Tourists flock to Zanzibar with its dreamy capital and dazzling coast. On the one hand, they are part of advancing the island’s economy while on the other hand; they are putting the island’s environment and natural resources under great pressure.
This reality was a matter of great concern when the third phase of the Building Stronger Universities, BSU3, was launched on 30 January 2018 at the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA).
Educating for the future
With the strong support of the BSU3 programme, the State University of Zanzibar will play a key role in educating the population to manage and recycle waste in a sustainable manner, said Ms Khadija Bakar, Principle Secretary at Zanzibar’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.
She stressed that the purpose of the Building Stronger University project was to build the capacity of the college staff, improve education on environmental issues and make an impact on environmental conservation in the entire community.
For everyone involved
Prof. Idriss A. Rai, Vice Chancellor of the State University of Zanzibar, reminded everyone that Building Stronger Universities is not about building one particular department or school, but a collaborative project enhancing the capacity of all of the individuals and institutions involved.
There are three partners behind SUZA BSU3: the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), the University of Copenhagen and the University of Aarhus.
The overall objective of SUZA BSU3 is to contribute to the enhancement of SUZA’s capacity to effectively conduct and manage research, deliver relevant and high quality education, as well as engage in active public and private partnerships to maximize knowledge sharing and a culture of collaborative solution-seeking for the myriads of problems facing key economic sectors.
Activities will involve providing the tourism and marine and coastal sectors with relevant data to inform policy formulation and management practices in Zanzibar. The aim is to improve public health and enhance the sustainable growth of the tourism sector as outlined in Zanzibar’s strategic development action plan.
Administered by Danida Fellowship Centre
BSU3 is a continuation of the two previous phases. It allows the participating universities to consolidate the results and achievements that they have attained so far. It involves six universities in Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana and eight universities in Denmark. See more here.
The Building Stronger Universities programme was initiated in 2011 as a collaboration between Danish universities and eleven universities in Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Nepal. The Danida Fellowship Centre administers the Building Stronger Universities programme.