Origin Research & Innovation Labs

Origin Research & Innovation Lab Physical Hub of East Africa takes off following the signing of an MoU between UNECA and DeKUT for the latter to host the Hub


Prof. Peter Ng'ang'a Muchiri, Vice-chancellor for DeKUT, and Mr Antonio Pedro, Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa

October 10, 2023

DeKUT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa (UNECA) to host the Origin Research and Innovations Labs Physical Hub of East Africa. 

The agreement signed by Prof. Peter Ng'ang'a Muchiri, Vice-chancellor for DeKUT, and Mr Antonio Pedro, Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa, provides a framework for DeKUT to host and develop the Origin Research and Innovations Labs Physical Hub of East Africa. Following the signing, which took place at the beginning of the Second Forum of the Alliance of Entrepreneurial Universities in Africa (AEUA), Dr. Victor Konde, Scientific Affairs Officer at UNECA, elaborated on the concept of Origin Research and Innovation Labs (called the Origin) and indicated that ECA will establish four physical hubs, one in each of four other regions: South Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, and North Africa. Prof. Paul Ndirangu Kioni, former VC of DeKUT who is currently championing this initiative, gave a status report on the development of the Physical Hub of East Africa, including the origin website, which is now live at https://originlabsafrica.org/