University of Lomé: pole of innovation and technology in the field of erection

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At the University of Lomé (UL), work on the establishment of the University Center for Innovation and Technology (PUIT) began on Wednesday. The first pickaxe was handed over by the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Prof. Majesty Ihou Wateba and his colleague Prof. Komla Dodzi Kokoroko, who is in charge of primary, secondary, technical and vocational education, in addition the president of UL.

The PUIT construction project was started in order to compensate for the lack of infrastructure adapted to the rapid technological development and the great progress of the teaching structures in recent years. This represents an obstacle to the possibility of offering quality education in Togo.

The creation of the pole falls under Axis 1, Title 2, Project 10 of the Government Plan. It deals with improving the quality of education through the development and implementation of a plan for improving the quality of the content of education and improving the preparation, recruitment and equipment of teachers. PUIT is also part of axis 3, title 8, reform 4 of strengthening support mechanisms for SMEs.

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The works are valued at a total price of $1,560,662. UNDP is disbursing USD 1,340,662 for this project and the University of Lomé is contributing USD 220,000. Ultimately, it will provide a solution to the missing infrastructure. The University Center for Innovation and Technology will also support the employability of young Tožans in the country’s economy and respond to national and subregional needs.

Ambitions of the University of Lomé with PUIT

PUIT is part of a series of initiatives within the University of Lomé, such as the Polytechnic School of Lomé (EPL).

President of the companyUniversity of LomaDodzi Kokoroko emphasized that this partnership makes it possible to avoid “being hostages, victims and prisoners of a university that trains today and tomorrow for the crafts of yesterday”.

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Several missions are assigned to the university’s innovation and technology pole in Lomé. These include supporting young entrepreneurs facing technical difficulties by putting university expertise to work for business and economic development; promote research as a problem-solving tool; raise awareness, promote and support student entrepreneurship; stimulate and support 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 matter of developing partnership relations with the business world through training, innovative research and the dissemination of business culture; contribute to the connection and development of contracts between public bodies, institutes or private companies for which the University’s skills and resources will be mobilized.


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