ARUSHA Technical College (ATC) has received a 5.4bn/- concessional loan from the Italian government to build state-of-the-art Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Transfer Centre to train students and staff on entrepreneurship skills and sustainable green energy.
ATC’s Rector, Musa Chacha said on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam at the signing ceremony of a bilateral agreement between the Italian government through the Italian embassy to Tanzania and the Tanzanian government through the Ministry of Finance and Planning.
He said also both students and ATC’s staff will be trained on technology transfer and green energy instrumentations to become self-employed, employ others to reduce poverty, create job opportunities for others and help their innovations to be accelerated to commercialization.
So far, the college has set aside 3 acres of land in Tanzania’s safari capital of Arusha for center construction.
The training will be offered through “Enhancing Higher Learning Technical Institutions in Tanzania to contribute in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Project”
Under the programme, the college will provide them with mentorship and coaching for both students and ACT’s staff, advisory services and how to create product prototype that in turn will help them to set up their own enterprises in their localties.
He said the soft loan will help young people to learn in a conducive environment and promote entrepreneurship spirit to enhance innovation and technology transfer in Tanzania and thus reduce youth unemployment.
Italian Ambassador to Tanzania, Marco Lombardi noted: “This is a new historical moment we’ve to renew bilateral for both countries to improve the quality of teaching and learning in scientific and technological education, with a special attention to promote entrepreneurship spirit and technology transfer in Tanzania.”
“Tanzania is growing very quickly and 70 percent of your population needs vocational training, this agreement is not the end of the cooperation, Italian government will continue to support Tanzania to promote technology transfer for industrial,” he said.
VICE President Dr Philip Mpango.
PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Assistant Director, Non-Communicable Diseases Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr James Kiologwe.
Zanzibar minister of state in the President’s Office (Finance and Planning), Dr Saada Mkuya.
In Tanzania still about 70 to 80 per cent labour is absorbed in this sector. Agricultural progress permits the shift of manpower from agricultural to non-agricultural sector.
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