The MOU between USIU – Africa and Solbridge International School of Business was signed in 2013. The Global Business Management class has their Global study tour hosted by the Solbridge International School of Business in Woosong University, Daejeon, South Korea. The tour entails visits to industrial giants, the Kenyan embassy in Seoul and classroom instruction where they are exposed to Asian economic models and practices, strategic innovation management and the ever-changing economics of human behavior and are brought face to face with the Asian perspectives and current realities in business management. The global study tour allows participants to interact with global brands and improve their roles as leaders. The Summer 2017 tour included a group visit to Electrical Technology Research Institute (ETRI), Tea Academy and Hanbok, the KIA Motors manufacturing plant and the Samsung D'lights - a global exhibition space that showcases the latest product line-up by Samsung Electronics.
An agreement signed in 2018 saw the inception of an exchange programme between Fredrick University – Cyprus and USIU – Africa under the European Community Action Scheme for The Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS+).
The agreement set to facilitate the exchange of student and faculty between the two institutions had Prof. Teresia Linge (Associate Dean, Chandaria School of Business) and Prof. Timothy Okech (Chair, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics) visiting Cyprus in December, 2018.
Information Systems and Technology (IST) and Applied Computer Technology (APT) seniors and recent graduates from USIU-Africa and other universities around Africa, have an opportunity to join a 6-month skill development program. The program - dubbed AppFactory - is a collaboration between the School of Science and Technology (SST) and Microsoft Skills4Afrika. The AppFactory is designed to be an engine for development of skilled talents, capable of responding industry needs and effectively contributing to the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem. The program is also expected to serve as a research and development lab for developing innovative ICT projects, and forming part of the digital transformation program for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Skills4Afrika Initiative is Microsoft’s business and market development engine in Africa launched in 2013, which aims to unlock and accelerate Africa’s potential as well as create technology not only for the continent, but for the world. The initiative focuses on world-class skills, access and innovation to empower people to turn great ideas into a reality, enhance livelihoods and accelerate Africa’s digital transformation.
The School of Science and Technology uses the program to further prepare for, and link its Information Systems and Technology (IST) and Applied Computer Technology students with industry, as well as increase their employability, by giving them the skills to break down business problems and design solutions for industry partners using cutting edge technology.
The proposed Centre for Informatics Research and Innovation (CIRI) is operated by the School of Science and Technology (SST) at USIU. SST faculty members will work and collaborate with graduate students, other universities, research institutes, and businesses in Kenya, Africa, as well as other local and international research centers in the area of Information Systems, Technologies and Applied Science Research. As a leading research hub in East Africa, CIRI aims to:
CIRI will work with industry with an aim to bring the market definition closer to technology development, by having each selected project worked on by a team that, in addition to the researchers, includes either an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist, or industrialist.
About SIMElab Africa
SIMElab Africa (Social Media Lab Africa) is a Social Media Consumption and Analytics Research Lab housed at USIU-Africa’s Freida Brown Innovation Center. SIMElab Africa offers a research and development environment to USIU-Africa faculty and students, civil society and corporate businesses, and policymakers in Kenya and beyond. SIMELab is jointly funded by USA Embassy in Nairobi and USIU-Africa.