UCT Graduate School of Business brings African Context to Global Sustainability Conversation

Business Education

An international sustainability project that is co-hosted by the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, Canada has won a significant global award – recognising its impact in the world of business. The Embedding Project, a global public-benefit research project that helps companies embed social and environmental factors across their operations and decision-making, was presented with the International Impactful Collaboration Award by the Academy of Management at its Annual General Meeting in August. The prestigious award recognises and celebrates international collaborations between academics and external stakeholders that have achieved demonstrable, external … Read More

Reflections from MDI 2018: Solving Africa’s Health Challenges

Business Education, News from GBSN

As part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN members have committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030.  How will African countries reach this goal? Johnson & Johnson’s Management Development Institute (MDI) believes that by providing health workers with the management and leadership skills and tools, the efficiency and effectiveness with which scarce resources are used will improve thus strengthening overall health systems. The MDI for East African healthcare professionals took place August 5-11, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.  The training is delivered by Amref Health Africa using professors from GBSN member schools including the Chandaria School of Business at … Read More

Top 10 Business Schools in Africa

Business Education, GBSN Member Schools

The business sector in Africa has improved significantly over the course of time and universities throughout the continent have continued to expand and have more opportunities to students. The African Exponent, a reliable online outlet for African news and in depth analysis of developments in business, finance, markets, politics, culture, science and technology, recently ranked top 10 business schools in Africa. Some of the top 10 best business schools in Africa offer full-time MBA courses, international opportunities, and a variety of undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. programs in various business-related fields. GBSN is proud to have 6 of the 10 best … Read More

Delivering Locally Relevant Management Training to Healthcare Workers in Africa

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“The Lord has a perfect filing system,” the professor said. “Nothing stays forever, we come in, and we go out when it is time.” Fifty healthcare professionals from across West Africa nodded in agreement. On the screen behind him was a picture of an overfilled file room at a West African health clinic stuffed with a mess of patient folders. The professor used this opening to explain how efficient filing systems can be designed to ensure information is kept relevant and organized, and systematically discarded when outdated or unlikely to be of use any further. This isn’t how I would … Read More

Greetings from Guy: Addressing the Management Skills Gap in Africa

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The existence of two organizations illustrates what is wrong with too many academic programs around the world and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa: the National Association of Unemployed Graduates in Nigeria and the Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana. Such shortcomings can be found also in management education. In July GBSN partnered with the Center for Global Enterprise – created by Sam Palmisano, former CEO and Chairman of IBM – to convene a group of experts at IESE Business School’s campus in New York City to bring their knowledge to the table about the Management Skills Gap in Africa. The round table … Read More

Ashesi University College Ambitiously Aims to Educate Ethical Leaders in Africa

Business Education

Ashesi University College has one ambitious mission for its students: ethical leadership. The institution’s curriculum focuses on applying ethical models and gender inclusion into the African workforce. The private liberal arts college in Ghana’s Eastern region uses their continental and global position as motivation to educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa, which remains to be a constant struggle within the region. The institution established Africa’s 1st ever institutional honor code. Ashesi’s reputation is one that raises the bar for higher education and leadership training in Africa. As the African continent remains that with the lowest … Read More

Greetings from Guy: An African Success Story

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I invite you to join me in celebrating a great African success story. Its central character, Mame Yauto Faye was recently awarded a prestigious Berkeley’s Oasis Award as one of three “women who are changing the Sahel.” The other protagonists are Amadou Diaw, Founder and President of Senegal’s Institut Supérieur de Management (ISM), Eric Guichard, Founder and CEO of GRAVITAS Capital, Michiel Leenders and Louise Mauffette formerly of Canada’s Ivey Business School; Lluis Renart of Barcelona’s IESE Business School; and last but not least, Conrad Person, Michael Bzdak and Rene Kiamba of Johnson&Johnson (J&J), the champions of that company’s Management … Read More

Member Spotlight: AUN Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

GBSN Member Schools

This blog was written by Ahmad Hosseini, Dean of American University of Nigeria School of Business and Economics. He reflects on his experience participating in the AUN Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.  In this five days of event I had extraordinary opportunity to meet and work with about 200 young high school students from seven different high school in the Yola area who attended our Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. I saw the energy and optimism that these kids brought to our boot camp. The last day of the boot camp was the day when students met the investors and pitch for their … Read More

The Rising Entrepreneurial Spirit in Young Africa

Business Education

In Walter Baets’ article, “What Young Africans want from Business Education Programmes,” he emphasizes the rising demand for “shorter, more modular business courses” that are more flexible and hands-on than the courses offered in the pursuance of the MBA. The Association of African Business Schools (AABS) recently revealed a growing interest by sub-Saharan youth in programs that are different from the run-of-the-mill business degree. Although the interest in an MBA is at recent highs in some nations, for example, Europe, the need in Africa for entrepreneurship is driving youth away from the traditional model for many reasons. They desire entrepreneurial … Read More