Last week QA hosted the first ever Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship and ICT Conference, bringing together academics, researchers, support staff and selected scholars to explore recent research projects. The purpose of this conference was to build a strong community for our academics – sharing breakthroughs in research outputs and best practices.
Dr Craig Duckworth, Associate Dean for Research, and Dr Imani Kyaruzi, Researcher in Entrepreneurship, organised the conference – welcoming academics to the QA Birmingham office for a day of knowledge parting, contribution, and a breadth of globalized topical issues and contemporary case studies.
Our arrival reception was a great opportunity for attendees to network and gain a better understanding of the day’s events. After a warm welcome from Dr Craig Duckworth, and Dr Imani Kyaruzi, we began the guest presentations.
Our presentations topics included;
1. Incorporating differentiated learning in Higher Education
2. Student attitudes and trends towards utilising social media when seeking employment
3. Framework for evaluating fairness in the marketplace in the distribution of goods and services
-Dr. Virginia Mwangi
4. How AI is changing the business landscape, and how it can be used to gain competitive advantage
-Dr Ajmal Gharib
5. Competitive determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in Kenya and Tanzania
6. Student difficulties in mathematical learning due to anxiety, negative experiences and/or social views about their mathematically abilities
7. The dynamics of intra-university academic collaborations within the Higher Education Institutions using the 3Cs framework
-Dr Imani Silver Kyaruzi
The variety of subjects and opportunities to debate the given topics made for a thoroughly insightful day. During a panel discuss towards the end of the event, attendees expressed how great it was to learn about the various research methods, and the different ways that their peers critically analyse research data.
“Our first Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship and ICT Conference was a success. The quality of papers and engagement during Q & A were excellent! We would very much like to repeat this kind of experience – stay tuned for the next conference.” – Dr Imani Kyaruzi, Researcher in Entrepreneurship
Following a successful first Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship and ICT Conference, academics expressed their enthusiasm to have a platform for continued collaboration and knowledge sharing.
QA Birmingham Campus led by Beljeet Daffu, Deputy Dean of Business (Regions) consistently provides support for continuing professional development and research events, with more conferences planned for the near future. This will provide great opportunities to invite external academics to share their research insights.