The British Council’s flagship sub-Saharan Africa higher education programme, Innovation for African Universities (IAU), is ready to move to the all-important implementation phase.

During 2021, 24 grants were awarded, nine to South African institutions, in the hope that the IAU’s goal – contributing to fostering the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within universities in Africa – would be met. Ms Meekness Lunga-Ayidu (above), Science and Higher Education Programme Manager at British Council South Africa, expressed the Council’s pleasure at the outcome.

She was addressing a public universities’ executive leadership audience at the two-day Executive Leadership Workshop (ELW), hosted by Universities South Africa’s Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme and sponsored by her organisation, last week.  The ELW 2022 theme was Commercialisation of Research.

Speaking on Connecting the dots with British Council’s Innovation for African Universities, Lunga-Ayidu reaffirmed support for EDHE saying the British Council had developed something that aligned with EDHE goals.