Structure of the Forum
Objectives of the APPPF 2017
The aim of the forum is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to:
- Rationalize the the EAC Partner States’ commitment to the wide range of aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as essential ingredients in driving industrialization and sustainable development
- Participants from academia, public and private sectors to showcase functional partnerships and their related outputs and products for the purpose of jointly synergizing their efforts
- To enhance the promotion of such linkages in order to attain the EAC and Partner States industrialization strategies.
Expected Forum Outcomes
At the end of the Forum, it is expected that
- The role of each partner in the tripartite, i.e. academia, public and private sectors in the EAC industrialization processes in the context of the Common Higher Education Area will be articulated
- The objectives of EAC Common Higher Education Area as an important building block for the integration agenda and regional human resources development will be appreciated
- The envisaged partnership between academia, and productive sectors (public and private) will be enhanced
- Show-cased products during exhibitions from academia and productive sectors will stimulate partnership in the production and promotion of the products
Plenary and Breakaway Sessions
Specific sub-themes relevant to the objectives of the Forum, are the following:
- Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as a catalyst for transformation of the production systems and outputs
- Contribution of small, medium and macro enterprises to ensure optimization of productive potential for sustainable economic growth
- Education ecosystems for knowledge management and information sharing within the EAC industrialization processes
- Role of centers-of-excellence initiatives in the EAC Partner States in industrialization
- Role of media and creative arts for the promotion of industrialization and EAC integration agenda
Some of Key Milestones achieved since 2012
- Stocktaking of University-Industry Linkages: A study was carried out as one of the resolutions of the 2012 forum in order to identify key variables that influence university-industry linkages, improve the understanding of current university-industry linkages, analyse the value created by these linkages, and develop a conceptual framework of university-industry linkages. The survey provided useful information on meaningful and results-oriented interactions that would transform the socio-economic structure of the East African economies.
- Contribution to the development of the East African Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (EAQFHE): In addressing the 2013 Forum resolutions, IUCEA in collaboration with EABC, worked hand-in hand in the development of an East African Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (EAQFHE) that was approved by the EAC Council of Ministers in May 2015.
- Harmonization of Education and Training Systems: A common understanding has been established among partners on the need of enhancing harmonization of education and training systems, and qualifications attained in the Community; strengthen academia-private sector linkages in the development of skillful, competent and entrepreneurial human resources for enhancing the region’s socio-economic development; and improve the status of research and innovation linked to the development and growth of SMEs.
- Involvement of International Experts: In order to learn from experiences on successful academia – industry partnership models elsewhere in the world, resource people from some countries outside East Africa, namely Egypt, Germany and Singapore and South Africa, have consistently been invited to participate in order to share their experiences. During the 2017 forum, experts from China and Ghana have been invited for the same purpose.
- Establishment of Status of Research and Innovation in East Africa: The partners worked together to facilitate the collection of empirical information on the status of the linkage between higher education and research and innovation in the region in relation to capacity building in skills development, postgraduate training (Masters, PhD and postdoctoral schemes), entrepreneurship development, and strengthening SMEs’ contributions to industrial development and growth. The main objective of the survey was to establish empirical information with respect to the status of R&I in East Africa for the development of an R&I capacity building programme.
- Development of a regional Research and Innovation Capacity Building Programme: Partners have initiated the process of developing an R&I capacity building programme for East Africa, whose goal would be to create and expand the R&I space in East Africa by: defining the academia-public-private sector research and innovation agenda; enhancing the capacity of the academia to generate knowledge and innovation; promoting the capacity of the private sector/industry to absorb and utilize the knowledge and innovation so created; designating regional R&I hubs linked to business and innovation clusters that can be supported with public and private funding; and providing an enabling environment for the public and private sectors to advise and participate in business development.
- Increasing level of participation: Since 2012, the level of participation in terms of the number of participants, categories of institutions from both academia, public and private sectors have been increasing steadily from all the EAC Partner States.