African higher education can only be the engine of innovation that the continent needs to be globally competitive if it focuses more on experiential or practical learning, according to Brian Asingia, CEO of the platform in DreamGalaxy line.
Asingia believes that with the right policies, training, advice and support, especially with regard to human and financial capital, Africa, like Asia, can create and own unique intellectual property rights in the fields of medicine, fintech, energy, travel and space innovation.
He cited and applauded Rwanda where the government has put in place policies that support entrepreneurship and protect local innovations as well as facilitate support for foreign investment for local innovation.
Speaking on the future of science and technology in Africa at the Association of African Universities general conference held virtually July 5-8, Asingia said African universities are well placed to play an essential role in research and local innovations that provide solutions to local problems.
“[The] university system is one of the most effective ways to bring [about] change for local innovations through experiential learning, ”said Asingia.
He called for programs to train students in intellectual property policies to register and protect their innovations and derive financial benefits later.
Train ethical entrepreneurs
Speaking at a plenary session on the future of science and technology in Africa, Asingia told conference delegates that public and private higher education institutions need to collaborate in the four critical areas of l reliable and affordable energy, clean and affordable water, accessible and inclusive. mobile or digital banking and working against those who infringe on intellectual property.
In an exclusive follow-up interview with News from academia, Asingia said her company trains, advises and supports (both human and financial capital) business leaders and ethical innovators to launch, develop and scale inclusive innovations across cultures and borders.
This is done through DreamGalaxy Academy, a platform that organizes and distributes culturally relevant educational media for lifelong learners, as well as DreamGalaxy Advisory that advises and supports entrepreneurs and leaders in their ethical leadership and strategies. and inclusive innovation programs.
The academy currently distributes educational media to AAU universities through its AAUTV division which, in turn, is accessible worldwide in 1,600 cities and over 151 countries, leading to an increase in inter-university collaborations. and student teachers.
Asia called for inclusive innovation initiatives by African universities that take into account all stakeholders and education systems that inspire students to think about Africa’s Agenda 2063 and how to ‘contribute to it.
Through collaborations with stakeholders such as alumni networks, governments and the private sector, Asingia said African universities could develop start-ups capable of putting Africa on the global map.
“Supporting the AU’s Agenda 2063 and prioritizing the achievement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement is important to create the scale and environment for much-needed collaboration through cultures and borders necessary for Africans to thrive, despite foreign competition and interference, ”said Asingia.
“It is time for us as students, educators, innovators and leaders to act for Agenda 2063 and the AfCFTA across cultures and borders and education, both through culturally appropriate digital media as well as experiential learning models supported by strong enforcement of intellectual property policies and an inclusive digital banking experience is how we get there, ”he said.
To overcome challenges of scientific and technological innovation, such as scale-up and ownership, Asia called for more favorable banking policies that would facilitate, among other things, cross-border payments.
“Universities here can play a vital role in hybrid commercialization [in which case, innovators keep and maintain economic control and ownership of their ideas, innovation and strategies] and we look forward to launching such pilot programs with interested higher education institutions, ”said Asingia.