Posted by: APO | 19 May 2008

Management Faculty Training Program Builds Pan-African Capacity and Networks


Management Faculty Training Program Builds Pan-African Capacity and Networks

 

Monday 18 May 2008: Nairobi, Kenya The fourth Africa-wide workshop for African management and business school faculty focused on participant-centered and practice-based teaching methods is taking place this week USIU in Nairobi. The Teaching the Practice of Management Programme was designed by faculty from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) of South Africa and Lagos Business School (LBS) of Nigeria with the involvement of leading international business schools including Harvard Business School, IESE, and Columbia Business School to address the changing needs of teachers of management for Africa’s new generation of business and community leaders.

 

The workshop is one of several initiatives through which the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) promotes excellence in business and management education in Africa by supporting graduate business schools through capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement.

 

“This program enables us to bring together sixty faculty from sixteen business schools from ten countries across the African continent to work together in developing practice-based teaching skills. This is critical for enhancing the capabilities of African business schools and better connecting them to the business community” said Erasmus Kaijage, Chairman of AABS.

 

The program focuses on introducing into African management education curricula practice-based teaching and learning methods, often involving classroom discussion of case studies, which are used in many leading international business schools. “The term “practice-based” encompasses discussion, participant-centered, and case teaching methods to emphasize the objective of exposing students to the practice of management in the classroom,” said Nick Binedell, Director, Gordon Institute of Business Science.

“This approach enables students to develop judgment and problem-solving skills by wrestling with management decision-making through the use of case studies and class discussions.”

 

The program, a one-week intensive course, is designed for faculty from business schools in Africa that are committed to incorporating discussion and practice-based teaching into their curriculum and for faculty members who will play major roles in leading curriculum development in their schools over the next decade. The program began with a one day meeting of the board of AABS at Strathmore Business School, followed by a deans and directors meeting of the AABS member schools at USIU business School.

 

Mugo Kibati, CEO of East Africa Cables, was guest speaker at the launch dinner held on the 17th May. He spoke about Economic Prospects for East Africa to Eighty deans and directors of AABS business schools and Kenyan business leaders. The dinner was funded by Kenya Commercial Bank.

The Association of African Business Schools (AABS) was formally established in Lagos in October 2005 and was registered as a Non Profit Organisation in September 2007. The Association supports graduate business schools through capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement programmes. Its programmes build effective business schools in order to improve the practice of management in African organisations and to enhance the relevance and contribution of business schools to policy debate on African development research and policy development.

 

AABS are committed to increase significantly the contribution that business schools make to the economic and general development in the African continent.


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