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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.

The Higher Education Economic Transformation (HEET Project) has brought together project management teams from 22 Institutions and Universities. Their current focus lies on capacity building training, aimed at equipping them with the essential skills necessary for effectively navigating risks during the project's implementation.

The comprehensive five-day training from December 4th to 8th, 2023, is being held at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha, under coordination of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology.

Dr. Sako Meyrick, facilitator, emphasized a crucial aspect during the training—understanding the intricacies of both internal and external risks concerning the project's objectives at both national and international levels.

Addressing the diverse types and characteristics of risks, Dr. Sako stressed the importance of a clear understanding of the project's goals and focus areas, such clarity enables the identification and effective mitigation of these risks.

Dr. Kenny Hosea, the National Level Project Coordinator and Director of Higher Education, highlighted the significance of this training for all participating institutions and universities by underscored its pivotal role in the successful execution of the project.

In addition, Prof. Suzana Augustino, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Planning, Finance, and Administration at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, extended a warm welcome to the participants. Speaking on behalf of Prof. Maulilio Kipanyula, the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, she expressed her hopes for a highly productive training session contributing significantly to the project's success.

The primary aim of this training is to enhance the project management teams' capabilities in identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks, thereby ensuring the fulfillment of the project's objectives.

The Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA) at NM-AIST in Arusha, Tanzania, is conducting a four-day Summer School from November 20th to 24th, 2023, with theme "Commercialization in the Age of Technology," aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully introduce new products and services to the market.

During the opening of the Summer School Dr. Mussa Ally Dida, the Dean of the School of Computation, Communication Science, and Engineering, expressed NM-AIST's commitment to nurturing scholars in transforming their ideas and prototypes into viable businesses.

"NM-AIST is an international institution that attracts scholars from almost all African countries. Our goal is to provide them with international exposure, bringing in diverse expertise from around the world through conferences and workshops," Dr. Mussa Ally Dida commented.

Mr. Jumanne Mtambalike, the CEO of Sahara Ventures and the facilitator of the event, emphasized that the commercialization of products and services through digital transformation hinges on understanding consumers' needs and utilizing the right brand ambassadors for enhanced business success.

CENIT@EA at NM-AIST aims to expose participants to various stages of the commercialization process, guiding them from ideation to product launch.

Ministry of Agriculture Explores AI Collaboration at NM-AIST for Agricultural Advancements in Tanzania.

This visit aligns with the Tanzanian government's growing acknowledgment of the transformative power of emerging technologies like AI within the agricultural sector. AI holds the promise of automating tasks, refining data collection and analysis methods, and generating novel insights crucial for crop yield optimization, as well as effective pest and disease control strategies.

Throughout the visit, Ministry officials engaged with Professor Maulilio Kipanyula, the Vice-Chancellor of NM-AIST, and the proficient team steering the AI project.

The government has allocated over 9 billion shillings for the financial year 23/24 to support the development and market entry of various innovations and technologies aimed at addressing societal challenges.

Deputy Minister of Education, Science, and Technology, Hon. Omary Kipanga, made this announcement during the opening of the cerebration of the sixth anniversary of the Centre of Excellence For ICT in East Africa at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology.

Hon. Kipanga stated that the government's responsibility is to create an enabling environment by establishing infrastructure and implementing policies that foster the growth of ICT expertise in the East African region.

Prof. Maulilio Kipanyula, Vice Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, highlighted the Centre for Competence in Information Technology's successful track record over the past six years. The centre has produced 136 graduates from member countries of the East African community who have made significant contributions to solving societal challenges through their innovative ideas.

Prof. Gaspard Banyakimbona, Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council Of East Africa (IUCEA), expressed the union's commitment to continuing cooperation in providing education in the digital field, aligning with the advancements of the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions in technology.

The event of celebrating Centre of Excellence in ICT six-year anniversary is sponsored by the German Government through Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), under the coordination of the East African Community and the Inter-University Council Of East Africa (IUCEA). It brought together stakeholders from various countries.

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