By Azania Post Reporter
THREE organizations have teamed up to conduct the Academia-public private partnership (APPP) forum and exhibitions to be held later on this month in Kenya.
The two-day forum slated for March 21 and 22 is organized by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), the East African Business Council (EABC), the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), and the East African Development Bank (EADB).
The forum’s theme is the East African common higher education area: Opportunities for Industrialization through Academia-Public-Private.
The Forum which has been in place since 2011, is open to all stakeholders in East Africa and beyond from the academia, public and private sectors, higher education institutions, Africa Centers of Excellence (ACEs), employers, manufacturers and other players in the wide industry value chain.
It seeks to explore the status and potential for linkage between the three sectors in utilizing opportunities brought about by the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol.
According to organizers, the APPP focuses on enhancing linkage between the academia, research institutions, and public and private sector enterprises;
Promoting the utilization of higher education research output and innovations by the private sector/business community.
It also aimed to promote consultative engagement in curriculum and research development and implementation and jointly organizing dialogue forums and exhibitions.
The key themes of discussion will include Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) as a catalyst for the transformation of the production systems and outputs, contribution of medium, small and macro enterprises (MSMEs) to ensure optimization of productive potential for sustainable economic growth;
The plenary and breakaway sessions will be run in parallel with exhibitions, in which products, systems and services emanating from research and innovations from universities, research institutions and the private sector will be showcased as a way of promoting and enhancing academia-public-private partnerships.
“Academic-Industry linkages have become critically important at this stage when we know that the convergence between academic, public and private institutions both productive and service providers can drive innovative development,” said Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje, Executive Secretary, IUCEA.
“Whereas publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals is good, translating these research findings into innovative products and services that can be commercialized and used in everyday life is greater,” he said.
He encouraged academics, researchers, innovators, students, SMEs and all interested members of the public to attend the forum for sharing experiences and use the forum as an opportunity for learning.