Work to set up the University Center for Innovation and Technology (PUIT) was launched on Wednesday at the University of Lomé (UL). The first pickaxe was given by the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Prof Majesty Ihou Wateba and his colleague, Prof Komla Dodzi Kokoroko in charge of primary, secondary, technical and crafts education, moreover President of UL.
The construction project of the PUIT was initiated to compensate for the lack of infrastructure adapted to the rapid technological evolution and to the major advances of recent years within the teaching structures. This constitutes a brake on the possibility of offering a quality education in Togo.
The creation of the pole falls within the framework of axis 1, title 2, Project 10 of the government roadmap. It deals with the improvement of the quality of education through the development and implementation of a plan for upgrading educational content and improving the training, recruitment and equipment of teachers. The PUIT is also part of Axis 3, Title 8, Reform 4 of the strengthening of support mechanisms for VSMEs.
The works are valued at a total cost of $1,560,662 USD. UNDP is disbursing $1,340,662 USD for this project and the University of Lomé is contributing $220,000 USD. Ultimately, it will provide a solution to the lack of infrastructure. The University Center for Innovation and Technology will also promote the employability of young Togolese in the country’s economy and respond to national and sub-regional needs.
The ambitions of the University of Lomé with the PUIT
The PUIT is part of a series of initiatives within the University of Lomé like the Polytechnic School of Lomé (EPL).
The president of theUniversity of LomeDodzi Kokoroko underlined that this partnership makes it possible to avoid “being hostages, victims and prisoners of a university which trains today and tomorrow for the trades of yesterday”.
Several missions are assigned to the University Pole of Innovation and Technology of Lomé. These include supporting young entrepreneurs encountering technical difficulties by putting university expertise at the service of entrepreneurship and economic development; promote research as a problem-solving tool; raise awareness, promote and support student entrepreneurship; stimulate and promote business creation by promoting research results.
UL also intends to contribute to the production, development and marketing of goods or services in the economic, scientific, technological and cultural fields. It is also a question of developing partnership relations with the business world through training, innovative research and the dissemination of entrepreneurial culture; to contribute to the linking and development of contracts between public authorities, institutes or private companies for which the skills and resources of the university will be mobilized.