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On November 17, Mr. John Thomas James Mngodo, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport of the United Republic of Tanzania paid a visit to SMU with another four colleagues. Prof. Yu Shicheng, President of SMU, Prof. Jin Yongxing, Vice President of SMU and leaders of relevant colleges and departments gave the distinguished guests a warm reception.
During the meeting, Prof. Jin Yongxing first extended his warm welcome to the guests. Then he pointed out that Shanghai has accelerated the pace of building up an international shipping centre and has made significant progress over the past few years. SMU plays an active part in and provides strong support for the regional and national transportation industry. During this period, SMU reforms the maritime teaching and training system in order to improve the university’s education quality and operation efficiency. In fact, since the signing of the cooperation agreement between SMU and the Dar-es-Salaam Maritime Institute, senior officials such as the minister of the Ministry of Transport of the United Republic of Tanzania had visited our university to promote the communication between the two universities. He believed that the two universities could further their cooperation supported by both governments.
Mr. John Thomas James Mngodo, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport expressed his gratitude to SMU on behalf of the United Republic of Tanzania for the efforts SMU had made to establish the partnership with the Dar-es-Salaam Maritime Institute. He hoped that SMU would continuously support relevant Tanzania organizations. During the visit, the guests looked around the new campus of SMU, and visited the Maritime Simulation Center, COSTAMARE Engine Room Integrated Laboratory and Gymnasium. And later on they visited the China Maritime Museum in Shanghai.
Other delegates from Tanzania are Maj. Gen. (rtd) Leigatte Gideon Sande, Chairman of the Board of the Dar-es-Salaam Maritime Institute, Ms. Tumpe Mwaijande, Official of the Ministry of Transport, Capt. Shukuru A. Mkali , Acting President of the Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute as well as Mr. Primus D. Nkwera, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Science, Technology and Education (NACTE).