Kenyan-German Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management
Like seven further African centers with a range of technical orientations, CEMEREM receives funding from the Federal Foreign Office as part of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) African Excellence “Fachzentren Afrika[A1] ” program. Ms. Jutta Frasch [A2] (the German Ambassador to Kenya) and Mr. John Mruttu (Governor of Taita Taveta County) were present at the opening ceremony. With the support of the Federal Foreign Office through the DAAD, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Dresden have cooperated for more than a year in establishing CEMEREM – the eighth DAAD Centre of Excellence.
In his welcoming speech, the Vice Chancellor of Taita Taveta University (TTU), Prof. Dr. Hamadi Iddi Boga, said that this day was “a dream come true” for TTU. He praised the motivation and the strong, resolute cooperation shown by the three partner universities, which had already demonstrated such notable successes in the project’s first year. Ambassador Frasch described the various activities of the Republic of Kenya in the field of education, while Governor Mruttu explained that with the TTU, the region of Taita Taveta offered exceptional opportunities for development, with CEMEREM further strengthening the region’s potential going forward.
A podium discussion with representatives from academia and industry was unanimous in viewing CEMEREM as a fundamental step in the right direction. The new research center will educate students with the skills they need to tackle the widely varying tasks required in Kenya’s burgeoning raw materials sector.
The Professors from Freiberg presented their hosts with selected polished minerals from Saxony, while the Vice Chancellor of the TTU was presented with a congratulatory letter from the Rector of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. In addition, an acacia tree typical of the region was planted on the TTU campus as a symbol of future cooperation.
The TU Bergakademie Freiberg was represented by Prof. Dr. Jan C. Bongaerts, Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt und Dr. Jiangxue Liu. The HTW Dresden was represented by Prorector Prof. Dr. Knut Schmidtke und Prof. Dr. Ulrike Feistel. The German industrial delegation was led by Ms. Maren Diale-Schellschmidt, the Country Director at the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya. Furthermore, representatives from all of the other DAAD Centers of African Excellence were present for the occasion of their annual meeting.