MUBAS Innovation Lab excites UNDP

The United Nations Development Project (UNDP) says it is delighted with the innovation lab which is at the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), saying it will help in boosting innovation and industrialization in the country.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting for MUBAS innovation POD in Lilongwe on Friday, UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Shigeki Komatsubara, said the project has come at a right time for Malawi as she is currently carrying through the Malawi Implantation Plan for 10 years (MPI-1), in which its core places science, technology, innovation and industrialization as the bedrock for development.

He said through the project, UNDP is reconstructing and equipping the current design studios and innovation Hub at MUBAS, to make unified state-of-the-art space for ideation, designs, testing, entrepreneurship and learning.

Komatsubara said this will help local innovations to grow into mature solutions for helping Malawi achieve national strategic goals and global sustainable development goals.

Komatsubara: The Project has come at a right time

"The innovation would serve as a feeder or conduit of talent and brilliant ideas that have been refined and honed to original Timbuktoo hubs where they will be further matured into investable Pan-African oriented start-ups," said Komatsubara. 

He further said that using the Labs as resource for student learning, the University has been responding to market demand, for example, by developing and supplying hand sanitizers, face shields, in reaction to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Komatsubara further called for concerted efforts from different players in supporting the Innovation Pod so that it makes a significant contribution towards making Malawi an industrialized, inclusively worthy and self-reliant nation by 2063.

In her remarks, MUBAS Vice Chancellor, Nancy Chitera, commended UNDP for the innovation lab, saying it has played a crucial role in the activities of innovation by facilitating the formation of the coordinating team, which comprises of public universities and other key stakeholders.

"This has come for us to come up with solutions that will contribute wealth in an inclusive manner, and be a self-reliant nation, creating decent jobs and entrepreneurial opportunity by our youths," said Chitera.

She further indicated the gaps which were there before the LAB saying they were failing to produce more innovation outcomes, due to lack of good materials.

“Let me assure you that through this projects we will solve challenges the nation has been facing and hence moving towards creation of a self-reliant nation as we create jobs for youths,” she said.

She also added that the project through the design studio and the innovation lab has already produced a number of innovations which can be dated from 2017.