By Jane Lisa
The Arusha Technical College (ATC) has signed Memorandum of Understanding with five Industries in Tanzania. The aim of these MoUs among others include to collaborate in staff and students practical training, conduct joint research activities and provision of access to teaching and learning facilities.
The five (5) Tanzanian Industries that signed collaborative agreements with ATC include RESCO, ENSOL, Tanzania Engineering and Manufacturing Design Organization (TEMDO), Centre for Agricultural Mechanization and Rural Technology (CAMARTEC) and Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO).
ATC Rector, Dr. Musa Chacha said that the signed MoUs with Industries are part and parcel of fulfilling the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) objectives.
“The MoU that we have signed between ATC and RESCO helps to bridge academia – Industry gap and will have impact to our students, academic staff and industries as far as EASTRIP project objectives is concerned mainly in areas of renewable energy,” he said.
The Rector, Arusha Technical College, Dr. Musa Chacha, after signing a collaboration agreements with industries in Tanzania.
“ATC staff and students will be able to undertake practical training in those industries and learn existing and new technologies and be able to interlink between what they learn from industries and our programmes. ATC staff will also be in position to conduct joint research not limited to applied research to solve community challenges,” he added.
Currently ATC – Kikuletwa Renewable Energy Training Centre offers Ordinary diploma courses in Electrical and Solar PV Systems Engineering, Electrical and Wind Energy Systems Engineering, Mechanical and Bio- Energy Systems Engineering and Electrical and Hydropower Engineering.
The College has also signed MOUs with local and International Academic Institutions to facilitate students and staff exchange. They include Ethiopian Technical university, Fachhochschule Erfurt – University of Applied Sciences, Finnish Special Education in Africa (FSE rt) Tanzania, Karume Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and Don Bosco Kilimanjaro International Institute for Telecommunication Electronics and Computers (KIITEC).
The Writer is a Project Linkages and Collaborations Officer at Arusha Technical College