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The PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is an Africa-fled fund that aims to help create a critical mass of highly skilled scientists, professionals and innovators in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (ASET) fields. It is an initiative of PASET. The coordination of PASET-RSIF is done by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) on behalf of the African governments and other donors.

Scholarships are for 3-4 years in PASET RSIF priority thematic areas: ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence; food security and agribusiness; minerals, mining and materials engineering; energy includes renewables; and climate change. The goal is to provide up to 10,000 high-quality PhD training scholarships to African students in the next 10 years. After this year’s selection, by the PASET Regional Coordination Unit, a number of students will join the NM-AIST for their doctoral studies in Materials Science and Engineering (MaSE). Process of selection and scholarships allocation are underway.

PASET-RSIF offers a unique and historic opportunity for African countries to train new doctoral students in high quality PhD programmes in applied sciences, engineering and technology at an affordable cost in competitively selected African universities partnered with international universities. Beyond doctoral training, RSIF systematically nurtures research capacity by fostering partnerships between universities, domestic and international firms to find solutions to local challenges.

The Deputy Minister of Livestock and Fisheries of Tanzania, Hon. Abdalah Hamis Ulega and the Regional Commissioner of Arusha, Hon. Mrisho Gambo, exchanging some words with the Vice Chancellor of the NM-AIST, Prof. Emmanuel J. Luoga awarding him a trophy and certificate as recognition of the NM-AIST as overall winner in the category of Higher Learning Institutions which participated in the 26 Nanenane Exhibitions for Northern Zone 2019.

The Director General of the Medical Store Department (MSD) Tanzania, Dr. Rugambwa Bwanakunu, commending on an impending need of capacity building in pharmaceutical industry during his presentation at Opening Ceremony of the Graduate Programme for Biotechnology and Regularities, organized by the NM-AIST through the Africa Centre for Research, Agricultural Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability (CREATES), In collaboration with Purdue University and other stakeholders, The discuss and arrangement for establishment of MSc. And PhD programmes in pharmacy field by using modern and cheap technologies were made.

For the first time of its participation to National Nanenane Exhibitions, NM-AIST has been declared 3rd winner in the Educational Institutions category! Congratulations to Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Incubation Centre for pioneering the win! First winer was Sokoine University of Agriculture(SUA), and 2nd being Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA). Its yet a promising beginning!

International Research and Practitioners Network on Irrigation and Agricultural Development in Africa organized by NM-AIST through the Centre of Excellence in Water Infrastructures and Sustainable Energy (WISE-Futures) March 15-16, 2019.

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