The Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika at UCT in partnership with Ashesi University and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, American University in Cairo’s Center for Learning and Teaching in Egypt, and the University of Nairobi, Department of Art and Design in Kenya are inviting students who are under the age of 35 from these specific institutions to apply for this exciting, interactive, and unique online programme in Design Thinking. Participate in a competitive, trans-African challenge and gain exposure to real-world problems, advancing the critical thinking skills that are so desperately needed in solving the problems of our world today.
This gives students the opportunity to work within diverse African teams, sharing knowledge and learning from and with each other on real-world challenges alongside key industry partners of the Hasso Plattner Foundation.
Design thinking exposes and directly builds the capabilities of students in what the World Economic Forum terms the Four C’s, i.e. Critical thinking; Creativity; Communication; and Collaboration. This ‘tacit knowledge’ is being recognised as the key missing ingredient across the board in potential employees navigating the new job market. The world is constantly changing, and the design thinking mindset is to find ways to collaboratively navigate this turbulent, yet exciting, new terrain in new human-centered, and innovative ways.
As part of the programme, the project partner announced for this year’s event is the UN Global Compact, a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General which provides a framework for developing a more sustainable and responsible business. Today, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world. Over 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 60 local networks are involved. The UN Global Compact acts as a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies to ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Their mission mobilizes a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. With direct access to authoritative guidance, training, tools and support, along with global reach and multi-stakeholder connections, the initiative enables businesses to achieve their sustainability objectives.