AHEAD/Erasmus Training of Trainers Workshop, Birmingham, UK

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Associate Prof. Opio Okaka Dokotum (The Deputy Vice Chancellor), Mr. Andrew Ojulong (The Ag. University Librarian) and Mr. John Ogwang (The Head of Department Business and Management) participated in the African Higher Education Leadership in
Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development / AHEAD – Train the Trainers workshop that took place between 21st and 24th of May 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom and was hosted by Birmingham City University.

The aim of the joint training event was to ensure the transferability and multiplication of the AHEAD open educational recourses (OERs) by preparing faculty members and researches from the PC universities to teach and/or train in the area of innovation management and inclusive innovations, as well as entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship education.

Around 35 representatives from the AHEAD partnership participated in the training and had the chance to discuss the topics including: Delivery of entrepreneurship teaching/ training; Human-centred Design, Design Thinking and Social innovation, customer development process; Innovation systems; Types of innovations; Technological learning, technological catch-up, technological leapfrogging; Inclusive and Grassroots innovation.
During the first day the participants were welcomed by the head of the Business school Prof Nassim Belbaly and the AHEAD project manager from BCU Dr Charlotte Carey. The head of Business and Innovation Department of the Birmingham City Council Mr. Mohammed Zahir presented the policy perspective of innovations and entrepreneurship by sharing the main points from the Business Growth Programme. The Urban M project led by Birmingham City Council was also discussed showing a good example of partnership working and innovation in the cities.

Furthermore, guest lecturers from Birmingham City University and Coventry University presented various case studies including the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) – the most successful government funded programme for linking the business and the universities; and the STEAM house – a collaboration space for developing innovations by entrepreneurs and start-ups where free business support is provided, as well as access to makerspace workshops and co-working space, a programme of STEAMlabs and events led by industry experts from many different sectors.
The next days were structured into training sessions following the topics from the OERs which were moderated by the respective European partner. The academic staff from the African universities also had the chance to go on a study visit to the STEAM house while the project coordinators reviewed the AHEAD project implementation; management and upcoming activities.

The overall objective of the AHEAD/Erasmus project is to enhance the management, governance, teaching, research and evaluation capacities of the participating Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan universities in view of enabling them to implement the knowledge triangle and better integrate their research, education and innovation functions in support of innovation for sustainable development and inclusive growth.

The project 585919-EPP-1-2017-1-RO-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP has been funded with the support of the European Commission.
Project Website: http://ahead-project.net/

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