Hub Institution - Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology
DIT has a vision of becoming the leading provider of high-quality engineering education and research within Tanzania and the East African region. Our main mission is to provide the development and usage of appropriate technology that meets national, regional and international needs and standards through skills and practical-oriented training, research and consultancy.
Currently, DIT has 40169 students and 226 academic staff. DIT offers 23 academic programmes in the fields of maintenance management, computational science and engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, science and laboratory technology, oil and gas engineering, information technology, mining engineering, biomedical equipment engineering, communication system technology, renewable energy technology, multimedia and film technology, biotechnology, and food science and technology.
Technical training at DIT is competency based, characterized by the ability to carry out an occupational activity. ln order to achieve this, DIT fosters a so-called "teaching factory" approach where technical training is interactively linked to a life factory business. This is realized by either establishing a lab-based or a physical factory. For both aspects, close industrial links are essential. Through this project, we will enhance our industry links and couple the training with technology and business incubators. The strategies will aim at providing engineering or technical training and hands-on practice under industrial conditions, while embedding research-led teaching and industrial experience learning activities to the curriculum.
This project will help establish the RETC that will be pivotal to realising
DIT educational goals.
Students/academic staff will get the opportunity to be trained at the centre as well as get industrial secondments. The centre will also couple the training with technology and business incubators, providing space, partnerships and networks to build a national community in which project/research students, innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, professionals and investors can continuously exchange knowledge, share best practices, develop innovative businesses and expand their networks both locally, regionally and globally.
Currently DIT is involved in a Royal-Society-DflD Africa Capacity Building Initiative program through the Africa Clean Energy Research Alliance (ACERA) network. The program supports frequent exchange of PhD students for training in RE technologies between DIT, UNM, CREEC-Makerere and Uol. Moreover, it provides short term training to engineers and technicians in RE industry. ln that project, frequent workshops are organised rotationally through the partners with focus on research capacity. Moreover, Uol is supporting the ACERA team through technology/training exchange programs, organisational support, and expertise in the area of blended or online learning. A recently started EPSRC GCRF project (CRESM-HYRES) enhances the links between the partners in the area of RE research.
Building on the experience gained from the above projects, the partners will extend this collaboration to the development of the educational and professional training aspects of RE engineers. A series of meetings (physical and virtual), workshops and reports, will be scheduled to share the experiences gained and create a common best practices and optimal training knowledge base: Uol will be instrumental in the revision of the curriculum, sharing experience in educational practices and the use of technology