Netherlands: The University of Twente of the Netherlands has started two capacity development projects in Africa. Funding for these two NICHE projects has been provided by NUFFIC, an organisation that works for internationalisation in education. The aim of the projects is to strengthen education and training capacity in developing countries, and they thus align seamlessly with the mission of the ITC Faculty.
In the first project, the Tanzania-Netherlands Energy Project, ITC will collaborate with various other knowledge institutes to achieve a range of goals which include strengthening energy-related education in the field of geothermics as well as gas extraction in Tanzania and on Zanzibar.
The second project involves, among other things, strengthening the Eastern Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN) and building capacity in land administration and land governance in eight East African countries.
The first project involves researchers from the ITC Faculty are working closely with scientists from Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, to spread energy education and research in the field of geothermics and gas extraction, focusing on three partners in Tanzania and on Zanzibar.
The second project, the ‘Strengthening the regional EALAN network to build capacity in Land Administration and Land Governance in the Great Lakes Region’ project, involves a collaboration by ITC, the Dutch Kadaster, MDF (a training and consultancy company based in Ede) and the Kenya-based Land Development and Governance Institute (LDGI).