Internal Stakeholder’s Forum
Internal Stakeholders Forum was held at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on Tuesday, 13th, November, 2018, Jubilee Hall - Auditorium, at 10.00 a.m. The Forum provided an opportunity to create awareness on the African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development (AHEAD) Project, funded by ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.
Overall, there were 55 participants involved in this consultative forum, organized by the Research section & and the project team. The project team wanted to hear the stakeholder’s opinions on the opportunities and obstacles for moving forward with the project.
About Stakeholders Forum
All CUEA Staff and Students are part of the internal stakeholders of the project. The aim of this forum therefore was to sensitize the internal stakeholders (as the interested party) to play their key role in the AHEAD Project. This forum facilitated a dialogue with all CUEA staff and students on how to play their role in promoting Innovative agenda, Provided a forum for internal stakeholder forums as innovation system to network, raised awareness on the AHEAD project in CUEA community, updated the stakeholders on the status, opportunities, challenges and prospects in the CUEA innovation system and finally enabled the faculties’ and section to share the salient features of their innovation systems, capacities, challenges, opportunities and prospects.
The participants were eager to be made aware of the schedule of activities and work packages in order to find ways of adding their inputs to the project. They said that they were “very excited to be part of the project “as it is a good project that will help lecturers and students in research and innovation”. Another participant commented: “I'm ready to work and support the project”. The participants made a plea for frequent dissemination of project findings in order to motivate the staff and bring more onboard.
Participants’ Anticipations from the AHEAD Project
Dr. Alexander Meckelburg presenting during the internal stakeholders’ forum
Dr. Mecklburg indicated that the students were eager to pursue the following, which have potential for social innovation initiatives within the CUEA-AHEAD Project:
- Explore collaboration with other faculties
- Continue active ethnographic longitudinal research (oversee the processes unfolding).
Dr. Carolyne S. Mutambi introduced panel discussion around the AHEAD knowledge triangle models. She emphasized the need to strengthen the connection among Innovation, Education, and Research and Technology.
Dr.Carolyne Mutambi presenting on Knowledge Triangle perspectives
Dr. Joseph Ntale, a member of the CUEA AHEAD project team followed up on the project schedule through the notion of project logical framework. He reiterated that AHEAD project was great opportunity for CUEA as a way of realising connection with the world class universities, platform to publish, need to “write our own stories”. He urged the CUEA community to use its uniqueness and the opportunity provided by the AHEAD project to respond to the needs of the society.
Dr. J. Ntale explaining Project Logframe in CUEA Innovation Ecosystem