Coal City University, Enugu, Nigeria has partnered the University of Lincoln and University of Nairobi in a British Council IAU programme. This was made known in a release on the British Council website announcing winners for the inaugural edition of Innovation for African Universities programme.
Coal City University will co-manage the programme with three other partners including ChangeSchool, University of Lincoln University of Nairobi, Kenya and African Development Institute of Research Methodology (ADIRM). The project, tagged Innovation, Entrepreneuship and Higher Education Digital Ecosystem in Nigeria, will be led Dr. Paul Igwe from the University of Lincoln as Prinicpal Investigator assisted by Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman as co-investigator. The Coal City University team comprises Mr. Okechukwu Chukwuemeka, Mrs Maureen Anyalor, Prof. Nnamdi Madichie and Prof. Ikenna Uzuegbunam. The Africa Development Institute of Research Methodology, Enugu has Dr. Nonso Ochinanwata also as co-investigator.
The Innovation for African Universities (IAU) project, part of the Going Global Partnerships programme, is initiated by the British Council to foster the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within universities and facilitate the development of skills required to build industries, companies, products and services. The project is designed to support the development of Africa – UK University Partnerships that build institutional capacity for Higher Education engagement in entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems in selected African countries.