Enhancing Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability in Higher Education in Africa
The first part of the training, is ToT, consists of 8 workshops conducted in Europe. The aim is that representatives from each of the African universities become trainers through the workshops on following topics. Click on the topic to see how, in this project, are defined.
Student-Centred Learning (SCL) is an Outcomes-Based Educational (OBE) approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the learning processes of the students and on the outcomes of these learning processes in the form of qualifications achieved by the students. These qualifications are often categorized in knowledge, skills and competences. The SCL approach is different from the more common Teacher-Centred Teaching approach, which is an inputs-based educational approach where focus is on the teacher’s information input to the students’ learning processes.
E-learning is the use of digital resources in teaching. It may be fully online teaching, but more often in Higher Learning (as in this project) use of digital resources is integrated with classroom activities, which is then known as blended learning. It involves mostly the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (or Learning Management System) with a platform for each course, where fx teaching material is shared, messages is sent to students, assignments are handed in and corrected, Quizzes are designed and links to any digital resource on the internet is provided. E-learning can enhance the learning outcome as well as provide flexibility for teachers and students.
Entrepreneurship and innovation (E&I) education aims at fostering the student’s knowledge, skills, and competences to be creative, identify ideas and exploit opportunities. E&I knowledge and skills relevant for the entrepreneurial process involves idea generation, execution and firm growth. These skills and competences can be channeled to the market through the creation of a new venture, self- employment or by contributing to develop and grow an existing business (intrapreneurship).
Sustainability (SUS) in Higher Education aims at ensuring that future higher education graduates master sustainability competences in three learning domains such as cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioral. These competences are framed by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and include systems thinking, anticipatory, normative, strategic, collaboration, critical thinking, self-awareness and integrated problem-solving competency.
Each of the African universities has chosen an educational program where they wish to incorporate the different topics. The second part of the training consists of workshops in each of the African universities. Here the newly taught trainers, pass on their knowledge of the four topics to the local university lecturers. This is the second phase of the training
The ToT is based on the principles of The Jigsaw Model, a recognized learning model originally made for children but in this project as a global first, used in adult learning on a high academic level. Press the button below to read more about the Jigsaw Model.
After this workshop, it is up to each university to adjust and incorporate the new knowledge in their curriculums. The different programs and the objectives for each can be seen below.
- The BSc Aquaculture and Water Resources Management curriculum, partly or fully redesigned to meet local socio-economic needs and equip students with entrepreneurial skills for employability and self-employment
- The first 2 semesters of the redesigned programme implemented and evaluated
- Teachers at KNUST trained by the LTF on redesign of study programmes similar to the BSc Aquaculture and Water Resources Management
- KNUST Stakeholder Panel (SP) with representatives for external stakeholders from within the area of aquaculture and water resources management and a gender balanced team of students and recent graduates established
- Access to redesigned study programmes at KNUST for disadvantaged students, especially girls and rural students, improved
- Cross-regional and cross continental networks on HE established between KNUST and other project partners
- An institutional strategic plan for sustained continuation of the project