E-learning of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship in the Global Higher Education in Africa

Updated: Mar 4

E-learning of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship in the Global Higher Education in Africa during the Pandemic Era

Professor Richard Li-Hua

Many thanks for the large audience in participating EICC Webinar and our distinguished speakers: Ms Elsie Ngowo-Effange-Mbella, Minister Plenipotentiary of Foreign Affairs, Cameroon, Ms Pinar Akkaya, Founder and Managing Director, Signature Communication, UK and Dr Ridha Rejeb who will share their new perspectives on 25th February for

EICC Global Innovation Webinar in 2022 with a focus of E-learning in Africa.

The 21st century is an era of reflection, reconfiguration and re-consideration, an era which calls for great wisdom and great strategy, inclusiveness, to have an open-mind and to be forward-looking. I wrote this in 2016 at UN Chronical when I published my article China Embracing Innovation Leads to the Future. In fact, this statement today during the pandemic is more relevant than ever. My short note will cover and answer the following fundamental questions: Firstly, what is ELITE? What is the relation between ELITE and E-learning in Africa? Secondly, why a favorite topic of international technology transfer in the 80’s last century is re-mentioned now? Thirdly, what can we do about it during the pandemic? What is the instrument? Furthermore, what are action points?

What is ELITE?

ELITE is an acronym of E-Learning of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. I presented a Working Paper entitled as ELITE O2O Initiative in Creating an Innovative and Entrepreneurial University in the Global Higher Education in the Ministry of Education (MoE) Conference, Wenzhou, China, 2016. With the outbreak of COVID-19, I strongly felt an opportunity to launch the O2O innovation university. Clearly the pandemic accelerates the distance learning and online delivery but not the essential cause of online learning.

It was during the COVID-19 pandemic that ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC) was consolidated and re-created. Still, its history can be traced back to 2006, when a group of outstanding management scholars launched CAMOT[1] during IAMOT [2]International Conference in Tsinghua University. The four colleges: Innovation College, Technology College, Entrepreneurship College and Global Leadership College that we have established based upon the 15 years of accumulation of global academic resources provide an academic arm of EICC and extra liberal arts curriculum to our degree and non-degree programmes and qualifications that we deliver for the enhancement of student journey which delivers alongside our degree awarding power universities.

We are privileged to be a strategic partner of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). Over a decade, we have been successfully organizing international conferences and forums with global universities, including Tsinghua University (CAMOT Conference 2014 Beijing) and University of Cambridge (CAMOT Conference 2016 Cambridge) and University of Law (University President Forum 2021 London) with university presidents, vice chancellors, deans, experts, scholars, government officials and doctoral candidates in the field of higher education participated in the events.