A joint cocktail was held on Saturday 29th October 2011 at Strathmore Business School for the 1st and 2nd year MBA students. The cocktail was attended by MBA students, alumni and faculty in a bid to foster networking amongst all the present groups. A critical differentiator of the SBS MBA is the sense of community and network of students and alumni.
The cocktail began on a high note with Dr. Edward Mungai Dean, SBS whose speech gave the attendees a glimpse into the present and future of the SBS MBA program with a brief introduction of the Modular MBA. He further stated that plans are underway to roll out Masters in Public Policy, Healthcare Management and Manufacturing Management.
He emphasized on the importance of the students supporting SBS in its vision as there is a need for transformed leaders to transform the society.
Lydia Kariuki, Operations Manager – Fusion Capital and 1st year class president praised Dr. Mungais noble character citing his efforts in escorting students to their vehicles with an umbrella during the downpour. She added that his efforts were an exemplary example of how SBS is keen on small details that make a difference.
Geoffrey Wandeto, Head of Carrier & Wholesale Services Safaricom and 2nd year class representative shared his experiences in IESE Business School following the one week Pan African Module that was held in the Barcelona campus. The IESE MBA module consists of 10 days of intensive learning from world-renowned lecturers who have garnered teaching experience with top business schools such as Harvard Business School, as well as industrial experience in key designations from leading global companies. This module has increasingly become very popular and well-taken by program participants who have gotten a chance to experience IESE. This is part of the world-class delivery that SBS promises to deliver.
The students were advised by Annette Msambeni of the Agency for Co-operation & Research in Development and alumnus of the program on the importance of completing their projects, keeping in touch with their supervisors and forming support groups.
The history of SBS, from conceptualization to implementation was recounted by Dr. George Njenga, the Principal, SBS and DVC, Quality and Research, Strathmore University. He challenged the MBA students to transform Africa.
Paul Ouma, Director of the MBA Program gave the closing remarks with an expression of gratitude to all attendees for gracing the cocktail.
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