The Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia (SUEUAA) project team involves academics from six cities in the Global South: Johannesburg (South Africa), Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), Harare (Zimbabwe), Sanandaj (Iran), and Duhok (Iraq); and one city in the Global North, Glasgow (Scotland). At times this blog will highlight incidences where the team members have received awards for their work, and celebrate their accomplishments.
On the 18th of May 2018, Dr Mpoki Mwaikokesya, Dr Heriel Moshi, and Dr Hilary Dachi participated in an exhibition at the School of Education at the University of Dar-es-Salaam to commemoriate Research Week. These exhibitions are conducted annually to showcase the research, innovation, and knowledge exchange activities of university staff and students. Their exhibition, based on the work they are currently doing as part of SUEUAA, emerged as the 'second winner in research' at the School level. This achievement was based on an assessment by a panel of independent judges.
The team will now have the opportunity to present at the University level, and enter a larger University-wide competition (from 30th May to 1st June 2018), and will receive a prize at the Closing Ceremony of the Research Week. More details can be found here, and there is also a youtube video of the event. The exhibitions were opened by the Minitser of Industries, Trade, and Investment, and closed by the Director General of Tanzania Comission of Science and Technology. The audience of the event included the wider University community and people from other sectors.
The team are also invited to participate at the International Trade Fair (28 June-7 July 2018). Around 1000 companies from inside and outside of Tanzania exhibit a range of products including food, electrical appliances, agrcultural machinery, stationary and more. It is expected around 200,000 people will attend the trade fair (known as 'Saba Saba', due to the event finishing on the 7th of July- or Saba in Swahili).
Congratulations to Mpoki, Heriel, and Hilary!