August 17, 2023

In July, the University of Maribor was visited by a delegation within the framework of the GIZ DTC SKIIVE project, with the aim of acquiring knowledge and analysis of digital innovation hubs (DIHs), which focus on the sectors of Agriculture, Energy and ICT. The delegation consisted of representatives of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), SKIIVE (Strengthening Kenyan Intermediaries and Innovation Ecosystem), the Ministry of ICT of Kenya and the ACTS consortium.

With the desire to establish an efficient and self-sufficient green DIH in Kenya, the delegation initially visited us at the headquarters of the DIH UM, the rectorate of the University of Maribor, where we, as the coordinator of the European Digital Innovation Hub DIGI-SI (EDIH DIGI-SI), presented them with the process of establishing , planning and operation of the hub. Head of DIH UM and EDIH DIGI-SI, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhamed Turkanović, thus presented the most important factors of the operation of this type of entity. After that, during the presentation of our guests, we looked for common points and opportunities for cooperation. EDIH DIGI-SI partner, Innovation Technology Cluster Murska Sobota, presented its organization and DIH Agrifood, as well as the AfriConEu project, aimed at networking European and African DIHs.

The delegation also visited the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Maribor and listened to the presentation of relevant projects connected to Africa.

Our guests then saw the largest and most powerful Slovenian supercomputer HPC Vega at IZUM, where they got an insight into its power and operation.

The visit turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for networking and cooperation in many areas of interest.