By Tamara Nyirenda, Research Assistant, Innovation Scholar Programme
The Industrial Research Centre (IRC) at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), in its quest to contribute to the University Strategic Plan, has initiated the MUST Innovation Lab which has now rolled out.
According to the first call for the MUST Innovation Launch Lab, the initiative aims at retaining some of the graduating students to undertake specialised mentorship programme to advance their innovation.
IRC head, Dr David Mkwambisi outlined the process for qualification, which involves submission of a three minute video by individual students or a group where the innovation will be described.
“On top of describing the innovation, we expect applicants to also tell us the impact of their innovation on economic development. After submission, the next step will be selection of the best innovative ideas which will be pitched to the public. The selected innovations will join the Innovation Launch Lab as Intern Innovators,” said Dr Mkwambisi.
He added that the initiative is a pathway for linking the university to the industry as well as creating jobs in Malawi.
The initiative is linked to the MUST Innovation Scholar Programme (ISP) funded by the USAID and being implemented in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar).
Among others, MUST seeks to promote technology, innovation and entrepreneurship among students and staff and the Innovation Challenge is one of the many initiatives undertaken to realise this vision.