Project Duration: March 2022 to August 2022
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Ngoasong
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Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Nicholas Ozor
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Grantor: British Council
Grant Amount: £ 20,000
This project will promote university-led ecosystems as anchoring institutions for delivering self-sustaining innovation and entrepreneurship education that contributes to Kenya’s development. Conceptualizing the partnerships within the IAU as anchoring institutions, we will investigate how their structures and operations can inform policies relating to entrepreneurial universities in Kenya. Our approach is informed by the need to promote the attainment of four UN SDGs. First, to strengthen the means of implementation of partnership for sustainable development (SDG 17).
Through multi-stakeholder dialogues we will explore how partnerships can be more impactful in influencing policies. Through in-depth discussions with representative technical leads, we will develop a model depicting how the IAU partnerships operating within Kenyan universities can be self-sustaining as regional innovation hubs that contribute to SDG 8 (decent work) in terms of improving the conditions of work and study in HEI and SDG 9 to promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. Fourth, we will contribute methods for reinforcing quality education (SDG 4) by disseminating knowledge on how partnerships tackle administrative huddles concerning contracts, collaborative working and complex tensions that require cross-cultural learning. Finally, the dataset generated will be made open access for future research, thereby sustaining the project’s legacy.
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