7 July 2014

Tanzanians Impress in China Student Innovation Contest

Beijing — TANZANIAN students have emerged third winners in an innovation competition on the production line automation installation, beating some technological powerhouses of the world.

Tanzania was the only team from Africa as others did not participate due to failure to register themselves despite the competition being announced in several media houses.

The students, Michael Nachipyangu and Deogratias Mzurikwao, who made the Tanzanian team, were beaten by Germany and Thailand that emerged first and second, respectively.

A team comprises only two members. The competition, dubbed International Vocational Skills Competition was held in Tianjin, about 180 kilometres north of Beijing last week for two days, where the teams battled it out on two categories.

The participants were for two days challenged to 'assemble and construct' on "Automatic Production Line Installation and Testing" with five stations and Automatic Guiding Vehicle (AGV) under 2014 Qicheng Power on Engineering Practice Innovation International Challenge.

On Day One, the contestants were given seven hours to assemble the five station production line where each station of programmable logic control (PLC) has to work separately.

"Me and my teammate we managed to assemble the PLC as required and work accordingly inside the seven hours; others didn't even finish it," Mr Nachipyangu said jovially.

The Tanzanian students are both studying Signal and Information Processing at Tianjin University of Technology and Education in Beijing.

On day two the teams were required to construct an Automatic Guiding Vehicle (AGV), which are typically a crane that operates in seaports for off and loadings cargoes and on heavy industries.

"We feel very happy to take the third slot," Mr Nachipyangu told the 'Daily News' after the competition on telephone interview.

He added: "I have represented my country accordingly as it was a tough competition that gauges our innovation skills."

The teams were made of students from China, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Indonesia, South Korea, Canada, Japan and Laos. Thailand entered four teams.

The competition is an annual event organised by Automation Teaching Research Committee of the Chinese Society of Vocational and Technical Education.

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