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- Enhanced research and innovations will spur industrial development in the country using modern technologies and hence improve people’s livelihoods.
Arusha. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has set aside Sh. 9 billion in its budget for the year 2023/24 for research and innovation programmes.
Enhanced research and innovations will spur industrial development in the country using modern technologies and hence improve people’s livelihoods.
This was revealed here at the weekend by the deputy minister for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Omar Kipanga.
He was gracing the sixth-year anniversary since the establishment of the IT Competence Centre for East African Community (EAC) bloc.
The facility is hosted at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) which is located on the outskirts of Arusha city.
Increased allocation of funds, the deputy minister said,was among efforts being made by the government to support research and innovation for national development.
This, Mr Kipanga explained, will also contribute to curriculum improvements in the education sector.
He lauded the Nelson Mandela IT Competence Center for being able to provide training to East African countries to have the best IT experts.
The NM-AIST vice chancellor, Prof Maulilio Kipanyula, said that the facility has been a great success as it has been able to produce 136 experts since its establishment in 2017.
“Since its inception, this center has been a great success and enabled East African countries to have experts who will stimulate the Industrial Revolution and grow the economy,” he pointed out.
The executive secretary of Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), Prof Gasper Banyankimbona, said the EA universities will support the centre at the Arusha-based Nelson Mandela University to provide ICT training.
“We will ensure through the Nelson Mandela Centre they will have enough digital experts in East African countries.
“This is an opportunity if one country cannot educate experts, they can use this Nelson Mandela centre to educate experts because here we are cooperating with all East African countries,” Prof Banyankimbona said.