Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) and the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Thunderbird/ASU) – ranked number one for innovation in the US – have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the development of the knowledge economy in Kenya.
“We have signed this MoU to lay a very strong foundation for us to get engaged. At Konza, we are seeking to get partners, the very best from across the world to lay the right foundation for Konza Technopolis to achieve its vision of being among the leading global innovation hub. For us to succeed in ICT, Engineering and Life Sciences, we need like-minded partners in these spaces,” he said.
Eng. Tanui noted that the signing of the MoU will go a long way in supporting education which is one of Konza Technopolis’ drivers. Konza Technopolis is currently developing the country’s first graduate-only university – The Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) which will provide specialized research and training in various cutting edge engineering technologies and advanced science disciplines to support Kenya’s development into a newly industrialised economy.
On his part, Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Director General and Dean of Thunderbird School of Management noted that Thunderbird’s partnership with Konza will seek to accelerate their technology and innovation impact in the country.
He added, “In this partnership, we are focusing on several areas including space technology and exploration, creative industry, engineering and leadership and management. All technology and innovation development need good leaders and this is something we shall be seeking to achieve.”
Through the Francis and Dionne Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative, Thunderbird aims to offer accredited online global, world-class education in 40 different languages to learners across the globe, at absolutely no cost to the learner.Women and young women will account for 70 percent of the 100 million learners that the program will reach worldwide.
Sports CS Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, who read President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech urged Kenyans to take advantage of the initiative and grab a good share of the opportunity to train 100 million learners.
The Global Initiative will further advance Thunderbird’s mission to empower and influence global leaders and managers who maximize the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to advance equitable and sustainable prosperity worldwide.