November 26, 2020

EastAfrica Herald

East African Views on Global News.

African Leadership University starts with 180 Students

Africa Leadership University Academy
ALU, a network of world-class tertiary education
institutions offering programs aimed at developing Africa’s future leaders,
have admitted 180 students from 22 African countries to African Leadership
College, its flagship campus in Mauritius.
The Mauritius campus has partnered with Glasgow Caledonian
University (GCU), its founding academic partner, who will award the
institution’s first degrees in Business Management, Computer Science, Social
Sciences and Applied Psychology.
Welcoming the students, ALU’s founder, Fred Swaniker, said

innovation and ingenious transformation are critical if institutions of higher
learning in Africa are to play a catalytic development role in the 21st century.
“We are delighted to welcome these young bright minds
to the ALU community. We have no doubt of their will, ability and passion to
bring to reality our long-sought after dream of a prosperous Africa. ALU
recognises the imperative for innovation in making institutions of higher
education in Africa relevant and efficient in meeting today’s development
needs. ALU’s model combines a bespoke technology platform, rigorous teaching
methods and a world-class curriculum into a unique hybrid of a virtual and ‘brick
and mortar’ educational experience to develop the skills and mindsets necessary
for Africa’s transformation in the 21st century.”
ALU’s curriculum is deliberately designed to train students
in critical leadership skills, expose them to the real world of work, and
deepen their personal and intellectual growth. In their first year, students
undertake what is called the Foundation Core, a programme made of four key
courses – Communicating for Impact, Data and Decisions, Projects, and
Entrepreneurial Leadership. The courses equip students with fundamental skills
essential to success in leadership. These include critical thinking,
quantitative reasoning, effective communication, managing complex tasks and
providing leadership to teams in the context of complex systems. Each year,
students undertake a 4-month internship program at leading organisations in the
private and public sector to accelerate their mastery of skills learnt in
Swaniker further comments on the role of tertiary education
institutions in driving Africa’s development:
“The end of major conflicts in Africa, reforms in
governance and economic management, and a decade of steady economic growth now
puts Africa on a promising growth trajectory. Whether this growth plateaus or
translates to economic take-off entirely depends on the quality of leadership
Africa produces. ALU’s mission is to grow a critical mass of high calibre,
capable and ethical leaders to underwrite Africa’s transformation. Our resource
constraints today mean that to be prosperous, Africa must do more, with less,
and faster than everyone else. The answer here is innovation.”
ALU’s Mauritius campus, African Leadership College, was
inaugurated in August last year by H.E. John Mahama, President of Ghana, and
Xavier-Luc Duval, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius. Graça Machel, an
accomplished Mozambican leader, international advocate for women and children’s
rights, and social activist, is the inaugural Chancellor of the institution.
Machel is also the former First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa.
About ALU
ALU is a network of world-class tertiary educations
institutions with a mission to develop 3 million African leaders over the next
5 decades. It is today focused on building 25 campuses hosting 10 000 students
each across Africa. Its flagship campus is in Mauritius and is known as African
Leadership College (ALC). The Mauritius campus has partnered with Glasgow
Caledonian University (GCU) as its founding academic and accreditation partner
to award ALC’s initial degrees.
ALU was founded by Fred Swaniker, a serial social
entrepreneur and educationist who is deeply passionate about Africa and
believes that good leadership is key to the continent’s development. Swaniker
has been praised by U.S. President Barack Obama and other prominent global
figures as a transformational entrepreneur leading change in Africa. He has
been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic and as a Fellow
of TED (2009) and the Aspen Institute of Global Leadership Network.