Introducing Reverese Innovation Model in HEI in Tanzania (IRIS)

Academic Disciplines Business, library and information sciences
Project Budget € 381 260
Project Duration 1.3.2017 - 31.3.2020
Coordinating Institution Turku University of Applied Sciences
Contact Details Ritva Hyttinen, ritva.hyttinen@turkuamk.fi
Partner Institution(s) Tumaini Dar Es Salaam College (TUDARCo), Tanzania
Website iris.turkuamk.fi
Fact SheetIRIS_fact sheet.pdf

Description of the Project

The project IRIS is connected to the reverse innovation thinking which focuses on phenomena arising from local communities. Communities and companies are active agents in the society but traditionally they are not seen as learning environments. Higher education rather simulates frameworks instead of implementing learning into the real context. The aim of the project IRIS is not only to promote the innovation skills of the students but also encourage HEI members to network with working life, organizations and authorities so that learning is reciprocal and expansive experience.

The impact of the project IRIS is to increase the active role of TUDARCo in the society of Tanzania but in addition the mutual project will foster innovations at TUAS. Through the Innovative Pedagogy Model, the curriculum of TUDARCo achieves not only skills and knowledge to recognize the potential ideas but also competence to develop the ideas and to fulfil the need of the community. The local cultivation of the idea ensures reasonable costs and guarantees that comprehension of a product stays in the district.

The main focus is on concrete action where HEIs are agents to encourage micro-entrepreneurs to develop their business, promote their networking and draw them towards official library and information channels. Access to information is significant for development so library professionals are essential collaborators since they know the gates to information. Commonly, women micro-entrepreneurs are representatives of the huge informal sector in Tanzania, but their needs are on the margins even though the support of women increases the welfare of all community members. When a woman is able to develop her business and to increase the income of the family through communication with the HEI and she has an access to official information she will be visible, involved and equal members of the society.

Key Results to be Achieved

1. Improved quality of curricula in higher education

2. Improved business development thinking and learning outcome in higher education

3. Improved access to official information in higher education