Taita Taveta University College – Voi
University of Applied Sciences – Dresden
TU Bergakademie – Freiberg




  • Discovery of substantial deposits of minerals, especially rare earth minerals, iron ore, coal, gas and oil
  • Mining contributes about 1% of the GDP, 11,000 people employed, Potential of about 3.5 % of the GDP
  • Development of mineral resources among the six priority sectors under the Economic Pillar of Kenya Vision 2030 Strategic Development Blueprint
  • Underdeveloped human resource base undermines the potential of the sector


Addressing the Situation

Develop at TTUC a centre of excellence in mining, environmental engineering and resource management education and research

Foster scientific and cultural exchange between the project partners and between Kenya and Germany


Specific Objectives

  • Develop and improve curricula for new and existing academic programmes (B.Eng., M.Sc. and PhD) to ensure practice-oriented education & training of local engineers & managers
  • Train a new generation of mining, process and environmental engineers and resource managers for industry and government
  • Build human capacity at TTUC to offer training in mining and environmental engineering and resource management
  • Network with industry and governments in the region in quality assurance for the proposed training programmes as well as research and training of engineers and resource managers
  • Integrate sustainability concepts (societal, environmental, spatial and economic) into the pedagogical and implementation


Project Partners

Taita Taveta University College, Kenya

  • The hosting African institution
  • Ambitious fast growing university college
  • School of Mines and Engineering (SME) & School of Business,
    Economics and Social Sciences (SBESS), P.O. Box 635-80300,
    Voi, Kenya


University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTW Dresden), Germany

  • Leading the project
  • University with a long history in applied research and strong collaboration links to regional water utilities and water engineering consultancies
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Division of Water Sciences, Friedrich-List-Platz 1, 01069 Dresden, Germany


TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

  • Project partner
  • Oldest currently operating university for mining engineering and all accompanying fields of research and education along the value chain
  • Faculty of Geosciences, Geo-engineering and Mining, Gustav- Zeuner-Strasse 12, 09599 Freiberg, Germany




Taita Taveta University College (TTUC)
P.O. Box 635-80300
Voi, Kenya

Centre of Excellence
DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
Centres of African Excellence
Kennedyallee 50
D-53175 Bonn, Germany