The second capacity building workshop within AHEAD project took place between 30.10 – 01.11 2019 in Kampala, Uganda. The event gathered 47 representatives of all 15 European and African partner organizations who were warmly welcomed in Kyambogo University. The aim of the meeting was to strengthen the impact and quality of the activities and results achieved so far and to coordinate and plan the ongoing collaborative work AHEAD.
During the workshop, the partners managed to discuss and agree upon the outlook and functionalities of the e-learning platform for the online course based on AHEAD learning modules, as well as to review and validate the Virtual Knowledge Gateway (VKG) mock-up platform meant for collaboration with external stakeholders. The organization of Stakeholder Roundtables at the PC universities was also planned and discussed.
Furthermore, an overview of the Innovation for Development Hubs to be established in each PC HEI was provided by Dr. Charlotte Carey from BCU and the delegates engaged in joint development of preliminary drafts of Feasibility and Sustainability Assessment Reports for the Establishment of the University-led Hubs. Dr. Simona Zampino from UNIMOL later presented good practices on organizing student start-up competitions and led the discussion on one of the next project activities – Pilot Student Start-up Competitions in PC Universities.
Meanwhile the project managers from each partner organization were involved in the Fourth project management meeting aimed at reviewing the technical and financial project implementation so far and planning the upcoming project activities. Thus, the project coordinators ensured that all issues and challenges related to the project implementation, reporting and documentation are addressed and cleared.
On the third day, each PC University presented the current situation in their institution regarding the relevance of the project to current priorities and policies; outlining synergies with other projects and initiatives carried out at institutional, regional or national level; and sharing ideas on how to enhance the project’s relevance.
The fruitful meeting was summarized by Dr. Evgenia Nikulina from ECQ who moderated the whole workshop and closing remarks were delivered by Dr. Lawrence Eron from the hosting Kyambogo University who proved the famous Ugandan hospitality. Last but not least, the partners had the chance to informally interact and get a glimpse at the rich Ugandan culture and traditions by visiting the Ndere Cultural Center.