Young Engineers and Scientists of Africa: Creating a Culture for Developing Future Leaders of Innovation

ID: 48515 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Ron Beyers and Seugnet Blignaut, North-West University, South Africa

Thursday, June 30 10:00-10:30 AM Location: Pavilion Ballroom C

No presider for this session.

Abstract: This paper is set in the context of human capital development (HCD) starting at school level. HCD should be focused on a long-term investment for the benefit of the individual as well as the country as a whole. This becomes problematic when the education system fails to develop youth to prosper in a knowledge economy. There is a link between science, education and innovation to develop a quality feeder stock for a national system of innovation. South Africa’s score card in term of global competitiveness is weak compared to other countries and long terms trends in education and innovation are declining at a time of social and economic reform. The Young Engineers and Scientists of Africa are used as a case study, as it focuses on creating a pipeline for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) to address issues of creativity and innovation.


Conference attendees are able to comment on papers, view the full text and slides, and attend live presentations. If you are an attendee, please login to get full access.