The Interuniversity Consortium of University Management (CIGU) presents the virtual platform Technipedia

On Tuesday, February 28, was presented at the University of Yaounde I (UYI), Cameroon, the virtual platform Technipedia, one of the results from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa Program, driven by the Interuniversity Consortium Management University (CIGU) formed by the public universities of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and five universities in sub-Saharan Africa. The development platform Technipedia has been led from the African side, by the University of Yaounde I, and from the Catalan side, by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Universitat de Lleida (UdL) and the la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). The project has been supported by the Spanish Agency for Cooperation in Development (AECI), “la Caixa” Social Foundation and the Universitat de Lleida (UdL).

The public presentation of the virtual platform Technipedia was chaired by Cameroon's Minister of Higher Education, Jacques Fame Ndongo, the Spanish Ambassador to Cameroon, Arturo Spiegelberg de Ortueta, the chancellor of the University of Yaounde I, Oumarou Bouba, and the president of the ACUP, Francis X. Grau. Other personalities of the social, political and economic Cameroon as well as representatives of member universities of the CIGU Consortium attended also to the presentation.

Technipedia is a virtual platform that aims to strengthen the economy of African countries by improving knowledge transfer between universities and businesses, encouraging entrepreneurship, innovation and entrepreneurship among young Africans. The platform will offer its technological and economic information, accompanied by examples of good practices to help strengthen the technological culture, to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and encourage the creation of innovative companies. In addition, the platform will facilitate the exchange of information among entrepreneurs in order to connect them. The platform will also contribute directly to the densification of the network of small and medium companies and serve as background information for anyone whose creative potential can be used to develop his own project using facts, analysis, among others.

The Interuniversity Consortium of University Management (CIGU) that has driven Technipedia was created under the University Cooperation Program with Africa. The Program carries out different projects focused on university cooperation aimed to build bridges of long-term collaboration between the Catalan universities and African universities in order to strengthen these capabilities in the areas of training, research and knowledge transfer. Catalan universities that are part of the Consortium are members of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (Universitat de Barcelona (UB); Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB); Universitat Politècnica de Cataluña (UPC); Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF ); Universitat de Girona (UdG); Universitat de Lleida (UdL); Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV); Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). African universities in the Consortium are the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar), the University Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), National University of Equatorial Guinea (Guinea) and the University of Yaounde I (Cameroon).