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CEMEREM - Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management

The Centre of Excellence

TTUC Campus 2016 in Voi, Kenya

Titanium open pit mine in Kenya

8th African-German centre of excellence

Joint project between the Taita Taveta University College (TTUC), the University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTWD), TU Bergakademie Freiberg to develop at TTUC a centre of excellence in mining, environmental engineering and resourcemanagement education and research. This project aims to foster scientific and cultural exchange between the project partners, industrial and governmental institutions in 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 framework of the training, research and project activities.

Current Situation in Kenya

Student excursion at a green garnet underground mine near Voi

Students excursion at a titanium open pit mine

Kenya has a huge mining potential but still in the early exploration phase as it was mapped as an agricultural zona. However, Kenya is an important player in markets of non-metallic minerals such as soda ash (3rd world producer) or fluorspar (7th world producer). It is also an important producer of metallic minerals like titanium, gold or iron. Moreover, rare earth elements were recently discovered in the coastal region which, if well exploded, could lead Kenya to the world top 5 producer countries. All in all, it is expected that the mining sector will increase its contribution to the GDP from the current 1% to 6.5 % (Kenyan Mining Investment Handbook 2015). The development of the extractive sector is one of the six priority goals stated in the Kenya Vision 2030 Strategic Development and therefore, in the short run, more mining experts will be required in order to fulfil this goal. On the other hand, currently Kenya is already suffering a lack of research and practice-oriented specialist which could sustainably manage a mine.


The Centre will contribute to new engineering courses

  • BSc Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering
  • MSc Mining EngineeringMBA Natural Resource Management
  • MSc Process Engineering
  • BSc Environmental Engineering
  • PhD Mining Engineering
  • PhD Process Engineering

Future outcome

  • CEMEREM will have world-class programmes, facilities and qualified lecturers to sustain the training of resource engineers and managers from Africa.
  • Attractive building for CEMEREM with offices, class rooms and laboratories.
  • New fully equipped laboratories for teaching and research.
  • Development of TTUC staff in Germany through PhD and MSc programmes.
  • Short training courses for engineers, resource managers and practitioners from the region.
  • CEMEREM will host a bi-anual conference on resource managment drawing experts from the region and the international scientific community.
  • A strong partnership in the field of applied resource management between Germany and Kenya will have been established.
  • CEMEREM will enable the region to benefit from natural resources by supporting the development of human resources for creating wealth while sustaining the environment.

Ongoing Projects

Mining lecturers from TTUC visiting mining laboratories at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (August 2016)

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Feistel (from HTWD Germany) gives a lecture at TTUC (September 2016)

  • Improving the quality of the potable water the region,
  • Improvement of the waste water treatment,
  • Pilot plan for biogas production,
  • Generation of solar power energy,
  • Development of support and services for small scale mining communities,
  • Improvement of waste management.
Aktualisiert: 24.01.2019