The University of Nairobi in partnership with Ministry of Youth, Gender and Public Service; Africa Development Bank and United Nations University Tokyo co-hosted the TICAD Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, a first of its kind, that was graced by Dr. Akiwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Madam Sicily Kariuki, Minister for Youth and Gender Services and several distinguished guests and participants at KICC during the TICAD VI Conference held in Nairobi on August 27-28, 2016 which Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and President of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta graced the occasion. The Conference was attended by 34 Presidents and Heads of Governments with over 10,000 delegates in attendance.
The forum brought together young entrepreneurs and researchers who are expected to take the lead in promoting sustainable industrialization. The launching of this new initiative is expected to lead to the development of a network of entrepreneurs and researchers in Africa, and entrepreneurial courses and a graduate program (Africa MBA), results of which will be reported in TICAD VII in Japan in 2019. The future of an industrialized Africa will highly depend on the catalyzation of the next generation is support of Africa's inclusive growth and development.
TICAD Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, an initiative set to become part of the TICAD Process signifies a new dawn, a time when Africa is increasingly taking charge of her socio-economic and environmental development. The Forum, brought together more than 50 youth entrepreneurs and young researchers, who shared perspectives on how to catalyze the next generation for Africa's sustainable industrialization.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi, presented a landmark paper (see attached) on “Catalyzing the Next Generation for Africa’s Sustainable Industrialization” and was appointed a Chair of the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) Consortium, taking over from Prof. Simukanga formerly the Vice Chancellor of Zambia and currently the Director of Higher Education in Zambia.
ESDA is a consortium that runs Sustainable Integrated Rural Development Africa (SIRDA), Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) and Mining and Mineral Resources (MMR) in universities in Africa. The Sustainable Urban Development program runs in the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University. The University of Nairobi implements the program in its curriculum in 2014.
The ESDA Programs offers unique features such as Joint program ownership and implementation by leading African universities, improving the existing postgraduate programs by combining strengths of partner universities rather than creating a totally new program based on ‘external’ models, Emphasis on Field-oriented training designed to strengthen problem-solving capacities and inter-personal work skills, Intentional use of Information and communication technology among others.
The new Chair was inaugurated by Professor Takeuchi, Senior Vice Rector of United Nations University in Tokyo on August 28, 2016 during the TICAD VI Conference held at KICC.