entails sharing the wealth of knowledge and expertise derived from the international community of science and technology with and translating the same to address the needs and problems of the society and industry in Tanzania and region. For optimum results engagement of target beneficiaries to facilitate meaningful co- creation is vital. This may take different modes including training workshops and other fora.

The Nelson Mandela SETI Week @ NM-AIST

In memory and honour of the late Nelson Mandela, NM-AIST organizes every year since 2013 a Nelson Mandela SETI Week on the week of the great man's birthday, July 18. The Nelson Mandela SETI Week is being conducted annually under the running theme " Become a Nelson Mandela Change Maker ", as a strategy to bridge the gap between academia on one side and society and industry on the other. On this occasion NM-AIST invites the general public, members of the business community, academic and research institutions as well as schools. The activities carried out during the Nelson Mandela SETI Week include the following:

  • Public Lectures by renowned scientists and technologists;
  • A symposium on a selected SETI related theme;
  • Exhibitions by NM-AISTians (staff and students), the Industry, Research Institutions, Primary and Secondary Schools, and the Civil Society;
  • Innovation Competitions;
  • Nelson Mandela Change-Maker Awards for Innovations of various categories;
  • Science Fair and Nobel Prize Symposium for secondary schools - intended to inspire secondary school students, by presentations that poke into the lives and minds of the Nobel Laureates in physics, chemistry, medicines, economics, peace and literature to prove the fact that nothing is beyond the reach of a committed and dedicated mind;
  • Sports and fanfare.

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