The School of Business Studies and Humanities (BuSH)

  1. Introduction
  2. Degree Programmes
  3. Other Responsibilities of BuSH
  4. BuSH staff members.

The education and training approach adopted by NM-AIST is to blend Science and Engineering, and incorporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship to enable development of solutions that address the various and many needs, problems and challenges confronting the society and industry.

In this regard, the School of Business Studies and Humanities (BuSH) plays a unique role at the NM–AIST. It is responsible for the delivery of courses that impart onto the students attributes of innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic leadership that will enable them to become effective industry captains, techno-preneurs and innovation managers. The School offers common core courses that are compulsory and common to all Master's and PhD students at the NM-AIST. These courses include: Innovation Management and Competitiveness; Entrepreneurship and Management; Philosophy, Ethics and Law; as well as Research Methodology and Communication Skills.

The School of BuSH envisages offering Master's and PhD programmes in the following fields:

    • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship; (IM-E)
    • Intellectual Property and Technology Management (IP-TM);
    • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Leadership.

The School of BuSH training curricula is designed to incorporate strong entrepreneurship modules in Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI). The BuSH's curriculum also seeks to accommodate, enable, stimulate, catalyze and harness the innovativeness and entrepreneurial qualities inherent in the young generation.

NM-AIST with its tranquil environment and surroundings offers a unique and conducive learning environment. Study at NM AIST, study at BuSH!

Through the School of BuSH NM-AIST seeks to accommodate, enable, stimulate, catalyze and harness the innovativeness and entrepreneurial qualities inherent in the young generation. It thus organizes science fairs and nobel symposium during the annual Nelson Mandela SETI week. In that connection, an inaugural STEM Boot Camp was successfully organized for secondary school in January 2016, in collaboration with ProjeKt Inspire.

  • State of the art class rooms and facilities.
  • International learning environment.
  • Exposure to international events and networking.
  • Learn from renowned local and international experts in business management, leadership and innovation.
  • Incubate your business ideas in our incubators and start a company. Meet and interact with business and industry leaders.

The Nelson Mandela PPP (NM PPP) Initiative

The School of BuSH is responsible for coordinating the Nelson Mandela Public Private Partnership (NM-PPP) initiative which has been established to serve as:

  • Mechanism for technology transfer and co-creation that ensures that NM-AIST's innovations and other technological solutions effectively address real needs and problems of the society and industry;
  • Mechanism to facilitate engagement of public & private sectors in promoting
    • STEM in schools
    • A more science literate Tanzanian/EA society;
  • Initiative for promotion of productive academia-industry partnerships to facilitate substantial contribution to wealth creation, economic growth & sustainable development, and ensure return on investment of NM-AIST.

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.

1 Kelvin M. Mtei Ag. Dean of School

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