IIT Breaks New Ground With First-Ever Overseas Campus In Africa

The first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus outside India has been established in Zanzibar, Tanzania, according to a recent announcement by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

What Happened: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of the IIT Madras campus in Zanzibar was signed on July 5, 2023, between the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, IIT Madras, and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT), Zanzibar.

The signing ceremony was attended by Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, and Dr S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India. The campus is expected to launch programs in October 2023.

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The campus will offer state-of-the-art interdisciplinary degrees, attracting a diverse cohort of students from Africa and other countries. Indian students will also be eligible to apply for these programs.

The academic programs, curricula, student selection aspects, and pedagogical details will be managed by IIT Madras, while the capital and operating expenditure will be met by the government of Zanzibar-Tanzania.

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