Strathmore Business School (SBS) is part of a new partnership of six top African business schools, the African Academic Association on Entrepreneurship (AAAE), which seeks to ‘promote and develop academic cooperation’ on entrepreneurship, small business development, innovation, and start-ups, thus creating an ‘entrepreneurship ecosystem’ which will provide a sustainable solution to unemployment across the continent.
Together with SBS, other members of AAAE are Lagos Business School (Nigeria), University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa), the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (South Africa), the Esca Maroc Ecole De Management (Morocco) and the American University in Cairo (Egypt), which will serve as the interim coordinator of the partnership before a steering committee is created.
The partnership will pursue its aims through research, the development of case studies, student and faculty exchanges, exchange of academic material, professional internships, and technical cooperation. It also aims create knowledge-based links between academia and industry.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Dr David Wangombe, Dean of the Strathmore School of Management and Commerce, said, “We at Strathmore University wholeheartedly support the engendering and networking of universities under the AAAE. The research and intellectual collaboration in the African entrepreneurship space will enable the exploration of the wealth of our diversity and contribution to sustainable development in Africa. This takes cognizance of Africa’s special place in the international community.”
The AAAE plans to expand in the months ahead to include more business schools from across the continent and collaborate with global business schools.
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