PanAAC in line with our mandate of supporting business hosted a consultative meeting for mentors and incubator managers on the 5th and 6th of December 2013.
Ongoing Mentors and Incubator Managers Meeting
Universities Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation (UniBRAIN)
UniBRAIN is a Pan-African initiative of the African Union Commission supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida). The development objective of UniBRAIN is for innovation and entrepreneurship derived jobs within the agricultural sector to be created through partnerships between universities, research institutions and the private sector.
UniBRAIN promotes innovation by supporting start-up, diversification and up-scaling of commercial ventures; It supports graduate training in entrepreneurial and business skills and advances graduate research –based knowledge that is relevant to the development of African agriculture and agri-business.
It pioneers a new approach to promoting agricultural innovation by improving tertiary agribusiness education in Africa. UniBRAIN initiative promotes innovation by improving the flow of technology and knowledge by removing barriers between actors in the value chains. It is the synergy and linkage between the diverse actors that catalyses and drives the innovations. UniBRAIN links university education, research and business in sustainable agriculture, with the following objectives:
• To develop and implement collaborative programmes fostering innovation among universities,
research institutions and the private sector.
• To strengthen African agricultural innovation systems, which are expected to deliver the new
and improved technologies that are required to improve agricultural productivity
• To develop and implement improved and better contextualised undergraduate and
postgraduate agribusiness teaching and learning.
• To facilitate exchange of experiences, resource and knowledge sharing.
In fulfilling one of its mandates under UniBRAIN, PanAAC has undertaken the development and implementation of improved and better contextualized BSc and MSc teaching and learning that takes advantage of various approaches and tools.
This is through the improved products emanating from these collaborations; these include e-learning, experimental and problem based learning, practical training and internships, agribusiness studies and training in team work and other systems skills that are needed for effective interdisciplinary and multi-institutional innovation systems.
Notable is that the greater involvement of universities in agricultural innovation including partners of the comprehensive African agriculture development program, will generate new thinking and opportunities for investments in improved facilities for teaching and research as integral components of agricultural development programs