Coventry University has launched the Africa Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship (AITE), to boost Ghana’s socio-economic development by encouraging entrepreneurs.
The AITE is a platform which seeks to promote transformational entrepreneurship in Africa through education, research and practice-based activity.
The programme has been established on the premises that African universities—through the promotion of enterprises and entrepreneurship have a pivotal role to play in the overall development of the continent.
The institute will initially see Coventry University partnering with Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Conversations are currently well-advanced to include the Association of African Universities ( AAU) and the British Council in the project.
Speaking to Citi Business News, the Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Coventry University, Professor John Latham said the institute will equip Ghanaians on how to develop and implement home grown ideas in a global setting to be competitive.
“Africa tertiary education should be designed to address Africa’s specific problems”, he said adding that, “Entrepreneurship-based education and research in Africa’s institutions of higher learning can help address the issue of unemployment, inequality and sustainable socio-economic growth in Africa”.
He stated that, the university aims to contribute to all areas of Africa’s development as a founding member of AITE.
“In collaboration with the partner universities, the AAU and the British council, Coventry University will run a collaborative programme of education, research and practice- based activity,” he said.
According to him, the AITE programmes will include interactive sessions, face-to-face workshops, research exchanges and online support ,channeled through its existing International Center for Transformational Entrepreneurship ( ICTE).
On his part, the Director in Charge of Entrepreneurship Programme at Coventry University, Professor Gideon Maas expressed confidence in the success of the programme.
He was optimistic the programme will make a difference in driving forward innovation and support wealth creation.
By: Lawrence Segbefia /citibusinessnews.com/Ghana