Dear invitee,
The African Centre of Excellence, CREATES (Centre for Research, Agricultural advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability) at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), in collaboration with the Cooperative State University of Heidenheim, Germany (DHBW), invites you to a one-day workshop at NM-AIST in Arusha, Tuesday, 26 February, 10.00 am – 3.30 pm.
The workshop explores how a dual research program needs to be organized to suit the Tanzanian setting. We want to bring together potential industrial, organizational and academic partners from Germany and Tanzania, who are interested in collaborating and pursuing a pilot for the dual-university-industry program. This dual idea is based on successful programs that are already offered at our German partner university DHBW.
The dual model has three main pillars:
a) students apply to a company, which selects students they expect to perform well and who have a good fit with their company culture,
b) companies pay a monthly salary to the students, similar to other employees, and
c) companies define the research topic together with the student researcher and academic supervisor.
This usually leads to the selection of students well-suited to the company, which also fulfill academic admission criteria of the university.
In the postgraduate programs students spend a considerable amount of time in the industry for their research work. For CREATES in particular, the students conduct empirical research aimed at food security through the four main pillars: (1) Health and Biomedical Sciences, (2) Sustainable Agriculture, (3) Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management, (4) Food and Nutrition Sciences. In this workshop we want to bring partners together from these four main areas and discuss the possibility of close collaborations.
NM-AIST is spearheading this trial, which will benefit both the industry as well as the university as we will tackle hands-on problems and jointly come up with innovative products. In the workshop we want to identify how to transform existing Master and PhD programs in CREATES through the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering to more dual programs.

Please confirm your attendance by Friday, 23rd February, by email to
We are looking forward to your attendance.
Kind regards,