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LC | New Business Developments in Africa

LC new business developments in Africa

Africa is the continent where business is developing rapidly. In several fields we see new and fast going developments (ICT applications, Agricultural field (seed breeding, irrigations, drone techniques for cultivating crops), Energy and the curse of natural resources). It is worth studying these developments in more detail and find out how this will work out. What will be specific for the African situation and what will be more universal. Besides the new business developments still questions of basic economic development are important. The contrast between fast moving industrial developments and the attempts to set up and start (industrial/economic) development will also be part of the focus in this Learning Community. What can we learn about this contrast and about the two developments in itself: Are there specific answers only for Africa?

In this block we want to focus on the energy sector on the African continent. There is an enormous demand for energy in local situations but there are also huge resources of oil and gas being found (Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique). With the participants of this block we want to come to more in-depth understanding of questions related to energy.

We will work on these questions and students have to do an African Experience Activity. You can choose from different kind of activities that will help you to come up with interesting elements for the answers.

For: FEB students from all programmes and levels
Lecturers involved: Dr. Bartjan W. Pennink
External business contacts involved: Industrial and NGO contacts related to new business (ICT applications, Local Economic Development related, Energy (gas)), the Makerere University in Uganda and the Institute of Finance Management in Tanzania

Main benefits

L earning outcomes:

  • Knowledge about high-tech business developments
  • Learning how to combine knowledge with experiences
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Have more knowledge on Africa

Skills covered:

  • Knowledge about entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge about how to apply ICT in business situations
  • Out of the box/open minded thinking
  • Experience with international markets and projects, specifically Africa
  • Writing skills


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You are welcome to attend an information session about this Learning Community on February 8th, at 16.00 h. in room 5411-0119. Dr. Bartjan Pennink is available for questions and will provide any other information you may need to decide whether to participate in this Learning Community.

If you have any questions or for more information, feel free to contact Marjan van Ittersum:

Laatst gewijzigd:14 februari 2018 12:38