CEMEREM Activities

15 - 16 November 2017 | The first CEMEREM Conference

In order to bring together academia, government and industry to discuss education and applied research in mining the natural resource sectors, CEMEREM organized its 1st international CEMEREM conference on Mining and Mining Education in Africa. The conference was held in Nairobi on 15th and 16th November at Sarova Panafric Hotel.
Representatives from the three partner universities, Taita Taveta University (TTU), University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTWD), TU Bergakademie Freiberg as well as experts from Kenya, Germany, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia attended. DAAD was represented by its Regional Office Nairobi Director Dr. Blumbach.
Prof. Hamadi Boga, Vice Chancellor of TTU, expressed his delight about the establishment and the development of CEMEREM since the start-up of the project. CEMEREM Team Leader Prof. Ulrike Feistel (HTWD) gave an overview of the main objectives of the CEMEREM project, its history, its first achievements and the activities of CEMEREM II in the coming years 2018 to 2020. She also highlighted a future perspective of CEMEREM in 2030 within the context of the Kenya Vision 2030. Dr. Helmut Blumbach took the opportunity to present the plan for a German-East Africa University of Applied Sciences. He also announced that DAAD funding of CEMEREM Phase 2 for the time period of 2018 to 2020 is now confirmed.

Participants were briefed on education for mining by representatives of the University of Zambia, Namibia University of Science and Technology, University of Mining and Technology, Ghana and Nairobi University. Speakers highlighted the importance of establishing links between universities and industry as a crucial prerequisite for education.
Prof. Jan C. Bongaerts explained the role of mineral resource education, especially within the CEMEREM project, to avoid the so-called Resource Curse and to move towards a sustainable wealth creation in resource-rich countries, in particular in Africa. Colin Forbes, (the Kwale Mineral Sands Project), gave a lively overview of approaches and instruments of his company to ensure a sustainable community development and stakeholder management.
Other presentations highlighted current practices in education, including vocational training, for mining, minerals process engineering and resources management in various African countries. A special session was devoted to young scientists presenting their recent research. Participating students were encouraged to ask questions and present their remarks to highly qualified and experienced panelists.
All in all, organizers and attendants considered this event to be successful, expressing their desires to have similar conferences in the future.

9 - 16 July 2017 |The first Summer School in Germany

The first CEMEREM summer school took place at HTW Dresden and TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The participants comprised 18 students and staff selected by TTU. They were conducted through a dense program comprised of various lectures and visits to Dresden, Welzow and Freiberg.
The program started with a lecture session given by Prof Grischek, Prof. Bongaerts, Prof. Feistel, Dr. Jiangxue Liu and Nashon Adero. Topics covered included Post-mining water issues, Financing related to Mining Projects, Climate Change and Renewable energy potential in Kenya. Participants then presented their research work and results in the poster session.
In Dresden, visits were made to DREWAG power (Combined Heat and Power) station at Nossener Brücke. The group were given an insight into electricity generation and heat recovery technologies with an overall efficiency of close to 90%. The power generator’s business model was also explained to showcase the optimal cash flow generation. A visit to the Hosterwitz Waterworks revealed the general concept of treating bank filtrate to provide drinking water. A visit to Welzow-Süd opencast lignite mine and its post-mining rehabilitation site gave participants an overview of the technical, economic and ecological aspects of current lignite mining in Germany, including the legal framework for mine closure, land reclamation and re-cultivation.
In Freiberg, beside visits to the laboratory in the Institute of Thermal Engineering and Thermodynamics and the laboratory in the mining institute at TU Bergakademie, participants toured the underground mine at “Reiche Zeche”. They descended 145 meters underground following the traces of the miners of the 16th to 19th century. The geology of the silver deposits, the mineralogy of the actual veins, as well as the development of mine technology was covered. A visit to Agrargenossenschaft in Clausnitz provided the opportunity to practically observe energy production form biogas. The farm co-operative operates a unique natural resources cyclical management concept growing its own fuel sources for use in machinery, generating electricity with PV panels, windmills and biogas plants. Heat from the power stations is used on-site and in the village housing units while sludge output is recycled on agricultural land.
The last day of the seminar was devoted to closing remarks, handing out awards for the best posters and a discussion about the overall evaluation of the seminar in view of similar future events.

6 April 2017 | CEMEREM Opening Ceremony

The official opening ceremony of the new CEMEREM Centre took place at the main campus of Taita Taveta University in Voi. The new DAAD Centre of African Excellence will be hosted in the CEMEREM building with lecture and seminar rooms and laboratories for academic education, professional training and continuous education, research and services to stakeholders and communities.
The ceremony was honored by the presence of John Mruttu, Taita Taveta County Governor, John Mruttu and Jutta Frascher, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. TU Bergakademie Freiberg representatives were Prof. Dr. Jan C. Bongaerts, Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt and Dr. Jiangxue Liu. HTW Dresden was represented by Prof. Dr. Knut Schmidtke, Vice Rector and Prof. Dr. Ulrike Feistel. The German Industry and Commerce Delegation in Kenya was headed by Country Director Maren Diale-Schellschmidt Representatives of all other DAAD Centers of African Excellence were also present to take part in the annual meeting of the Centres which coincided with the CEMEREM opening ceremony.

Prof. Dr. Hamadi Boga, the vice chancellor of TTU, placed and emphasis on the new Centre as “a dream come true” for TTU. He praised the strong, determined partnership of the three participating universities which were able to demonstrate remarkable successes in the first year of the center’s operation. Ambassador Frascher shared an overview of the activities of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kenya in the field of education. Governor Mruttu explained that the Taita Taveta county and region would give rise to special development opportunities with the presence of the TTU, the potential of which is strengthened by CEMEREM.
A panel discussion was then conducted with representatives from the universities as well as the business community. All participants unanimously concluded that CEMEREM is a fundamental step in the right direction for its novel opportunities in students’ education and training for the various roles needed in Kenya’s growing raw material sector.