Strathmore, Yale University collaboration is set to expand students exchange Programmes across the two academic pace-setter institutions. Discussions forging the mutually benefiting partnerships took place yesterday, 15th March 2018, during a public lecture dubbed, “The Nexus Between Education and Impactful Leadership” graced by Prof Peter Salovey – Yale University President. The public lecture also marked the first-ever visit by the Yale President to Africa, since the establishment of the institution 313 years ago.
The collaboration between Strathmore Business School and Yale University has been facilitated by the common membership of the two institutions to the Global Network of Advanced Management, a powerful network created by 32 of the World’s leading Business Schools. Strathmore Business School is the only business school in East Africa and the fourth in Africa. Strathmore Business School joins; Lagos Business School, Cape Town University and University of Ghana Business School.
The Global Network for Advanced Management is a platform for innovation in business education. Member schools connect and collaboratively develop programs to enable students and aspiring global business leaders to practice working globally while tapping into the unprecedented resources—including expertise, relationships, and access to data—offered by 32 business schools in 29 countries, 6 continents.
“Our collaboration is going to provide skills and competencies to our graduates who will be globally competitive. We also hope to establish graduate and postgraduate studies, students exchange Programmes and even further our initiatives in establishing a Data Analytics Center and the School of Global Health,” remarked Prof. John Odhiambo, Vice Chancellor Strathmore University.
The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Amb. Amina Mohamed pledged her support to the initiative. She also urged other institutions to forge groundbreaking partnerships which solve both local and global challenges.
More than ever, collaborations between institutions of learning are gaining momentum in preparing and equipping students to be globally competitive. Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the enrolment of students from Africa to Yale University has increased significantly over the years, as well as interest in African based students exchange Programmes.
“In 2013, there was an enrolment of 105 students from Africa, and by 2017, that number had doubled. Currently, we have a record of over 500 alumni in Africa, as represented in the Yale Alumni clubs across various countries in Africa,” said Prof. Peter Salovey, Yale President.
This illustrates the necessity to forge collaborative partnerships to nurture the growing need for cross-cultural and inter-geographical learnings.
“The challenges in all the sectors in the 21st Century; inclusive growth, health, sustainability, among others, can only be solved through partnerships,” remarked Prof. Peter Salovey, Yale President.
Bespoke Yale Alumni – Dr. Patrick Njoroge, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya, Kaakpema Yelpaala CEO Access Mobile International and Amandla Ooko – Ombaka, Consultant, Mc Kinsey & Company, were also in attendance.