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A Perspective on the GSERM Program

 width=My name is Albert Ochien’g Abang’a. I am a doctoral fellow at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi Kenya, undertaking a study on how corporate governance (CG) is fostered in Kenya’s public sector. The focus of my study is on compliance requirements and factors that influence the quality of CG disclosures provided by public entities. I also teach various accounting units to undergraduate students at Strathmore University.

Getting a scholarship to study empirical research methods is certainly an important step for a PhD student. This is particularly essential for a student who comes from Africa where the advanced skills required for one to compete at a global level in research is still at an emergent stage. The unique opportunity I was accorded by The Global School of Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) Scholarship at the University of St. Gallen was incredible.

I was in St. Gallen for two courses. One of the courses provided a comprehensive introduction to Regression 1 and was taught by Prof. Tim McDaniel. I was amazed by how Prof. McDaniel made complex concepts appear simple. I was also enthralled by his style of content delivery. The second course was an introduction to Structural Equation Models by Prof. Baer Douglas. I particularly enjoyed the computer lab sessions in the afternoons and had an incredible experience learning from such an accomplished Professor. Prof. Douglas was well organised, and his learning manual will be a lifelong reference through my PhD studies and beyond.

The GSERM program opened my eyes to world class research skills and knowledge. It was an experience beyond my expectations that really broadened my academic and professional networks and outlooks.Albert Ochien’g Abang’a

The school administrators and professors were all extremely supportive. I particularly applaud Dr. Knopf, Hans Joachim together with his able team comprising of Sandra Thalmann, and Fabienne Ritter Moers, who constantly ensured that classes and social events ran smoothly.

Switzerland was my home for 2 weeks. I made new friends, enjoyed fantastic food, and gained invaluable knowledge. I also enjoyed the Swiss way of life and was particularly thrilled by the famous and delicious Swiss cheese accompanied by fine wine at social events.

I believe I became a better person professionally and achieved my goals of enriching my knowledge and experience in empirical research methods, for which I am thankful.

Albert Ochien’g Abang’a is a doctoral fellow at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya