Frik Landman (CEO of USB-ED), Dr Samuel Kifle
(DG of Higher Education and Administration in Ethiopia)
and Dr Jeilu Oumer (Academic Vice President of Addis
South African expertise in executive education has found its way to the Horn of Africa with USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the public executive development and training company of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), partnering with Ethiopia’s University of Addis Ababa.
The new partnership paves the way for executive education to be presented for the first time in Ethiopia.
This follows a formal partnership agreement earlier this month with the University of Addis Ababa’s School of Commerce to jointly provide executive education to the country. The signing of the memorandum of understanding in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, on 9 September 2014 was attended by representatives of the Ethiopian government, NGO’s and the educational and private sectors.
Academic Vice President of Addis Ababa University, Dr Jeilu Oumer, said at the signing that there are vast executive education opportunities in Ethiopia. “The University is proud to be associated with a world-class African institution such as USB-ED. We look forward to more engagement on all spheres of the University, and hope that we will eventually offer MBA and Doctoral programmes as well”.
The Director General of Higher Education and Administration of Ethiopia, Dr Samuel Kifle, commented on the fact that this is the first time that executive development will be offered in Ethiopia.
“Ethiopia is proud to be associated with South Africa in developing their future leaders. We thank USB-ED for the initiative.”
USB-ED CEO, Frik Landman, said “we found in Addis Ababa University a partner who is willing to tackle the complex challenges of Africa with us. We agreed that it is unacceptable that a continent endowed with so many natural resources and youth must endure the status of the poorest continent. What we choose to do about it is what matters and in this case we chose to equip leaders with management and leadership skills. We know that with the necessary managerial skills, people may still be poor, but they will now know (as Peter Drucker has stated) how to manage themselves out of poverty. This is an exciting adventure with Ethiopia”.
The USB-ED partnership with the University of Addis Ababa follows a similar collaboration between the South African executive education institution and the Mzumbe University in Tanzania. USB-ED management programmes are now actively presented in 11 sub Saharan African countries and executive development services in 5 other African countries.