Africa Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship Launched

The Coventry University has announced the launch of the Africa Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship (AITE), with the aim of boosting socio-economic development across the African continent.

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The AITE is a platform, which seeks to promote transformational entrepreneurship in Africa through education, research and practice-based activity, which has been established on the premise that African university –through the promotion of enterprise and entrepreneurship have a pivotal role to play in the overall development of Africa.

The programme would initially see Coventry University partnering with Stellenbosch University, South Africa and the University of Cape Coast, with talks being advanced to include the Association of African Universities and British Council in the project.

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Coventry University Professor John Latham, who spoke at the launch in Accra, said Africa tertiary education should be designed to address Africa’s specific problems.

He said entrepreneur –based education and research in Africa‘s institution of higher learning could help address the issue of unemployment, inequality and sustainable socio-economic growth in Africa.

“We are enormously excited to be launching this initiative and we are confident it will make a difference in driving forward innovation and supporting wealth creation in an African continent that is fast developing,” he said.

Prof Latham explained that AITE programmer would include interactive sessions, face –to- face workshop, research exchange and online support channeled through its existing international Centre for transformation Entrepreneur.

By Awudu Salami, GNA

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