Strathmore University in conjunction with Leuphana University of Luneburg – Germany, will be collaborating to develop an entrepreneurship skills enhancement training program, dubbed, “Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP).
The 5-year partnership between the two institutions will foster collaboration in the following areas; faculty and student exchange programs, joint research, fundraising and resource mobilization, participation in international seminars and academic meetings, development of short academic programs, consultancy services and community outreach initiatives.
The STEP program will benefit students pursuing Undergraduate, Graduate and Post- Graduate studies.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was presided over by Prof. Michael Frese, Professor of Psychology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Leuphana, University of Luneburg, Dr. George Njenga, Dean Strathmore Business School and Dr. Edward Mungai, Strathmore Business School Associate Dean – Research and Innovation.
Speaking during the MoU signing, Dr. George Njenga highlighted the importance of academic collaborations emphasising on the need to collaborate with international institutions that support cross-cultural learning interventions. “The importance of academic partnership is that it offers students the opportunity to participate in significant experiences across various institutions of higher learning. Participation in innovative programs such as cross-institutional faculty and student exchange, research collaboration, internships or community outreach initiatives, enables us to groom students to be true global citizens,” said Dr. Njenga.
Prof. Frese spoke of the importance of harnessing Kenya’s entrepreneurial potential through imparting entrepreneurial skills in institutions of learning. This he said, would be pivotal in projecting the country’s entrepreneurial landscape forward. “Currently, Kenya has been witnessing major growth in entrepreneurship and innovation, led by a rising interest towards new technologies and mobile connectivity. Kenya’s integration of digital technology for economic growth has been remarkable and significantly outstanding across the continent. This partnership coming at a ripe age whereby the uptake of entrepreneurship is vibrant, gives us the confidence that the outcomes of this MOU shall significantly advance the country’s potential into realization,” remarked prof. Frese.