Opening of Kenyan-German Centre for mining at Taita University in VoiEnlarge image
On 6th April, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Kenyan Government and the German Embassy Nairobi have officially opened the new Kenyan-German Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management (CEMEREM) at Taita Taveta University (TTU). The inauguration ceremony has been attended by Governor Hon. John Mruttu, the German Ambassador to Kenya Jutta Frasch and Dr. Helmut Blumbach, Head of the DAAD Office.
CEMEREM will include curriculum development according to German standards, staff and student exchange between Kenya and Germany, equipment for laboratories at Taita Taveta University, and collaboration with industry and government.
The German Federal Foreign Office through the DAAD will fund the project with up to 720.000 Euro (around 77 Mio. KES) for the first two years and the support might be extended for another three years.
Complimentary to the opening of the CEMEREM, the 8th Network Meeting of the Centers of African Excellence will take place from 5th to 8th April in Taita Taveta County. They consist in similar projects funded by the DAAD in other African countries. Examples are the “South African-German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research” at Moi University in Eldoret or the “Center for East African Legal Studies” in Tanzania of which Moi University Nairobi is a partner.
Taking the Kenyan-German relations a step further, both countries are also planning an East African-German University of Applied Sciences after the German model. The aim of the initiative is to prepare Kenyan students for the job market and give them important tools which are needed in professional practice. In Germany, Universities of Applied Sciences emphasize on company training phases during the academic studies and the curricula are very much aligned to the requirements of professional practice. If the German Universities of Applied Sciences structure could be successfully established in Kenya, this would set a decisive course for the country’s intended industrialization.