Ghati Mwita was in the first batch of students to benefit from Equinor Tanzania’s work to build local capacity by sponsoring engineering students through the Angola Tanzania Higher Education Initiative (ANTHEI).
The programme, run in collaboration with the University of Dar Es Salaam and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), allows 10 local students per year to undertake a master’s degree in engineering.
The students spend one year at NTNU in Trondheim, then the final year back in Dar Es Salaam.
Growing up with her five siblings in the town of Tarime in northern Tanzania, Mwita always dreamed of becoming an engineer.
“My father brought me many books that gave me ideas about many kinds of jobs, and I was fascinated by the idea of building and creating things,” says Mwita.
Engineering is not a common profession for women in Tanzania and Mwita is grateful for her father’s support:
“He went out of his way to make sure that we all achieved our dreams.”
From intern to production engineer
After finishing her bachelor’s degree in mineral processing engineering at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Mwita applied for and received the ANTHEI scholarship. She successfully graduated from her master’s programme in 2014 and became the first graduate that Equinor Tanzania recruited for its internship programme.
Initially based in Dar Es Salaam, Mwita later spent three months in Oslo. Upon completion of her internship in 2016, Equinor Tanzania hired her to support operations that were ongoing related to exploration activities.