Discussions at the International Symposium on the Promotion of a Market-Oriented Knowledge Society

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Kinshasa, November 24th, 2021 (CPA) .- Academics from the provinces of the DRC, countries of Africa and Europe, discussed Tuesday at the hotel Béatrice in Kinshasa, around the panel « promotion of a knowledge society oriented towards markets ”, during the second day of the international conference organized, from 22 to 25 November 2021, by the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), in collaboration with the Academy of Research and Education higher (ARES / Belgium). Prof. Jan Bogaert from the University of Liège in Belgium (ULG), who focused his intervention on « capacity building and South-South dynamics as the common threads of future North-South academic cooperation », spoke of the need to rethink certain approaches and postures in academic cooperation, the roles of different actors, the analysis of current instruments and the critical reading of the principles. The objective of his intervention was to give an idiosyncratic vision on current practices in the world of academic cooperation and the opportunities and needs that could be defined for the near future. The speaker on the theme « promoting university spin-offs in Congolese university education and in the new paradigm of university development cooperation », Gaylor Kakenza Kitumba, said that university spin-offs are companies created in downstream of academic research to economically enhance the know-how and results of research. For him, the DRC must stimulate and promote in cooperation between Congolese universities and those of the North-South, the creation and development of spin-offs that will allow the mobilization of tangible resources, the organization and reorientation as well as the maintenance of the various instruments of scientific research.

 Indigenous knowledge as a lever for economic growth

Prof. Nathaniel Assam from the University of Douala in Cameroon, spoke, for his part, on « indigenous knowledge as a lever for economic growth in Africa: issues, methods and prospects, the case of Cameroon ». At a time when the debate on indigenous peoples takes a central place in the concert of nations, it is now important, according to him, to pose the problem of the role and the economic contributions that could result from policies for the protection and preservation of knowledge. millennia of which these groups are the custodians. “In a context where Africa tends to recognize indigenous peoples as a reality and a socio-political specificity rich in history, culture and identity, the global issues of participation of indigenous knowledge in the construction of an economic potential of the continent is posed to all the countries sheltering these indigenous communities and to all Africa ”, noted Pr Assam.

Training and research in management sciences

The theme of « training and research in management sciences at the service of Congolese society: an example of collaboration » was debated by professors Albert Corhay and Dédé Aliango from the University of Liège in Belgium. The communication of these two speakers, aimed on the one hand, to debate on the role of the two missions of the universities which are the teaching and the research, particularly in the fields of the sciences of management which constitute according to them, a factor of projects. for society and make universities a driving force behind the development of society as a whole. Opened Monday by the Minister of Higher and University Education (ESU), Muhindo Nzangi, this international symposium focuses on the main theme « University development cooperation in the face of COVID-19 ».