The Technology Park concept was conceived at The MMU Mbagathi Campus to enhance Research and Innovation, as is evidenced by the naming of the two buildings whose pictures are in Fig 1 and Fig 2.
A technology park is a green with a collection of buildings dedicated to scientific research on a business footing. It therefore marries academia, government and industry.
The world's first university research park started in the early 1950's near Stanford University, and foreshadowed the community known today as The Silicon Valley. Another early university research park was, and is, The Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
In such parks, cross fertilization of different ways of creative and critical thinking lead to innovation. Ideas are put together, leading to incubation of prototypes to be patented and rolled out to industry for mass production.
Today, university research and science parks are found all over the world, but are mostly concentrated in developed countries; over 140 are found in North America alone.
Science and Technology Parks (STPs) are encouraged by governments, in order to fuse university research into tangible products for industry and thus produce â€œthe triple helixâ€.
Wherever they are, new companies sprout, their tax bases are expanded and employment opportunities to citizens created. Land and other taxes are usually waived off or reduced along a number of years, in order to attract new companies, called tenants.
The role of STPs in development is evident in their large presence not only in the USA, China and Europe but also in the Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs). Notable among these are India, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Brazil. Note that in Africa, it is only Botswana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa who are members of the IASP.
Since we are an ICT Centre of Excellence, MMU TechnoPark will strongly link with the Konza ICT Hub whose layout (first picture) for enhancement of The Vision 2030.
Develop technology and nurture innovations for incubation of prototypes for start-up companies in relevant areas, focusing into The Vision 2030 and beyond.
- Mobilization of funds from The Kenyan Government and Industries to develop the MMU Technology Park.
- iEnhance Research and Development (R&D) in Technology by directly engaging both students, lecturers and industrialists.
- Market research findings and innovation products.
- Link with other local, regional and international STPs through IASP.
- Promote Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) for integration of Knowledge.
- Ensure and facilitate the registration and protection of Intellectual Property Rights of prototypes and other products.
The Park will initially achieve its strategic objectives through provision of accommodation of research and industrial activities that will benefit from incubation processes in focal areas such as:
- Digitization of the electronics industries
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) eg. Industrial and Educational Software Development
- Multimedia Technologies and Products eg. Animation.
- Alternative power supply sources.
- Packaging of electronic sub-systems.
Prof. Robert Jallanâ€™go Akello, PhD Director,
Industrial Park & Incubation Centre (IPIC)