Turkish mission led by His Excellency Mr. Ali Davutoğlu, the Turkey Ambassador to Tanzania paid a visit to the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) on 30th October, 2018.

Discussion in progress.

The delegation was welcomed at Vuga Campus by Prof. Idris Rai, the Vice Chancellor who was accompanied by Dr. Ali Makame Ussi his Deputy on Academics, Research and Consultancy and Dr. Haroun Ayoub Maalim, the Deputy Vice Chancellor on Administration, Planning and Finance; also attended was Dr. Salum Seif Salum, the Dean, School of Health and Medical Sciences and two officials from the Ministry of Health.

Among other issues which have been discussed, the discussion mainly based on the establishment of the new faculty which will deal with dental health educational base, it was however stated that Turkey government respects all kinds of faculties including the one which has been focused.

His Excellency Ambassador Ali Davutoğlu (6th from right), the Turkey Ambassador to Tanzania in a group photo with other officials. On his right is Prof. Idris Rai, the SUZA Vice Chancellor.

It was reported that the demand of having our school specifically for teaching dentists is very high; this is due to the fact that so far there is an acute shortage of specialists in this discipline while at the same time the rate of dental caries is tremendously increasing among many children hence founding of this faculty could greatly help minimizing this problem.

His Excellency Ambassador Ali Davutoğlu dedicated to work on the idea and that through the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) he will be supportive in ensuring that the project is materialized.

Meanwhile Prof. Idris Rai talked on the proposal of offering scholarships to SUZA staff by Turkey government and cooperation in doing research and publications in diverse fields; he then appreciated the good intention of the visitors.