One of Nigeria’s first generation universities, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria is set to host the 4th Edition of Education Network Conference -EduNet 2014. The conference would be held at the university’s CT Centre and the Institute for Entrepreneurship Development Studies of Obafemi Awolowo University in Partnership with Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre (StarTAU), Israel.

The theme of this year’s event scheduled for May 20-22, 2014 is: “Fostering Technology Entrepreneurship in Nigerian Universities”

“We are happy to host this year’s EduNet Conference at the ICT Centre of the University,the idea of fostering Technology Entrepreneurship in Nigeria is key to economic development of the country. That is why our centre will be playing key roles in the conference” Prof Adeshola Aderounmu, director ICT centre of Obafemi Awolowo University, said.

Oren Simanian, founder, Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre said: “Our Entrepreneurship development centre in Tel Aviv University has contributed greatly to the development of the entrepreneurship and the Startup ecosystem in TelAviv,Israel and so we are happy to partner with Nigerian Institutions to help share ideas and develop the ecosystem in Nigeria bearing in mind the triangle of innovation around the world is held together by the cooperative endeavor of the Government, the academic community, and the Technology Industry.We see EduNet 2014 as a great platform to start off such discussions.”

“This year, having seen the need for Nigerian universities to lead in the development of technology entrepreneurship in Nigeria, the 4th edition of EduNet conference now has a new task hence the focus this year is on building Technology Entrepreneurship/incubation centres to foster entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

“In other to start off discussions around the building of these tech centres in Nigerian Universities, EduNet 2014 (hosted by the ICT centre and the Institute for Entrepreneurship Development studies of the ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife)will provide the platform for discussions with the Government, ICT directors of Nigerian Universities, Regulatory authorities of the Nigerian Universities, Funding/partnering organizations and the Technology industry in Nigeria in collaboration with Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre (StarTAU) Israel and the Israel Startup Network,” Kenneth Omeruo, coordinator, EduNet 2014 added.