UKZN Academic Presents Paper at African Academic Diaspora Homecoming Event
UKZN’s Professor Vannie Naidoo presented a paper at the 2021 African Academic Diaspora Homecoming gathering which was held on a virtual platform.
The event - sponsored by the Pan African Heritage World, the African Association of Universities and the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo - attracted panelists, experts, researchers and stakeholders in Higher Education, government and business from all over the world.
A panelist in Session 1 which focused on Strengthening Higher Education Management in Africa, Naidoo of UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance, presented a paper titled: Repositioning African Entrepreneurial Education to Keep Abreast of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Said Naidoo: ‘Africa is a vibrant and dynamic continent. To remain sustainable and take care of its people, the continent needs sustainable opportunities that drive its economic independence and wellbeing.
‘Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important contributors to a country’s GDP and have great potential for growth on the African continent. This makes the area of small business and entrepreneurship an essential and highly lucrative sector of the African economy that needs continued development to ensure its future sustainability.
‘To overcome poverty in Africa, SMEs need more structure and Higher Education significance as well as academic programmes in Higher Education that work well with assessing and addressing labour market needs, COVID-19 and advancements in technologies that drive the enterprises’ future sustainability.’