UMEME PROJECT

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ABOUT US

UMEME Project

Welcome to the UMEME Project, a transformative initiative aimed at reshaping the future of Tanzania’s energy landscape. UMEME, which means “electricity” in Swahili, is a visionary 3-year project with a clear mission: to bolster the capabilities of Tanzanian electrical and energy engineers, paving the way for universal access to electricity and a sustainable energy transition in Tanzania. This ambitious endeavour aligns seamlessly with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs), which provide a global framework for creating a better and more sustainable future for all.

Why UMEME Project Matters

Tanzania, a nation with a current population of 61 million, is poised for exponential growth, with projections suggesting a doubling of its population by 2040. Additionally, approximately 1 million young individuals enter the job market in Tanzania every year. While only 3% of these new entrants are university graduates, the country creates approximately 50,000 new jobs annually.

Addressing this gap between employment opportunities and the skilled workforce is paramount, especially in the context of the global green deal and electrification efforts. Presently, only 37% of Tanzania’s population has access to electricity, despite the nation’s immense renewable energy potential. Harnessing this potential could be the catalyst for a rapid and sustainable transition to a renewable electrical system that is carbon-neutral and accessible to all.

However, a significant hurdle in realizing these goals is the shortage of skilled electrical and energy engineers. Experts estimate that the number of engineers needs to at least double, and a substantial skills gap in the energy job market must be bridged to make these aspirations a reality.

Our Vision for UMEME

The UMEME Project is designed to elevate the quality of electrical engineering education in Tanzania by implementing a multifaceted approach:

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Curriculum Modernization

We are deeply modernizing curricula, making them less theoretical and more practical, energy-transition-oriented, and aligned with the UN-SDGs. Our curricula integrate soft skills and interdisciplinary elements, ensuring they meet the dynamic needs of the labor market.

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State-of-the-Art Laboratories

UMEME is creating six innovative laboratories, including three for power system modelling, one for wind, solar, and energy storage, one for electrical vehicles, and one for EV recharging. These labs will provide students with hands-on experience, fostering innovation and practical problem-solving.

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Innovative Teaching Methodologies

We are pushing the boundaries of teaching methodologies to engage and empower students. Our aim is to create an interactive and inspiring learning environment that prepares graduates for the challenges of the future.

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Faculty Training

UMEME prioritizes the professional development of academic staff. Through training and mobility opportunities, we ensure that our educators are equipped with the latest knowledge and teaching methods.

Team

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Pull Maradona

President & CEO


Rohit Pande

President & CEO


Makhaia Antitni

President & CEO


Mincin Funo

President & CEO


Zingzian Zizu

President & CEO


Claire Divas

President & CEO


Isabella Croline

Project Manager


Jullia siger

Product Designer


Corey Anderson

President & CEO

Join Us on Our Journey

At UMEME Project, we believe that by empowering the next generation of electrical and energy engineers, we can ignite a brighter, more sustainable future for Tanzania. Join us on this remarkable journey as we work towards universal access to electricity, a renewable energy revolution, and the fulfilment of the UN-SDGs in Tanzania.

Together, we can create a powerful UMEME – a future powered by knowledge and innovation.

Reach us at info@umemeproject.co.tz or kihwele2002@yahoo.com

Project Partners

The project involves partnership of 5 major universities, the Tanzanian national electrical system owner/operator and 2 innovative SMEs operating in Tanzania.

The partnership is supported pro bono by

University of Dar es salaam
DIT
KIST
ETDCO





Process

Our Working Process