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ACACIA, UDSM INKS MOU TO IMPROVE ENGINEERING INDUSTRY IN THE COUNTRY

THE University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) has signed  a renewed
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Acacia Mining that would support 52
students 
 and staff in various
areas hence improve quality of engineering sector .

Speaking shortly before signing of the MoU on Tuesday in
Dar es Salaam , Deo Mwanyika , who is Acacia Vice President (Corporate Affairs)
, said  there are a number of aspects that the company and University
are partnering.
He mentioned some of aspects as a two year practical work
experience for 2nd  and 3rd year students,
funding for university laboratory equipment, sponsorship of postgraduate  mining/mineral
process engineering students and bursary for six students.
He said the two year practical work experience for the mentioned
students  in the chemical  and Mining engineering
department  in various fields of significance to Tanzania’s
development agenda in relation to the mining sector.
Mwanyika congratulated the first 52 students  who will
be part of the program  and asked them to apply the knowledge and
experience gained from practical training for the development of Tanzania.
Further more, he said Acacia  is committing more than 22m/-
finances for purchase  of laboratory equipment, student site
visit  and practical experience  at its mine sites and
helps supervise final year students on their project works.
“This support , exposure and experience are critical  to
our students the future professional workforce  of our country Acacia
creates  that solid foundation one needs for their career ahead”, he
said.
Under the two year signed Mou, he said the company has for the
new study year allocated 6 scholarship for students at CoET.
Mwanyika noted that education is an important factor  for
economic development , but most students are  not in a position to
pay for their tertiary education due to lack of funds.
“As Tanzania’s leader in the mining sector , the firm  is
committed  to further increase its investment in higher education ,”
he assured.
He urged students at UDSM and other institutions  of
higher learning in Tanzania to  realize that they are  honored
a lot , having access to education that is distant dream to many others in the
country.
“Whoever will be beneficiary of the next two years Acacia
internship and  scholarship programs you have a responsibility to
give back to our community  and county imparting the knowledge you
have gained,” he said.
The  firm has run the scholarship program with UDSM
since 2009 ,  which supported top  undergraduate
students  and offered scholarships to  academic staffs to
pursue postgraduate studies
Speaking earlier , the Principal of College of Engineering and
Technology (CoET) Prof Ignas  Rubaratuka, said the support from
Acacia has focused in practical training, industrial oriented students
projects  and provision of engineering and design and modeling
software.
He said the University through the CoET has always been seeking
to forge productive and constructive partnership with the industry for the
mutual benefits of all
He said the collaboration between UDSM and Acacia Mining has
been an exemplary  partnership that they are proud of and need to be
consolidated in order to continue training mining  engineers.
“This is huge obligation that if left alone, without support of
the industry  like Acacia, we can hardly make meaningful contribution
as it is understood all over the world that training of engineers is an
expensive though necessary undertaking”, he said.
He added that, there fore most of time , universities are
obliged  to seek partnerships with industry and tend to orient their
training to solve problems of the industry so as to attract the industry to
fund their activities which eventually benefit the industry.
Explaining further he said some of the graduates from mining
programs have secured employment in various  countries namely
Australia, South Sudan, Mali, Ghana, South America and South Africa.
He noted that one of the objectives of the MoU that has not been
fully realized to the satisfaction of both sides is the component of  staff
training.
Like any other organization, the University is constantly  striving
to train younger staff as part of its succession plan.
“You will agree with me that the quality of the graduates will
depend  partly on the quality of instructors that the University
engages, we are committed to this and any funds set aside for training will be
used only for this purpose,” he concluded.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, Professor Rwekaza
Mukandala, (L), and Deo Mwanyika , who is Acacia Vice President (Corporate
Affairs), sing the renewed Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) under which Acacia Mining will support 52 students 
 and staff in various areas hence to improve quality of
engineering sector. The signing ceremony was held late on Tuesday at the
University’s Mlimani Campus in Dar es Salaam
 Displaying the documents
 Deo Mwanyika delivers his message

Principal College of Engineering
and Technology (coet), of the University of Dar es Salaam, Professor Ignas A. Rubaratuka
gives his remarks

 Senior
Officials of Acacia Mining, left is Buzwagi Gold Mine’s General
Manager, Asa Mwaipopo, and Acacia’s Chief Advisor, (Government
Relations), Alex Lugendo
 Acacia staff in attendance
 Exchanging ideas after the evenet, Professor Mukandala right and Deo Mwanyika
 Professor Mukandala, (L),  with Acacia’s General Manager (Buzwagi Gold Mine), Asa Mwaipopo

UDSM’s Lecturer In the Department of Political Science and Public
Administration, Dr. Bashiru Ally, (R), exchanges ideas with Acacia’s Vice
President (Corporate Affairs), Deo Mwanyika

 Acacia’s Chief Advisor, (Government Relations), Alex Lugendo, (L), with the firm’s Chief Advisor, Learning and Training, Jannet Reuben Lekashingo
 Professor
Rwekaza Mukandala, (R), UDSM’s Vice Chancellor, listens to Acacia’s
Chief Advisor (Public Relations), Necta Pendaeli Foya
Group photo

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