Centre Of Excellence

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Specific Objectives of ARUA CoE for Unemployment and Skills Development (ARUA-USD, CoE)

  • Engender strong collaboration among researchers and experts in Africa focusing on entrepreneurship and skills development as intervention tools to the challenges of unemployment in Africa.
  • Capacity building of young faculty members in doctoral and postdoctoral training in partnership with ARUA universities in Africa and ARUA partners across the world to build team of experts that will constantly research into youth unemployment in Africa and the needed entrepreneurship and innovation interventions that can provide lasting solutions to this menace in Africa;
  • Annual conferences and workshops, seminars and stakeholder engagement meetings that will bring the town and gown together to harmoniously work together to build the African youth to believe in themselves to combat unemployment;
  • Empower African youth with the entrepreneurial skills for self-reliance to fight unemployment and poverty across Africa;
  • Promote entrepreneurship innovation and design thinking capable of igniting the best collaborative research that can help discover the hidden treasures of Africa;
  • Discover and develop the creativity and entrepreneurial skills in students and Faculty Members toward product development and new business ventures that can emerge into companies of African origin that will be globally competitive;
  • Establish a broad network of stakeholders (i.e. African governments, multinational corporations, captain of industries, government development agencies, NGOs, etc.) that will be committed to promoting solutions to youth unemployment and skills development.
  • Foster collaboration among researchers by enhancing the international mobility within Africa and across the United Kingdom (UK) and North America for enhancement of knowledge and shared brainstorming on structural policies capable of encouraging innovation, soft skills and business development skills that will reduce unemployment and aid the future of work in Africa.
  • Establish a state-of-the-art Incubation and Accelerator Centres for ideation and developing start-ups into business Champions across African region;
  • Promote Student’s entrepreneurship Ideas (SEI) by encouraging clusters of undergraduates working in teams to turn ideas into reality through venture creation and business across Africa, thereby depopulating the future unemployment and poverty group;
  • Provide training opportunities for entrepreneurs in Africa for capacity building and business development and scale-up strategies