In April 2016 a new project entitled “Development of a Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management (CEMEREM) started up. It is a joint project of Taita Taveta University (TTU), Voi, Kenya, the University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTWD) and TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The purpose is to develop CEMEREM at TTU in the next five years. CEMEREM has four main objectives:
- Education and training of students and staff of TTU and of members of stakeholder organisations of CEMEREM
- Promotion of research
- Development and operation of specific laboratories for issues of the natural resources sector
- Community outreach
The project also aims to foster scientific and cultural exchange between the project partners, industrial and governmental institutions in Kenya and Germany. Until the end of 2017, the financing of the project is secured by the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany through DAAD. The government of Kenya spends a considerable sum of money on the construction of a new CEMEREM building on TTU’s campus.