Dr. Edward Mungai Dean, Strathmore Business School attended the Global Business School Network 7th Annual Conference themed Making the Connection: Management Education Powering Development held in India. The conference attracted top international business school members and other professionals who are committed to increasing opportunity and improving lives by advancing management education for the developing world.
The conference emphasized on experiential learning especially for MBA programs which ensures students not only ‘know’ and ‘do’ but also become transformed as individuals by practicing what they learn. More often, this has been a challenge for business schools especially where ethics apply. Indeed it is easy to teach ethics but difficult to make ensure and enforce its practice. A recent trend among business schools is the placing of students in situations where they have to make tough ethical decisions as part of their curricular.
Enterpreneurship was also noted as a solution to this ethical challenge because entrepreneurs are able to create and distribute wealth. This will ensure that the gap between the haves and have-nots is reduced.
A key highlight from the conference was the low performance of African students in comparison to other students from across the globe in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exams. This decreases significantly the chances of African students entrance into top business schools in the world. Strathmore Business School and GMAC are currently teaming up to address this problem and encourage Kenyan students to excel in GMAT exams.
Dr. Mungai stated that Kenyan universities should set their own entrance examinations to assess students as opposed to relying solely on their secondary examination scores. This concept is currently in practice in India. For instance, India has strong institutes of advanced technology which set their own entrance criteria and this has in turn made India a leading technology hub, stated Dr. Mungai.
Dr. Mungai was able to tour Indian School of Business, Genpact, a global leader in business process management services and MothersDairy, a company that manufactures, markets and sells milk and milk products.
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