IITE Institute made its debut in 2019. IITE Institute was selected as one of ﬁve success stories of the African Business Education (ABE) Initiative that was presented during the seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD 7) on August 28 – 30, 2019, the biggest international conference in Japan. The other four success stories came from Kenya, Egypt, Uganda, and Togo.
The ABE Initiative is a strategic ﬁve-year plan providing 1,000 youths in Africa with opportunities to study for a master’s degree at Japanese universities and experience internships at Japanese companies.
Therefore, since IITE Institute is an inspiration from Japan and is being led by a beneﬁciary of the ABE Initiative, the vision and methodology of the institute was deemed to be an effective intervention approach in contributing to Somalia’s recovery process; hence a success story to be presented to TICAD 7 attendees in August 28, 2019.
The story of IITE Institute was presented in the presence of the Japanese foreign ministry, members from the Japanese parliament, senior Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA), professors from top Japanese universities, high-level delegates from African governments including the Minister of Higher Education and Scientiﬁc Research of Egypt, and former and current students of the ABE Initiative program.
We couldn’t ask for a better 2019. May 2020 bring more blessings to us!