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Two new undergraduate academic degree programmes launched at Strathmore

Dr. Hilda Mogire, Associate Dean, Academic and Students Affairs, Strathmore University Business School (SBS), Prof. Dulacha Galgallo Barako, Senior Advisor, The National Treasury, Financial and Sectoral Issue, Dr. Andre Kreie, Director, Global Logistics Education, Kuehne Foundation, Dr. Vincent Ogutu, Vice Chancellor Designate, Strathmore University and Dr. George Njenga, Executive Dean, SBS, at the launch of the two new academic programmes.

Strathmore University launched two modern undergraduate academic degrees on January 10, 2020: the Bachelor of Financial Services (BFS) and the Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain and Operations Management (BSc. SC and OM). Both programmes are designed to expose learners to practical, theoretical, application, research and human skills that are necessary to achieve the demands of the future of work.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Andre Kreie, Director Global Logistics Education, Kuehne Foundation, said, “We are in constant need of more creative and innovative ideas. We need to reinvent and modernize our teaching methods, what we teach today will be very much outdated in the next 20 years. When we were searching for a university to partner with, Strathmore was a natural choice as it is well known for excellence. Strathmore University is keen to remain relevant to the needs of the market and these two degrees will address those needs.”

The future of work

For institutions of higher learning to be able to prepare workforce capable of taking up these new or perform well in the stable roles, the design of programmes must reflect future demands of the workplace. There is a need for a practical, futuristic, relatable and lifelong training programme that is critical to meet the demands of the future. This is linked to equipping learners with skills relevant for the workplace and the ability to be an integrated thinker and decision maker as the Fourth Industrial Revolution kicks in. Alongside the technical training, there is also an appreciation of the “human skills” which are becoming very relevant in today’s work environments.

Need of upskilling and reskilling

Owing to the workplace demands for futuristic upskilling and reskilling, Industry 4.0 and the digital revolution, Strathmore developed the two modern undergraduate academic degrees. Strathmore’s BFS and BSc. in SC and OM programmes have been carefully designed and pitched as “modern degrees” that appeal to the demands of today’s workplace and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The BFS programme aims at unifying the financial services sector by providing a firm foundation in the world of work in financial management, business analytics and skills of people working in the financial sector, community development, asset and pension management, insurance sector, microfinance sector, banking sector, financial cooperatives sector and emergent financial services providers in general.

The BSc. in SC and OM is designed to integrate supply chain, logistics, operations and digitalization. Special emphasis is placed on Production 4.0, Logistics 4.0, Big Data, Block Chain, automation and artificial intelligence and how they will impact supply chain and operations in the near and far future.

Admission is ongoing with the first cohort set to join the University in April 2020.