In ensuring graduates in the field of Science and Technology participate fully in Industrialization process through commercialization of research results, SIDO in collaboration with Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST) have signed the MoU to ensure the skills acquired by graduates cannot remain on shelves but can be turned easily into products/services through commercialization of research results and thus accelerating the Industrialization process in Tanzania. It is also evident that college and university graduates can easily be inspired in starting, growing and sustaining Industrial enterprises if appropriate enabling environment and support are provided by the business industrial support and financing institutions.
The collaboration aims at fostering application of knowledge from university in order to enhance national industrialization agenda and provide an avenue for knowledge institutions to get experience of industrial services from SMEs in order to improve delivery of education through research. This will forge partnerships in training, applied research and consultancy in the areas of science, technology and entrepreneurship, which are the driving force for national industrial development and socio-economic advancement. In this collaboration MUST has the potential in promoting research and consultancy for industrial development in various fields and SIDO is experienced and has the potential in industrial development support through SMEs sector with capability of technology development and transfer, business development, training, marketing and financial services. SIDO has strength of an extensive network through its regional extension offices in all regions of Tanzania mainland and a significant base of SME clients
SIDO is an organization that supports SMEs in Tanzania in entrepreneurship development and extension services; technology development and industrialization; marketing and investment and financial services. SIDO Operates in 25 regions of Tanzania mainland and owns seven Technology Development Centres (TDCs) in Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Shinyanga, Kigoma, Mbeya, Lindi and Iringa. Also SIDO owns four Training Cum Production Centers (TPCs) in Dar Es Salaam, Singida, Dodoma, Mwanza, Usangi and Njombe.
MUST having an expertise in different areas of science and technology based on its strategic objective and mandate of teaching, research and consultancy has also a great chance of producing qualified experts in different field of Science and Technology. It has potentials in research areas conducted by staff as well as projects developed by students for their graduations that could be developed into innovative products and /or services. SIDO can work very closely with MUST to commercialize the research results produced by staff and the students so that they can be produced in big numbers and made available to consumers based on the demand.
The University through it’s Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT) formulated the departments of ‘Innovation Incubation’, and ‘Entrepreneurship and Business Management’ whereby SIDO has almost the same program to ensure the innovative ideas from graduates/ youths can easily be turned into a real products through the services offered.
Specifically the MoU will be a collaboration instrument to guide cooperation in the following key areas:-
(i) Supporting and nurturing innovative ideas through incubation programs;
(ii) Training, applied research and consultancy programs
(iii) Innovation in SMEs products, Technology and Technological processes.
(iv) Sharing of expertise and experiences
(v) Funds solicitation for collaborative projects;
(vi) Sharing of facilities from each party as needs arise;
(vii) Students field placement;
(viii) Any other area closely related to the above as may be mutually agreed upon by the Parties.
The joint efforts of SIDO and MUST are the driving force for national industrial development. The MoU was signed by Director General of SIDO, Eng. Professor Sylvester Mpanduji and MUST Vice Chancellor, Prof. Aloyce Mvuma on 4th February, 2020 at SIDO Headquarter in Dar Es Salaam.