College organizes entrepreneurial start-up competition

10Feb 2018
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
College organizes entrepreneurial start-up competition

TANZANIA’S ambition to become a middle–income country requires a vision of development which fully applies and integrates science, technology and innovation (STI) as well as changing to entrepreneurial and STI-led economy.

Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo (centre, seated) in a group photo after officiating at an award presentation ceremony to students from various universities in Tanzania, South Korea and Nepal who participated in the International Start-up Mission for Art, Design Responsibility and Technology (SMART) competition that was held at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha region. PHOTO: Correspondent /edited/emn

Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo made the remarks last week at the just-ended International Start-up Mission for Art, Design, Responsibility and Technology (SMART) competition that was held at the Arusha-based Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST).

He said currently the tertiary education system in Tanzania concentrates on theoretical rather than practical teaching, with minimal avenues to put one’s ideas into reality.

This results in low technological innovation that graduates from this system and innovators in the communities.

Learning institutions have also a limited interactions and collaboration with entrepreneurs and industries and this has led to incompetent human resources training and poor sharing of knowledge, skills and experience.

This leads to the introduction of a new pedagogical ways of imparting knowledge and skills as well as harnessing entrepreneurship for industrialization using platforms such as incubation programmes and SMART business plan competitions.

The RC welcomed NM-AIST and its partners who have organized International Start-up Mission for Art, Design Responsibility and Technology (SMART) competition which prepares students and entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas and business plan by solving problems that face their communities.

He commended NM-AIST’s job that aims to motivate competitors from various universities in the country, including South Korea and Nepal, and various other collaborators like Innovative Technology and Energy Center (iTEC), E3Empower, Washington State University, Relay International and FMS Korea.

According to him, NM-AIST and ITEC institutions were ready to work in partnership with them on various issues to address industrial challenges.

Through collaboration with Korea, NM-AIST aims to ensure that the country attains the same development pace as that of the South Korea.

For his part, NM-AIST Vice-Chancellor Prof Kaloli Njau said participants of the event were part of the main ITEC agenda focusing on technology-based start-up focusing on social responsibility.

The competition brought together 26 teams, 17 finalists out of 57 local applicants and 9 international teams, mainly from Korea and Nepal.

 

 

 

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