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GIMPA Co-Hosts GBSN & EFMD Joint 2016 Africa Conference By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu

GIMPA Co-Hosts GBSN & EFMD Joint 2016 Africa Conference By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu

A joint conference by the Global Business School Network (GBSN) and EFMD has been held at GIMPA in November 2016.

It was on the theme: “Markets Shaping Management Education.”

The event, which brought together deans, faculty and senior administrators from many African countries, Asia, America, Europe and Australia, sought to provide a platform for them to connect and learn to help improve management  education for Africa and across the globe.

It was also aimed at providing a unique opportunity for these international business educators to contribute to a global conversation about improving access to quality, locally relevant education.

Guy Pfeffermann, founder and CEO of GBSN in his address said the theme was apt because of its acute relevance to business schools.

“Youth unemployment is on the rise around the world, graduates lack the full complement of skills needed to be successfully employed or entrepreneurial, and this problem is particularly acute in Africa,” he added.

Mr. Pfeffermann, therefore charged the participants to reflect on and share their own institution’s experience during their discourse.

The Dean of the Business School, Professor Samuel Bonsu, lauded the organisers of the programme saying building capacity through management training would go a long way to address the myriad challenges facing Africa.

He attributed poor management and leadership to some of these challenges that Africa is faced with saying “We manage but we do not manage well.”

“We at GIMPA are open to business and we will like to work with you to ensure that we achieve and sustain the development we are yearning for’’.

Ms. Nadine Burquel, director of Business School Services at EFMD, said she hoped by the end of the programme, business schools would be empowered to stimulate growth.