Strathmore University Business School (SBS) on Friday 7th December 2018 graduated 314 participants from Executive Education, Institute for Small Business Initiatives, Enterprise Development and Healthcare Management programmes, to join the Alumni Association of SBS, as well as mark the beginning of a lifelong learning journey.
The 11th Annual Graduation Ceremony was attended by notable guests such as Hon. Josphat Nanok (Governor, Turkana County), Dr. Edward Mungai (Strathmore University DVC Planning and Development), and Prof. Rainer Burk (Neu Ulm University). Our corporate partners such as NIC Bank and Pharm Access were also represented at the ceremony.
In his keynote address, Hon Nanok appreciated the institution for recognizing the importance of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by embedding entrepreneurial courses in the curriculum. He further noted that the SME sector have a great role in driving forward the economy of Kenya. He further acknowledged the efforts of Strathmore University in organizing the SME Presidential Round table which was held in October 2018 and challenged the institution to collaborate with the Council of Governors in the next session. “I welcome you all in joining me to the SBS Alumni Association. Let us all keep in mind that we have a responsibility to make this institution proud, said Governor Nanok.”
Speaking during the ceremony, Dr. George Njenga the Executive Dean of SBS urged the graduated leaders to be agents of positive transformation in their respective work places. He called them to remember the importance of servant leadership, and more so that leadership is a divine calling that ought to be executed with a sense of objectivity and justice; always keeping in mind the needs of the society. In addition, he challenged the business leaders in the congregation to develop a solution to the desalinization of water in Turkana County.
The class presidents of the various courses had an opportunity to share on behalf of their classmates their key learnings from the course. Cecilia Mwendwa, a representative of the Programme for Management Development (PMD) had the following to say: “The academic approach at Strathmore which largely worked around case studies and discussion syndicates made the learning interesting and engaging! PMD, I must point out remains one of the most practicable trainings that we have undertaken this far. The class engagement enabled us to relate the academic knowledge to our business environments, while also benchmarking internationally as was demonstrated in South Africa. Indeed, the interludes of going back to office after 1 week of learning allowed us to put to practice the skills attained and gave us room to reflect and utilize the skillsets well before the next session begun making the whole experience exciting.”
SBS is committed to pioneering world-class standards in executive education programmes which are designed to cater for the training needs of organizations and professionals in the private, public, not-for-profit sectors as well as entrepreneurs by strengthening their leadership and management capabilities.