Interface industry, university; Road to Economic Development – VC, Igbenedion University
1 Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo, Professor Lawrence Ezemonye has described the industry-academic interface as a pathway to economic development and stability in Nigeria.
2 Ezemonye made the claim on Saturday in a statement from the Differentiate Nigeria High Level Stakeholder Meeting in Lagos.
3 He noted that the research and development results of educational institutions are the springboards for the solutions needed for industrial growth and development.
4 This, he explained, would in turn lead to increased productivity and improved national gross domestic product (GDP).
5 “The interface is the start of growth because industry has its demand and academia provides its philosophy.
6 “There is this problem that graduates from academia generally do not meet the demand from industry.
seven “For this reason, it became necessary to find a way to close this gap.
8 “And that gave birth to the partnership between the University of Benin and Lancaster University 10 years ago, propelled by Prof. Kirk Semple; Dr Akanimo Odon, CEO, Envirofly Consulting UK Limited and myself.
9 “I can say with authority that the industry-university interface is starting to gain traction and has spread to the University of Lagos, Babcock University and others,” he said. declared.
ten Professor Kirk Semple, Director, Lancaster, Environment Centre, Lancaster University, England, said the partnership aims to stimulate sustainable entrepreneurial thinking for scientists.
11 He added that £1.5 billion was allocated to the project by the Global Challenges Research Fund.
He noted that the overall objective was to share learning about local entrepreneurship in African universities and explore barriers and opportunities for local entrepreneurship in African universities.
12 He added that the partnership also aims to introduce the Entrepreneurial Thinking Stimulation Toolkits for Scientists and Students (SETSS).
13 “Lancaster University has co-designed, co-developed and co-delivered two multi-organizational projects with African partners: Recirculate (a seven million pound capacity building project with five African organizational partners from Nigeria, Ghana , Malawi, Kenya and Botswana).
14 “Actuate (700,000 Pound Waste to Energy Demonstrator Plant Development Project with over 10 organizational partners from Nigeria and Ghana), initiated at CSIR-FRI Ghana and carried out in partnership with African partners.
15 “Next, Lancaster University won funding from the British Council under the Digital Universities Africa program to further develop SETSS.
16 “All this, in partnership with the University of Benin and Igbinedion University in Nigeria, Lancaster University in Ghana, Kenyatta University in Kenya and CSIR Ghana,” he said.
17 Dr Akanimo Odon, CEO of Envirofly Consulting UK Limited, said the project had become important as universities in Nigeria and Africa faced research challenges.
18 Odon emphasized that the project aims to make researchers entrepreneurial in their thinking, adding that it is about changing the narrative of researchers to publish or perish in research to make money.
19 According to him, the British Council understands that for Africa to develop, universities must be strong and robust.
20 “So we have developed an innovation in the African Universities program called DIFFERENTIATE, which is why Lancaster University is partnering with some of these African universities.
21 “In 2013, Africa’s gross expenditure on research and development was around 0.45% of GDP, compared to 2.71% in North America, 2.10% in Southeast Asia, 1.75% in Europe, 1.62% in Asia and 1.03% in Latin America and the Caribbean.
22 ““Africa was home to only 2.4% of the world’s researchers (1.1% for sub-Saharan Africa and 1.4% for North Africa).
23 “This compares to 42.8% in Asia, 31.0% in Europe, 18.5% in North America and 3.6% in Latin America and the Caribbean.
24 “The share of researchers in Germany (4.6%), the Republic of Korea (4.1%) and France (3.4%) is higher than that of the African continent as a whole,” he said. declared.
25 In addition, Dr. Chima Igwe, Director of the Department of Chemical, Fiber and Environmental Technologies at the Federal Institute for Industrial Research (FIIRO), said that most scientists need the dual domain of entrepreneurial thinking. and kinetics.
26 Igwe, also a stakeholder in the program, said it would enable scientists to create the much-talked-about wealth and generate jobs using their various field commitments.