The National Research Foundation (NRF) convened a meeting on Entrepreneurship for Africa’s Sustainable Industrialisation with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Graduate School of Business (University of Cape Town) the Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria) and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (United Nations University, Japan).
The meeting takes place during 12-13 April 2018 at the NRF in Pretoria, and is aimed at discussing the need and desirability for collective action by business schools in Africa for developing a business education and entrepreneurial ecosystem. The participants also consider ways of increasing the role that African business schools play in the science, technology and innovation landscape, and developing mechanisms to mainstream entrepreneurial skills development in postgraduate programmes.
The workshop brings together key stakeholders, comprising of Deans from 15 business schools in Africa, members of the private sector, and funders from across the continent and Japan, including representatives from the Embassy of Japan in South Africa and the African Development Bank. Also present are several young entrepreneurs from across the continent, sharing their perspectives of entrepreneurship in African business schools.
Dr Molapo Qhobela, CEO of the NRF, states, “Currently, access to higher education in South Africa is in the spotlight. It is important that we begin to identify gaps and opportunities that respond to these challenges. In particular, collective efforts that create opportunities for exceptional young leaders to access programmes, especially in a business development context, could have bigger impact. Not only do we need close collaboration between the regional platforms, but we must also examine ways for them to harness and share the region’s vast experience, knowledge and potential”.
The meeting is hosted by Strategic Partnership of the NRF.