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13 Oct 2015 14:25
The South African Technology Network 8th Annual Conference, hosted at VUT
Excitement is mounting at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) as it eagerly prepares to host the South African
Technology Network (SATN) 8th Annual Conference from October 19 to
The University’s Southern Gauteng Science
and Technology Park in Sebokeng will serve as the venue for the prestigious
event which brings together academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, policymakers
and practitioners from around the world to share their expertise on the theme: “Entrepreneurship
Education for Economic Renewal”.
Global trends also indicate that Science
Parks are contributing towards the economy as the research stemming from these
entities is becoming increasingly influential in the creation of small, micro
and medium-size enterprises (SMMEs), especially at local and regional levels.
Raising the profile of the university through the establishment of the VUT
Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park as an agent of change enhances and
promotes technological economic development in the region; it supports industry
and the community with technology that will back up innovation and link their
Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe
Zulu is the keynote speaker, and special guest panel discussions and breakaway
sessions will address the important issue of mainstreaming entrepreneurship
development within tertiary education institutions.
The Science Park is abuzz with activity and
regular planning meetings are in progress as sponsors, dignitaries, captains of
industry and community leaders add their final touches in preparation of a
Numerous students, entrepreneurs, co-operatives and SMMEs are
busy assembling their product exhibitions.
Vice-chancellor and principal of VUT
Professor Irene Moutlana said: “For VUT it’s not just celebrating the
opportunity to host the SATN Conference but also to launch and lay claim to its
very own Science Park. This is the heartbeat of where all our production is
done and relevant market research is undertaken. The Science Park will serve as
our new business model. Unlike other universities, VUT is located right on the
boundary of all the surrounding townships. This offers us the opportunity to
take up the [local people’s] ideas, convert and develop them into tangible
products and commercialise them for the community. This is the value chain of
an entrepreneurial university.”
Topics of discussion at the conference will
include Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Business, with the aim of
purposefully promoting and embedding attributes of entrepreneurial thinking and
Presentation of papers will be held during
the parallel sessions. Here, delegates will be spoilt for choice with a number
Fun activities during the conference
include a boat cruise and a formal dinner with entertainment from renowned
South African artist Wesley and the VUT choir.
The event has garnered a lot of interest
from the South African universities of technology, government departments,
industry, local entrepreneurs and external academics.
We look forward to hosting the event and
believe it will be an enriching experience that will enhance the lives of all
those in attendance.
More details at www.satnconference.co.za
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