From 12th to 13th September 2018, WISE-Futures African Center of Excellence conducted the 2nd International Conference on Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Futures organized by WISE-Futures was conducted at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha. The conference attracted delegates from Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and China.
The conference theme was “Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Futures in a Changing Environment.” This conference serves as a platform for discussions towards achieving water infrastructure and sustainable energy security futures in a shifting environment, which are the key global challenges today.
During the opening ceremony of the conference, the Vice Director of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SHMEC), Mr LI Yongzhi emphasized the need of strong collaborations in joint research, internship, exchange program and scholarship in enhancing knowledge sharing. He underscored that at SHMEC have at least 500 courses in the province which are offered in English, making it easier students to enroll and get exchange students from Tanzania, NM-AIST in particular and other countries.
When welcoming the delegates, the Centre Leader for WISE-Futures Dr. Hans Komakech gave a brief introduction about the center and its paramount role and significance towards contributing to the transformation of Africa’s economy by assembling a critical mass of highly skilled water, sanitation, and energy professionals, both MSc and PhD, doubled with provision of relevant short courses and trainings in the areas of water and infrastructure as well as strengthening regional and international research collaborations.
The Deputy Vice Council of Research and Innovation of the NM-AIST Prof. Anthony Mshandete pointed out that the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) is ready to be the focal institution in tertiary education by supporting students from Sub Saharan Africa and China under Tanzania-China cooperation.
The conference at its peak, involved a good number of researchers, scientists and students who shared their expertise, experiences and challenges towards engaging in finding solutions for water Infrastructure and Energy Futures whereby they got the opportunity to discuss ways forward on how they could collaboratively overcome the challenges.
The delegation from China declared opening doors for joint collaboration for both parties during a presentation from researchers who shared different challenges facing the field and how best they can engage in providing solution related to the mentioned matters. They also provided an opportunity for Africans to teach in China and in a bid to accelerate the program and enhance cooperation, the delegation expect to open a center at NM-AIST for Tanzanians to learn and practice Chinese language.
The WISE – Futures Centre Director, Dr Hans Komachek (standing) brief about WISE- Futures during the opening of 2nd International Conference on Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Futures .