SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has opened a new research center at the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the world’s leading universities, located in Johannesburg in partnership with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA).

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has furnished the newly launched laboratory with various electronic and mechanical tools to enable academics, researchers and university students to carry out prototype design and production activities and Research & Development studies.

The TİKA Jazari-Laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand university was well-equipped with crucial medical tools such as Laser cutting machine, desktop router (mini CNC), desktop lathe, desktop drill press, 3D scanner, 3D printer with FDM technology and 3D printer with DLP-LCD technology.

The Turkish Agency also provided necessary hardware and computers for the laboratory along with 3D Printer, Laser cutter, CNC Router, robotic coding usage and application training offered to ten technicians and students at the prestigious university.

The well-equipped laboratory will ensure that students and researchers can transform their ideas into real products using various digital production technologies in the centennial of the university.

In addition, the inaugurated facility will make a significant contribution to the innovation capacity of the faculty and will pave the way for cooperation between the university and Turkish academic institutions.

The launching event was attended by Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye to Pretoria Ayşegül Kandaş, TİKA Pretoria Coordinator Abdulkadir Abukan, President of the University of the Witwatersrand Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi, Dean of Engineering Faculty Thokozani Majozi and other related academicians.

Oral and dental health training in Tanzania

Meanwhile, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency partnered with the Association Friends of Africa to launch oral and dental health trainings at the Faculty of Dentistry of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The medical trainings, conducted through the 2nd Tanzania Oral and Dental Health Organization, focused on the fields of Endodontics, Pedodontics, Maxillofacial Radiology and Maxillofacial surgery and Prosthetic dental treatment to increase the capacity of the faculty.

TİKA provided theoretical trainings within the scope of the organization, followed by dental tomography device training along with implant application performed at the faculty for the first time under scientific conditions by Turkish surgeons.

The trainings saw the participation of more than 50 academic staff working in the Faculty of Dentistry who were given theoretically and practically coaching by 9 faculty members from various universities and institutions in Turkey.

Moreover, participation certificates were given to the local physicians who attended the training in a ceremony on the last day of the organization.

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