Institute of Physics,DTBi and UDSM top pick STEM business leaders

07Dec 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Institute of Physics,DTBi and UDSM top pick STEM business leaders

AS the country gears up to realise an ambitious industrial development blue print by 2025, Institute of Physics (IOP) Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) and University of Dar es Salaam will evaluate Future STEM Business Leaders business proposals targeting to solve community problems-

and choose winners who will undergo a six week internship.blems

The competing students will today pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges who will decide successful candidates for the Future STEM Business Leaders programme with the aim of helping young scientists discover opportunities beyond the scope of traditional pathways and develop a broad range of skills to enhance their career prospects.

“Based on our experience of entrepreneurship and building start-ups, we have found that students need a better foundation, integrating the applied and practical aspects of STEM,” said Dr George Mulamula who is Chief Executive Officer at DTBi. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“Doing this at the school level ensures that students are better prepared to be innovative and entrepreneurial at university, which in turn makes it easier for students to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to solve community problems,” added Dr Mulamula.

President of IOP, Professor Dame Higgins said the institute is supporting the country tap its young talent in science and technology to solve problems. “By supporting the Tanzanian science, technology and business communities, including the Tanzanian Physical Society, we are joining forces to tackle a national challenge – that science students in Tanzania finish school with very little in the way of business skills,” Prof Higgins said.

“But Tanzania’s economy relies on a growing science and technology private sector. By working together with the University of Dar es Salaam, DTBi, schools and business leaders from across Tanzania – we are together achieving incredible results to help equip young people for a strong future,” Prof Higgins added.

The Institute of Physics is the professional and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland, inspiring people to develop their knowledge, understanding and use physics to solve community problems.

The IOP works with a range of partners to support and develop the teaching of physics in schools; encourage innovation, growth and productivity in business, including addressing significant skills shortages.

“We provide evidence-based advice and support to governments in the UK and Ireland.  Our members come from across the physics community, whether in industry, academia, the classroom, technician roles or in training programmes as an apprentice or a student,” the IOP President noted.

The latest IOP event concludes this year’s Future STEM Business Leaders programme, which encourages students at the secondary level in Tanzania to apply their scientific training to solve local challenges with business ideas.

The programme,  now in its second year, has been working with schools to help students develop their skills by taking them through the process from identifying a science-based solution to a problem in the local community, to preparing the business idea for the market.