The Association of African Business Schools (AABS), an association of leading business schools throughout the African Continent conducted a Quality Review exercise of Strathmore Business School. The exercise creates an opportunity for other business schools to visit the host school and garner first hand information on how the host school is operating, and how it is being managed particularly on aspects relating to governance as well as quality of delivery of programs in accordance with the AABS membership criteria.
SBS differentiates itself from other Business Schools by using participant centred learning, having personalised attention to its program participants, having a strong alumni, having regional participation in its programs and having faculty who are well exposed to industry.
According to the report, it was noted that the SBS is doing well in line with the AABS criteria on the aspect of staffing as it has adequate, well trained, experienced and competent faculty to manage the programs offered. It was further noted that, unlike other business schools, SBS has a positive impact on the quality of output especially in the MBA program due to the faculty – student ratio. In addition, within three years, the faculty had made significant intellectual contributions in the form of books, written articles, case studies and conference papers.
It was noted that a bulk of the case studies used in the MBA program are Kenyan or Africa based with guest speaker sessions from seasoned industry leaders invited to address the students on current pertinent issues. A feature to be applauded was the participation of the SBS MBA students in a global business module in IESE Business School, Spain.
AABS mission is to enable business schools in Africa to contribute towards economic growth and development in Africa by promoting excellence and responsibility in business and management education through capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement. SBS has been a member of AABS since 2006. Other members who are also SBS partners include Lagos Business School and Gordon Institute of Business Science.