The Association of African Business Schools’ 13thannual conference has taken place at the University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Tanzania from Sunday 20 – Tuesday 22 May 2018. AABS Connect theme: Business Schools’ Engagement with Industry: Models, Lessons and Impact on Africa.
AABS annual conference it’s a gathering of fellow business school practitioners, business leaders, public officials, thought leaders and business school alumni. AABS Connect encourages debate to aid African business and management education growth strategy.
On May 20, 2018 participants from around the world have engaged in the second of a series of global conversations on the future of management education. The Business Education Jam: Africa 2018 was being held in partnership with the AABS Connect Conference 2018 & University of Dar es Salaam Business School in Tanzania.
This event builds off of the recent success of the Africa 2017 global conversation held in South Africa in collaboration with GIBS. Business Education Jam: Africa 2018 has welcomed participants from across the world to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing management education in Africa.
This global dialogue has two primary elements: First, though an edX EDGE course participants have gained perspective on critical issues and be able to share different ideas and insights. Second, the key themes developed in the edX course has been discussed during a live symposium held at Coral Beach Hotel Dar Es Salaam.
On Monday 21 May, Professor Mohamed Amine ISSAMI has contributed to the AABS Connect conference as Speaker in the Panel 1: Strengthening collaboration between Business Schools and Industry to develop critical leadership and management competencies. The raised questions were about: How can business schools bridge or even close the skills gap needed by industry? How could they respond to employer needs and transform economic challenges to opportunities? The Moderator of the Panel was Professor Leif Sjöblom from IMD Business School (Switzerland), along with Mr. Gilman Kasiga, Business Development Director for Eastern Africa at General Electric (Tanzania) has enriched the debates around the following issues: Skills and demands required by industry in leaders and managers – how can Business Schools evolve to survive the needs of industry?
During the AABS members meeting on May 22, the new team composed of an Executive Director and Accreditation Director were introduced to the members. The accreditation process and modified logo were revealed. During this session the AABS Annual Report on activities for period January – December 2017 was presented and the new AABS website will be launched on October 1st 2018. Finally, the Members have voted for the proposed change to the AABS Charter regarding the length of the board terms. The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) will host the AABS connect conference in June 2019. Following the AABS conference rotational schedule, the 2020 conference will be held in Senegal.