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Yale – Strathmore Collaborations to Enhance Students Learning Experience

Eddy Mandry, Prof. Peter Salovey, Amb. Amina Mohamed, Prof. John Odhiambo, Dr. George Njenga, P.S Zeinab Hussein









Strathmore – Yale collaboration is set to enhance students’ exchange programme experience across the two academic institutions. Discussions forging the mutually benefiting partnerships took place on 15th March 2018, during a public lecture with the theme, The Nexus between Education and Impactful Leadership. The lecture was attended by Prof. Peter Salovey – Yale University President and Prof. John Odhiambo – Strathmore University Vice Chancellor.

The lecture also marked the first visit by a Yale President to Africa since the establishment of the institution 313 years ago.

The collaboration between Strathmore University 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. SUBS is the only business school in East Africa and the fourth in Africa, joining 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 programmes to enable students and aspiring global business leaders, to practice working globally while tapping into the unprecedented resources that include expertise, relationships, and access to data—offered by 32 business schools in 29 countries, in 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, student exchange programmes, and even further our initiatives in establishing a Data Analytics Center and the School of Global Health,” remarked Prof. Odhiambo.

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 created interest in African based student 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 from Africa, as represented in the Yale Alumni clubs across various countries in Africa,” said Prof. Salovey.

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; growth, health, sustainability, among others, can only be solved through partnerships,” remarked Prof. Salovey.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Amb. Amina Mohamed, who was also in attendance pledged her support to the initiative. She urged other higher learning institutions to forge groundbreaking partnerships which solve both local and global challenges.

Bespoke Yale Alumni – Dr. Patrick Njoroge, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya; Kaakpema Yelpaala – CEO Access Mobile International; Amandla Ooko – Ombaka, Consultant, Mc Kinsey & Company, and Dean SUBS, Dr. George Njenga were also in attendance.