Through its global Community Engagement program, Arup is collaborating with staff and students at California Polytechnic State University, in a partnership with the Mbesese Initiative for Sustainable Development to build a vocational training college outside the town of Same, Tanzania.

With this project, the team hopes to establish a route out of poverty for many Tanzanians through higher education (after secondary school, enrollment rates drop below 4 percent). Situated on a 102-acre site in the northern highlands, the Same Polytechnic College will offer practical educational programs for up to 1,200 students in fields including farming, construction, teaching, and auto mechanics.