ALUSB 2020 Recap

Author: Tumiso Kevin, ALUSB Intern

As we prepare to bid farewell to the extraordinary year of 2020 and make our way into 2021, we would like to take a moment to appreciate the past year. Like many organisations on the continent, 2020 demanded that we step up our game. Despite the twists and turns, ALU School of Business has much to be proud of and grateful for in 2020.

Take a trip down memory lane with us as we reminisce on our 2020 highlights!

The ALUSB Master of Management Programme 


This year, ALUSB launched a new, exciting degree! The Master of Management (MM) programme aims to create the foundation for recent graduates and young professionals with up to 3 years of work experience to jump-start successful careers. Shaped by the needs of leading employers across Africa and led by top, global faculty, the MM programme offers a signature African Leadership Group (ALG) experience that will not only enhance your career prospects but also build your practical business knowledge and leadership capacity.

Want to know more about this brand new ALUSB programme? Read our interview with ALUSB Dean, Emmett P. Tracy, to discover more about the vision for the ALUSB MM. 

Online Intensives


Every four months, the ALUSB MBA students travel to Kigali, Rwanda for a week-long “intensive” where they get to engage, connect and have the ultimate ALU experience with their colleagues from all over Africa. Due to COVID-19, we were not able to conduct our intensives in person. Nonetheless, we leveraged our online capability to deliver meaningful and high-quality virtual learning experiences.

Click here to rediscover some of our online intensive highlights and takeaways!

A New MBA Cohort!


We welcomed a new MBA cohort to the ALUSB family: the class of 2022 – also known as the Sisonke’s! ALUSB always aims to maximise the diversity in our MBA classes and we’ve definitely succeeded in that department when it comes to the Sisonke’s. Statistics to note: 23 nationalities and 19 countries of residence are represented in this class. Additionally, the cohort has an average work experience of 11 years, and the average age is 36.

The first-ever ALU Virtual Graduation Ceremony


ALU School of Business had its first-ever online graduation ceremony this year. The entire ALU community gathered online to celebrate the class of 2020. The ALU president, Christopher Williams, opened the ceremony with motivating opening remarks that highlighted the opportunities in light of the pandemic, especially for African communities. The keynote speaker was none other than Ibukun Awosika, the Chairperson of the First Bank of Nigeria Limited and the CEO/Founder of The Chair Center Group. She emphasised the urgency for African leaders to stand in their truth to create, distribute and build an Africa we desire. Click here to relive this momentous occasion.

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