Posted by: APO | 30 January 2014

Edinburgh Business School Celebrates Success of African Graduates

Edinburgh Business School Celebrates Success of African Graduates

The event will see 200 graduates from across the continent gather in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, January 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ On the 8th February, Edinburgh Business School ( will mark the achievements of its long-standing presence in Africa with a celebration event for graduates. The event will see 200 graduates from across the continent gather in Johannesburg. Edinburgh Business School has been offering executive education in Africa since 1990 and currently has 3760 students with a further 2000 alumni from its MBA programme.


The event will also celebrate the first 23 graduates from the African Scholarship programme launched and funded by Edinburgh Business School in 2010. The scholarship scheme is the largest of its kind; offering 250 people in Africa a fully-funded place on the Edinburgh Business School distance learning MBA (Master of Business Administration) programme.

The scholarship programme, which was established in 2010 by Edinburgh Business School, has enabled applicants from across Africa to gain access to advanced management skills and expertise, helping them to effect change in their organisations and communities. The flexibility of the distance learning MBA has also enabled students to continue working while they learn, implementing their new knowledge and skills in the workplace immediately.

Professor Keith Lumsden, Academic Director of Edinburgh Business School, the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University, comments on the school’s presence in Africa and scholarship scheme:

“Edinburgh Business School has been active in Africa for over 20 years and to celebrate this long standing relationship, we established The Africa Scholarship Programme in 2010. We are very proud to recognise and celebrate all of our graduates today.  They emerge equipped with skills that will enhance not only their own lives but also the wider communities around them.  All of the people we are recognising at today’s event have worked hard to secure their MBA’s and will no doubt go on to achieve great things”.

Graduating student Simon Peter Kavuma from Uganda comments on the opportunity and the impact the MBA and The African Scholarship Programme has had on his life:

“Receiving the scholarship was a life changing event, and it’s difficult to see how I would have studied for the MBA without it. My MBA studies have led to career progression and possibilities that would have been impossible without it”.

Recently appointed Deputy Chief Finance Office at Citbank Uganda, Simon believes that the MBA was an important factor in securing the new position.

Graça Machel, leading educationalist and wife of the late Nelson Mandela, comments on the scholarship programme:

“Scholarship programmes offer a wonderful opportunity for students from all over Africa to learn, gain and share invaluable technical, managerial and leadership skills, as well as obtain recognised qualifications. These skills are vital in our future leaders. I hope that as the Edinburgh Business School scholars graduate, they will continue to develop leadership which promote the conditions for the full exercise of citizen’s rights

including equity and dignity for all”.

In order to apply for a place on the MBA programme, students must be a national or resident in a sub-Saharan African country, have a university degree and at least two years of full time work experience.  You can find out more here

For further details and guidance on how to apply to The African Scholarship Programme please visit

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Edinburgh Business School.

Contact Details

For further information about the Edinburgh Business School African Scholarship Programme please contact Emma Cutting or Robert Crosland at Communications Management: 01727 733886 01727 737988

Notes to Editors

•          The ‘Celebration of Achievement Awards’ will be held on Saturday 8th February in Johannesburg. The event will be hosted by Professor Keith Lumsden, Academic Director, and Alick Kitchin Business Director of Edinburgh Business School.

•          The first African Scholarship Programme graduates are from 6 countries: Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, Mauritius, Kenya and Zambia.

Case studies are available for the following graduates:

Erimon Maundu from Zimbabwe completed the MBA in June 2013 and works as Investigations Specialist at Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

Errol Hove from Zimbabwe completed the MBA in June 2013 and now works as Chief Accountant at Zimasco Private Ltd.

Fazhil Kyeyune Mwesigwa from Uganda completed the MBA in June 2013 and works as Audit Senior Associate at KPMG.

Joseph Isiko from Uganda completed the MBA in June 2013 and was promoted to Manager Audit at KPMG shortly after finishing.

Moses Nsiima from Uganda joined Diamond Trust Bank as Head of Compliance shortly before completing the MBA in March 2013.

Sangwani Mwafulirwa from Malawi completed the MBA in June 2013 and is currently the Director of Media and Public Relations at the Malawi Electoral Commission.

Simon Peter Kavuma from Uganda completed the MBA in December 2012 which helped him secure his current position as Deputy Chief Finance Officer at Citibank Uganda.

Varinka Tandrayen from Mauritius completed the MBA in August 2013 and secured her current position as Manager (Quality Unit, Administration and Enterprise Risk Cluster) at the Financial Services Commission in Mauritius halfway through the programme.

Webster Tembo from Zambia completed the MBA in June 2013 and joined Lafarge Cement PLC as Improvements Engineer midway through the programme.

Willie Ganda from Zimbabwe completed the MBA in December 2012 which enabled him to secure his current position as Director of Research Development and Innovation at the Ministry of Science and Technology Development in Zimbabwe.

Moses Mfune from Zambia completed the MBA in June 2013 which played a significant role in his decision to found customs broking firm Nogza Enterprises.

•          Edinburgh Business School, the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University, launched in Africa in 1990 and now has 3760 active students and 2000 alumni across the continent. For more information see

•          In order to eligible for the scholarship you must:

o          be a national of and ordinarily resident in a sub-Saharan African country

o          be able to say how the MBA will benefit you  and your  community

o          have a first degree from a recognised university or an a professional qualification such as ACCA

o          be at least 25 years old and not older than 45 years old at the time of starting the programme

o          have at least 2 year’s full-time work experience

o          have an operational Internet connection

•          For general information about the school and its activities see


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