GIA and University of Dar es Salaam Sign Memo of Understanding

Accredited Jewelry Professional intensive program offered

CARLSBAD, Calif. – April 2, 2012 – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Africa have signed a Memo of Understanding. This initiative gives 20 individuals the opportunity to apply for GIA’s Accredited Jewelry Professional intensive (AJPi) program, which will provide them with knowledge of diamonds, colored gemstones and jewelry.

University of Dar es Salaam, the oldest and largest public university in Tanzania, will host the five-day class and select students from the application pool. To fund this initiative, GIA will provide a grant valued at $25,000 that waives the tuition fee and provides the instructor, training materials and gemological equipment. In addition, the Institute will donate two GIA gemological microscopes to the university.

“We are grateful for the University of Dar es Salaam’s support in facilitating these classes,” said Donna Baker, president and CEO of GIA. “We have a continued commitment to ensure that gemological education in Africa is as accessible as possible in order to develop the skill base of local workers, which in turn improves life in the community.”

The three-course AJPi program teaches polished diamond quality; how to translate jewelry design, style and manufacturing features into benefits for consumers; the basics of colored stone identification; how to explain treated, synthetic and imitation stones with full disclosure; and jewelry selling techniques.

“We’re honored to collaborate with GIA as we share the same standards of academic integrity,” said Professor Jamidu Y.H. Katima of the University of Dar es Salaam. “This is a valuable opportunity for our local residents and we encourage them to apply.”

GIA has an established presence in Africa, operating a full-service campus in Botswana and a laboratory in Johannesburg. In addition, GIA has offered diamond, colored gemstone and jewellery arts education at other facilities in Africa. GIA was accredited by the Government of Botswana in 2011, and has provided classes in Gaborone to further the country’s goals of increasing local employment and added value services from its diamond production.

For more information about GIA’s education program at the University of Dar es Salaam, contact us.

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