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First IIT Campus Outside India To Be Set Up in Zanzibar

MoU For Setting Up Of Campus Of IIT Madras in Zanzibar – Tanzania Signed

In a significant stride towards global educational collaborations, a momentous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed for the establishment of the first-ever Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Campus outside India.

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This ground-breaking initiative will pave the way for knowledge exchange, academic cooperation, and the nurturing of intellectual talent in the picturesque archipelago of Zanzibar.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up of campus of IIT Madras in Zanzibar- Tanzania was signed on Wednesday between the Ministry of Education (MoE), Govt. of India,

IIT Madras and Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT) Zanzibar- Tanzania, in the presence of Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India and Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar.

First Ever IIT Campus To Be Set Up Outside India

This is the first ever IIT campus to be set up outside India. Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan has said that MoU signing for setting up the IIT Madras- Zanzibar campus marks a historic beginning towards internationalization of higher education.

Indian Institutes of Technology are renowned worldwide for their academic excellence, rigorous curriculum, and cutting-edge research. These premier institutions have been instrumental in nurturing some of the brightest minds and fostering innovation in various fields.

The decision to set up an IIT beyond Indian borders reflects the commitment to extend the reach of India’s acclaimed educational system and promote global collaboration.

IIT Campus To Enhance India’s Reputation Globally

This unique partnership will bring the top-ranked educational expertise of IITM to a prime destination in Africa and serve the imperative current needs of the region.

The academic programs, curricula, student selection aspects and pedagogical details will be by IIT Madras, whereas the capital and operating expenditure will be met by the government of Zanzibar-Tanzania. IIT Madras degrees will be awarded to the students enrolled in this campus.

The state-of-the-art interdisciplinary degrees are expected to attract a diverse cohort and will include students from Tanzania and other countries as well. Indian students are also eligible to apply to these programs.

The setting up of IIT Campus shall also enhance India’s reputation globally and its diplomatic relationships and expand the international footprint of IIT Madras. It is also likely to enhance the quality of IIT Madras education and research further, due to student and faculty diversity from the international campus.

It will further serve to deepen research collaborations with other top-ranked academic institutions world-wide.

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