Project to support entrepreneurship education in Africa secures €1.4m EU funding

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ISBE member Dr. Paschal Anosike, Director Centre for African Entrepreneurship and Leadership, University of Wolverhampton has led several African partners to secure €1.4million EU funding to oversee the harmonisation of entrepreneurship education in Africa.

The innovative project, to be delivered in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa, will focus on strengthening communities and capacity for self-employment through academic mobility. Over five years, Dr Paschal Anosike, will visit the partner institutions in Africa to oversee workshops, monitor progress and co-ordinate conferences attended by government officials, employers, SME representatives, the media and the HE sector.

The seven African partners include Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Makerere University (Uganda), Kyambogo University (Uganda), University of Ghana (Ghana), Milpark Business School (South Africa), Ministry of Education Uganda and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda.

Dr Anosike said: “We are delighted that the EU has awarded the University such a significant grant to work jointly with the higher education, government and non-governmental sectors. The aim is to strengthen communities towards self-employment through entrepreneurship education.

“It will involve academic exchange programmes to share ideas and expertise, as well as social and economic development within communities across Eastern, Western and Southern African regions.

“This is in recognition of our leading role in Africa in the area of entrepreneurship education development over the last few years. CAEL has worked with higher education institutions, governments, international development agencies, NGOs and the private sector across Africa to develop sustainable entrepreneurship strategies through training, research, curriculum development and policy formulation.”

Dr. Anosike’s entrepreneurship education initiatives in northern Nigeria (the Boko Haram heartland) have won best International Project at the Guardian University Awards and a PraxisUnico Impact Award.

Contact: P.Anosike@wlv.ac.uk or CAEL@wlv.ac.uk

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