Tanzania’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology Prof Adolf Mkenda (left) and Amin Kurji AKDN Country Representative in Tanzania (middle) listen to Prof Eunice Siaity-Pallangyo, Associate Vice Provost, AKU Tanzania (right)
Tanzania's Minister of Education, Science and Technology Prof Adolf Mkenda, together with a delegation, visited AKU's Arusha Climate and Environmental Research Station on August 25, 2023. AKDN Country Representative for Tanzania Mr Amin Kurji was also present.
The University recently established the 3,700-acre site as a 'living laboratory' for studies related to climate change, environmental stewardship, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, community engagement and other fields. Collaborating with various institutions, AKU researchers aim to address urgent global challenges by harnessing the station's resources.
Prof Mkenda praised AKU's commitment to excellence in teaching and research, "AKU consistently delivers education of the highest international standards. Your dedication is commendable, and I congratulate you for it."
Prof Eunice Siaity-Pallangyo, Associate Vice Provost of AKU in Tanzania, expressed deep gratitude to the minister for the government's steadfast support in implementing health, education, and research programmes. "This support is pivotal in realizing the university's vision of enhancing community well-being. Our goal is to forge true public-private partnerships and complement government efforts," she said.
Beyond research, the AKU Community Outreach Centre was established in 2018 and has transformed the lives of the local communities around the site. To date more than 28,000 people are benefiting by growing their own food, earning larger income and starting businesses.
The Centre has also launched initiatives to protect the land, restore and sustain the environment. Through various forms of farming, reforestation and conservation, the onsite team is keeping the land functional and productive. The Arusha site is a thriving place for wildlife, birds and minimal erosion. This has been made possible by working together with the surrounding communities to ensure the land is not only protected, but the community benefits from it as well.