Implementation of outreach to University-Private sector and Industry partnership

Date

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 to Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Event Details

MAPRONANO center of excellence intends to build and strengthen education and partnerships between ACE and private sector and industry, and solidify linkages to address existing gaps into university education and value addition of raw materials for the explicit purpose of enabling industries develop products that are of high quality and internationally accepted. The Center team will participate in visitation of industries and building of close partnership with industries in the period of 28th November – 15th December, 2017. This will underscore the need to initiate MOUs with private sector companies and industry partners to more proactively contribute to entrepreneurship education, innovation, research and development and standards. MAPRONANO will work closely with local private partners namely Roofings (U) Ltd, Steel and Tube, Steel Rolling Mills, Crest Tank (U) Ltd, Cipla (Quality Chemicals Pharmaceuticals), Luwero Industries, Food and agro-based processing industry, UNBS, UVRI, UIRI and UCI these will provide practical skills training for the Masters and PhD students and researchers undertaking internships as well as foster product development and commercialization. This collaboration with industry will also provide additional income to the MAPRONANO ACE.
Goals
The goal of outreach to industries is to build a close partnership, jointly develop products, conduct research and concretize on signing of MOUs.These overall outreach goals described above fit very well within the overall objective of the World Bank ACE II project which seeks to engage private companies in the center governance and build university-private sector and industry partnership.

Purpose
The deliberations from this outreach to industries hope to provide a strong bondage with the private sector industries, exchange of ideas, to enhance opportunities for deeper collaborations to build entrepreneurship skills for better market entry for graduate students. This will enable MAPRONANO to carry out research that can be translated into business concepts, and provide innovative business service solutions through engagement of graduate students, faculty and stakeholders. This will solidify partnerships with the private sector and business community in the implementation of education and research, execution and monitoring of graduate education to ensure viable economic growth.
Expected Outputs from engaged activities
• The outreach will provide a framework to contribute to improved graduate students’ skills required by the private sector while engaging graduate students to set up businesses after graduation and creating employment opportunities.
• Internship placements; the outreach to industry will result into acquiring students internship placement with industrial partners.
• MOU signing; the outreach will help to cement the signing of MOUs with our partnering institutions
• There will be shared Laboratory Space for Student/Staff involved in Project Activities
• Joint Resource mobilization with Industry partners to support the research portfolio of the ACE
• Joint Product Development and Commercialization of ACE Research outputs
• Joint IP and Copyrights registration of ACE Research outputs
• Provision of Expertise to support the research and training goals of the ACE
• Joint certification and accreditation of ACE Programs (Product design & Manufacturing courses)

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