The ALUSB MBA Online Graduation Celebration

The ALUSB MBA Online Graduation Celebration

Graduating is a big accomplishment under any circumstances, but especially now, it is a true testament to resilience. The Class of 2020 has worked remarkably hard to get to this point and we are thrilled to celebrate with them and to cheer them on as they cross this final threshold!

The Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will be happening on Saturday, 7 November. The ALUSB community will be gathering online from across the world to celebrate the amazing achievement of the Class of 2020. In the graduating class, we have 17 countries represented, including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria and a range of companies including the World Wide Fund for Nature and African Wildlife Foundation in the conservation sector, Coca-cola and Unilever in the manufacturing sector, and Standard Bank Group and Africa Reinsurance Corporation in the financial services sector.

As the anticipation begins to build and excitement mounts, ALUSB is also pleased to announce that the keynote graduation speaker will be none other than Ibukun Awosika, the first female Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and a driving force in business, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy on the continent!

“I come from a place where there are opportunities staring you in the eye. But it’s looking for the people who have the heart and the courage to do it and do it right.” – Ibukun Awosika

To attend the graduation ceremony, kindly RSVP HERE and let’s celebrate the #ClassOf2020 together!

 

5 insightful leadership and strategy lessons for career success

5 insightful leadership and strategy lessons for career success

Author: Philip Mbwaya, ALUSB Marketing Coordinator

We had the chance to have a panel discussion on Strategy and Leadership with two industry experts:  Jito Kayumba, partner at Kukula Capital, and  Emmett Tracy, ALUSB Dean and Professor of Management and Finance. 

Both panellists have vast experience leading teams and organisations and shared 5 insightful pieces of knowledge about how leadership and strategy can contribute to your career success! Read on to discover all of them: 

1. Leadership and strategy go hand in hand
As a leader, it is important to have a holistic approach in your operations, which includes having an effective strategy that you plan to execute.

“There may be leaders without effective strategies and there may be strategy persons without good leadership skills.”- Emmett Tracy

It is important to develop a leadership and strategic mindset to ensure that you achieve your organisational and career goals.

2. Inclusiveness is key

“If you want to execute a sustainable strategy, the organisation has to be part and parcel of the strategy, that involves all employees having an awareness of it.” –  Jito Kayumba

Systems thinking is a crucial mindset in implementing a long term strategy. 

All members of the organisation need to therefore have a holistic approach in executing their day to day role and realising how different departments work to achieve the common organisational goal.

If all team members are included and aware, it boosts motivation and makes them feel empowered to take initiative beyond their daily duties.

3. It is important to set milestones

In order to determine whether your strategy is working, you have to set milestones and metrics. 

“You have to set and see the future unfold ahead of your current situation, it can help in planning and assessing your progress.” – Emmett Tracy.

As you execute your business strategy, you have to frequently assess the performance using the set milestones. The milestones should in turn encourage flexibility in case a part of your strategy is not working.

4. Communication is a crucial skill 

“Leadership is a lot about presence, vision and communicating through words or action.” – Emmett Tracy.

Once you have a vision and direction, it’s time to express your ideas to your organisation. Effective communication enables a smooth flow of information throughout the organisation. 

How can you effectively communicate in times of crisis?

“In communicating in times of crisis, it is important to have the confidence to communicate effectively. One way of developing confidence is by having a  strong team around you. The greatest asset you can have as a leader is the kind of people you have in your team.”  – Emmett Tracy.

5. Authenticity is important in shaping your leadership journey

“Nothing is more important than being your authentic self. Your authenticity is attached to your story.” – Jito Kayumba

When a person has a great sense of self-awareness and they are able to appreciate their situation, they are able to add more value to an organisation.

Embrace your journey and show up as your true authentic self in order to thrive as a leader!

The Master of Management programme is designed to bridge the gap between employer needs and the skills young professionals and recent graduates have. Are you seeking to accelerate your career and develop your leadership skills and business acumen? Start your application today at: https://bit.ly/MMAPPLY21!

 

Introducing our October 2020 ALUSB MBA Chairman’s Scholars!

Introducing our October 2020 ALUSB MBA Chairman’s Scholars!

ALU School of Business is pleased to announce the newest MBA Chairman’s Scholarship recipients! The prestigious scholarship has been awarded to two outstanding, pan-African leaders who will be joining the October 2020 MBA programme.  

Each Chairman’s Scholar was selected for their impressive track record of leading both in the workplace and in their communities. Join us in congratulating Morine Kuria from Kenya and Evett Ngale from Cameroon!  

 

 

Morine Kuria is the Operations Director and the acting CEO at Filamujuani Foundation, a Multimedia Training Institute in Kenya. Morine first joined Filamujuani as a student in 2016 and later joined the team as an intern before returning to lead the organisation.

In 2017, she became the Production Manager for a television show on MNET, where she managed a budget of $330,000 and successfully delivered 52 episodes for the show in 6 months. In 2019, Morine re-joined Filamujuani as the Operations Manager to handle a 5-year contract with KCB Foundation and Mastercard Foundation. She stepped up as the acting CEO in June this year as Ken Oloo, the Founder and immediate CEO of Filamujuani Foundation, transitioned to serve on the board of the organisation.

Morine has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and has a broad experience serving clients such as KCB Foundation, Mastercard Foundation and Acumen Fund. 

Morine is passionate about empowering the youth to live up to their best potential! She serves her community as an active mentor for young women and also volunteers at Lapid Leaders Africa, a leadership programme that she was once a part of. She enjoys traveling and aspires to visit a new country each year. For now, she is content visiting new places virtually.

 

 

Evatt Ngale is a Cameroonian who is currently living in Senegal and working for Helen Keller International as the Regional Human Resources Manager for the Africa Region. He has lived and worked in over 10 countries across Africa and the Middle East and has over 16 years of progressive experience in General Administration, Litigations and Human Resources Management. 

At Hellen Keller, Evatt is responsible for the strategic Human Resources management of national staff across 12 countries in Africa. Prior to his current role, he held strategic Human Resources Management positions in top humanitarian aid and development organisations such as Save the Children UK and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He also has private sector experience working for Les Brasseries du Cameroun.

Evatt is passionate about people and has over the years used his skills in strategic HR management, organisational culture, employee attraction, retention and development as well as performance management to support business needs and the mission of his various employers.

Inspired by his passion for kids he has been supporting the day-to-day operations of his mother’s Orphanage, Save the Children Alliance, in Cameroon, which was founded more than 12 years ago. Evatt is also an avid football fan.

5 Common Pitfalls Young Professionals Should Avoid

5 Common Pitfalls Young Professionals Should Avoid

Author: Philip Mbwaya, ALUSB Marketing Coordinator

Embarking on your career for the first time can be quite daunting as a young professional. Throughout your career journey, you will experience pitfalls and bumps along the way.

Last week, we gave you tips on how to stand out as a young professional. This week, we will highlight things you should avoid in the beginning stages of your career!

Here are five pitfalls you should avoid as a young professional:

1. Overconfidence in your academic certificates
Although academic knowledge is a great asset, it should not hinder your appetite to learn!

“Just because you have the right degree for the position, does not give you the entitlement to the role.” – Diana Gombe ‘21, HR Business Partner, Africa Field Division

Employers are on the lookout for curious young professionals with a learning mindset.

2. Getting comfortable with average performance
Most entry-level professionals often push themselves to deliver maximum value in the initial stages of their careers. However, with time, people tend to get comfortable in not exceeding expectations.

“As an employee, going over and above what is expected is what distinguishes you.” Desiree Afor, Head, Total Rewards and Mobility – Mastercard Foundation

Tip: You should always seek to go out of your comfort zone and exceed expectations in your role in order to stand out from the crowd. If possible, seek more duties beyond your role.

3. Poor communication
As a young professional, you might be tempted to stay in the background and not interfere with the usual on-goings of your organisation. But only by clearly expressing your interest in a particular role or project can you come top of mind when the opportunity arises!

“The managers that you work with should know your areas of strength and interest.” – Desiree Afor ’20, Head of Total Rewards and Mobility, Mastercard Foundation

Tip: Building a transparent relationship between yourself and your manager will create room for communication and growth in your career journey.

4. Lack of confidence
Don’t sell yourself short! Undervaluing your ability to perform in a role can translate negatively into your actual performance.

“Employers often identify potential through your actions and not necessarily through your words.” Diana Gombe ‘21, HR Business Partner, Africa Field Division

Tip: The best way to boost your confidence in your abilities is by continuous practise and asking questions when you are unsure of something.

5. Conformity
Functional structures and systems are set up in an organisation for a reason, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot change! When entering a workplace; you have the option of conforming to the set systems and structures of looking for ways to improve them.

“I often look for people who question how things are done and how they can be improved.” – Desiree Afor, Head, Total Rewards and Mobility, Mastercard Foundation

Tip: Always look for ways structures can be improved.

The Master of Management programme is designed to bridge the gap between employer needs and the skills young professionals and recent graduates have. Are you seeking to accelerate your career and develop your leadership and business skills?

Start your application today at: https://bit.ly/MMAPPLY21 and start your career acceleration journey!

MBA vs. MM: 4 Key Differences

MBA vs. MM: 4 Key Differences

Author: Philip Mbwaya, ALUSB Marketing Coordinator

As some of you might know, ALU School of Business (ALUSB) expanded its programme offers with the ALUSB Master of Management (MM)

While both the ALUSB MBA and the ALUSB MM are designed to equip one with the skills and knowledge to thrive professionally, they are fundamentally different. If you want to pursue quality business education at ALUSB, you have to, therefore, consider several factors before choosing a programme.

Read on to learn more about the key differences between the two programmes and what you should consider before applying!

1. Professional experience

The ALUSB MBA programme is designed for established professionals with 5 or more years of work experience. This allows the students to bring their pan-African, real-world experiences into the classroom and apply what they learned directly on the job.

In contrast, professional experience does not play a major role in undertaking the MM programme. The Master of Management (MM) programme aims to create the foundation for recent graduates and young professionals with up to 3 years of post-graduate experience to launch successful careers. 

In summary: the ALUSB MBA programme is suitable for established professionals whereas the ALUSB MM is for young professionals who are just getting started!

2. Career goal

The ALUSB MBA programme is designed to prepare you for that strategic leadership position in your organisation whereas the MM programme is designed to equip you with foundational business and leadership skills to kickstart your career. 

MM graduates often aim for entry to mid-level positions whereas MBA graduates aim for senior-level positions in various organisations.

3. Programme mode of delivery

Post-graduate studies generally are quite rigorous to undertake. At ALU School of Business, we offer a part-time 20-month MBA programme that blends interactive online education with in-class sessions. This blended learning model enables students to build their studies around their work schedules. 

In contrast, the ALUSB MM is a full-time 10-12 month programme that requires you to be present in Kigali for most of the time.

The schedule and mobility of both programmes are therefore an important factor in choosing a suitable option to undertake. 

4. Programme costs

Due to the different target audience, mode of delivery and programme duration, the MBA programme and the MM programme have different tuition costs. The ALUSB programme tuition fee is $30,000 whereas the MM programme costs $13,500.

With these differentiating factors, applicants should have their long term goals in mind when choosing which ALUSB programme to apply for. Both programmes are unique in their own ways but they do have one thing in common: they will give one an upper hand in the ever-dynamic job market!

Interested in catalysing positive change and taking your career to the next level?

Click here to start your ALUSB MBA application

Click here to start you ALUSB MM application

 

Introducing the ALUSB Master of Management programme

Introducing the ALUSB Master of Management programme

In its mission to build leaders for the African century, African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB) is launching a new, exciting degree especially for young professionals and recent graduates as they enter the job market. The programme, entitled Master of Management (MM), has been shaped by top employers to ensure graduates are able to build their business skills, add value to their employer organisations and propel their professional journeys forward. 

We sat down with the Dean of ALUSB, Dr. Emmett P. Tracy, who is also the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at African Leadership University (ALU). Dr. Tracy shared his excitement and vision for the new MM programme, highlighting that it would expand the ALUSB programme portfolio as well as serve a younger demographic with a top quality business education.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE ALUSB MASTER OF MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME AND WHO IS IT DESIGNED FOR?

The Master of Management programme is designed for early career professionals and recent graduates with up to three years of professional experience – those who are just getting started on their career journey. The programme is ideal for someone who wants to get a headstart in the job market and who sees value in developing the leadership skills, team skills and their entrepreneurial mindset that would allow them to succeed in their career. For employers, there’s an enormous attraction that these individuals will be able to make an impact from day one, through their agile thinking and ability to adapt to different professional environments. 

DURING YOUR TIME AS THE DEAN OF ALU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, YOU HAVE SEEN THE INSTITUTION GROW IN VARIOUS WAYS. WHAT WAS THE GOAL BEHIND ADDING THIS NEW PROGRAMME? 

A while back we identified a demographic that we were not serving. The ALUSB MBA programme is geared towards later stage professionals. The average age of our MBA students is 36 years and the average work experience is 11 years. Year after year of application cycles, we were repeatedly presented with applications from highly qualified candidates who did not fall within the MBA’s minimum five year, post-graduate eligibility criteria. We thought deeply about how to best serve these applicants, about how to include them as part of our community and offer them a top business education. 

While we are still very committed to our MBA programme demographic, in surveying employers and understanding their needs, particularly in regards to entry-level and junior management talent, we realised that the MM degree could provide a lot of value to the market, while broadening our programme portfolio. 

HOW DOES THE NEW MM PROGRAMME COMPARE TO THE MBA?

Our MBA programme is unique from other top MBA programmes by combining three important elements: (1) a Pan-African student community, (2) an Africa-focused curriculum, and (3) a part-time, blended format (combining in-person and online learning). The format is an important aspect for our MBA students because it recognises that our MBAs are experienced professionals at an advanced stage in their careers, who are juggling a variety of responsibilities like work and family. 

In comparison, the Master of Management programme is targeted at younger, early career professionals, who will start the programme much younger and move faster through the academic experience. The programme begins with a very intense immersion in business foundations and can be completed in less than one year. This helps our MM students accelerate their career while introducing them to core aspects of an ALUSB, Africa-focused education. 

HOW WILL THE MM PROGRAMME PROPEL ALUSB TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION TO SERVE AS A CATALYST TO BUILDING LEADERS FOR THE AFRICAN CENTURY?

Developing business leaders is about developing leaders at all stages of the workforce. The MBA programme is designed for managers and senior leaders in organisations, while the MM programme is designed for a younger demographic.

What we are excited about is creating an ecosystem where an MBA student can hire an MM graduate. As a pan-African institution, we expect that our graduates will go out and work in companies that span the continent. Part of the MM learning experience includes gaining exposure to a wide range of sectors and economies across the globe, through faculty and classmates. This exposure will allow our graduates to better access opportunities from Cairo to Capetown, Dakar to Dar es Salaam.

“Developing business leaders is about developing leaders at all stages of the workforce.”

WHAT ELEMENTS FROM THE MM EXPERIENCE EVENTUALLY MAKE A GRADUATE STAND OUT FROM A DEGREE HOLDER IN A PROFESSIONAL SETTING?

The undergraduate experience is a very holistic process, it helps you to start thinking about your future career and developing foundational skills needed to succeed professionally. On the other hand, the Master of Management is a very focused programme for those who are interested in pursuing certain types of careers – for example, marketing, finance or consulting. 

The MM programme gives you extra time to hone the specialised skills required for success in your career, as well as a professional ecosystem that offers networking and mentorship for you to thrive as a young professional. An MM graduate leaves knowing what they want to focus on and how exactly they will make an impact in an organisation.

WHAT DIFFERENTIATES THE ALUSB MASTER OF MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME FROM OTHER MASTER OF MANAGEMENT PROGRAMMES GLOBALLY?

The Master of Management programme is quite popular, especially in Europe and the United States as well as within Africa. Compared to other programmes, the ALUSB MM programme has a distinct focus on Africa, which is also a core pillar of our MBA programme. The pan-African approach is integrated into the curriculum, equipping you with the knowledge to understand the African business landscape. The MM curriculum also takes into consideration employer priorities for entry-level and junior managers in organisations across the continent.

Beyond that, we have a passion to deliver impactful leadership education. Everything that we do within the African Leadership Group has a strong focus on developing leaders, through developing self and leading others.

The focus on Africa is core to what we deliver because we see it as an incredible opportunity to help rising leaders solve the challenges that are within Africa.  We see it embodied in the kind of students that graduate from ALU, from the tremendous impact that they make in the communities and organisations they get involved in. 

WHEN CAN INTERESTED CANDIDATES EXPECT APPLICATIONS TO OPEN FOR THE ALSUB MASTER OF MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME?

The application for admission to the Master of Management Class of 2021 is officially open! You can start your application today at: https://bit.ly/MMAPPLY21. We look forward to welcoming our very first Master of Management students into the ALUSB ecosystem in January 2021. 

To find out more about the ALUSB Master of Management admission requirements, programme structure, tuition fees and financing, please click the following link: https://www.alusb.com/mm/

Author: Philip Mbwaya