UNIMAK Begins Executive MBA Program in Entrepreneurship

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Peter A B Lansana – Programme Manager

The MBA Programme in Global Business and Sustainability – Social Entrepreneurship Track is being organized by the ALTIS, Postgraduate School of Business & Society of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Italy (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) in collaboration with Tangaza University in Kenya and the University of Makeni (UNIMAK).
The UNIMAK MBA Program start in September this year aims to create a sustainable higher entrepreneurship education in Sierra Leone through training and support
young, local entrepreneurs involved in the start-up of economically viable and environmentally sustainable businesses in the sectors of agriculture and energy access/efficiency.

The MBA Programme opens doors for participants in terms of career prospects and the start-up of new business opportunities. The MBA ‘Global Business and Sustainability – Social Entrepreneurship track, aims at creating a concrete answer to one of Sierra Leone’s most pressing needs: employment and job creation. The Programme has been designed with a unique formula that combines the academic features of an MBA in Entrepreneurship with actionable business tools and networking opportunities for investments. The aim is to offer participants a chance to keep developing their Social Businesses while understanding the keys to grow them and increase their positive impact on the society.

The program is further designed to:
a) immediately create potential entrepreneurs capable of operating in two of the most important sectors for the development of the economy of Sierra Leone (providing innovative solutions for access to energy technology, and renewable resources, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the efficiency of regional agricultural and food markets) and offering a response to the needs of the labour market in Sierra Leone;
b) generate a sustainable educational infrastructure that will make UNIMAK capable of delivering quality entrepreneurial education from time to come. The program will consist the adaptation of an education model that has already been successfully implemented by Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya.

The UNIMAK MBA entrepreneurship is structured on a part-time formula to enable participants to keep track of their businesses while attending the course. Distance learning materials and tools have been developed to allow participants to effectively pursue the MBA Programme. A team of local and international mentors and coaches support participants in every step they take to start up their businesses. This highly qualified international faculty represents a crucial element for the success of the MBA programme.
However, the real plus for participating in the MBA Programme is the participants becoming part of a system that:
- Supports you in the fine tuning of your business idea;
- Helps you in defining courageous goals, in developing your team building skills, in combining strategic imagination and financial discipline;
- Facilitates access to financing for the implementation and sustainable growth of your business;
- Creates stable links with a network of Sierra Leonean and international entrepreneurs.

At the end of the Programme, there will be a ceremony where participants will present their business plans to a panel of international entrepreneurs and investors. Links will be created, funds will be raised and ideas will be launched.

For details on how to apply follow this link.

UNIMAK - MBA Secretariat

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Celebrating Innovation, Creativity and Sustainability

In his Convocation Address 2014, the Vice Chancellor describes how the University of Makeni meets the challenge to be creative, innovative and relevant in the fields of science, technology, the humanities and the creative arts, while expanding to the point where the overall registered student population is over a thousand and two hundred students, which includes over 344 female students.  He highlights initiatives such as:

  •  The establishment of the Executive MBA course which will enable higher entrepreneurship education
  • The development of the University as the Centre of Special Needs Education in the Mano River Region
  • The innovative Remedial Programme which is supporting those with few credits to complete their grades for accessing tertiary institution. Over a fifty percent of the 200 students enrolled over the past years have successfully completed degree programs, diploma and HTC program in tertiary institutions in the country
  • The work of the University as a key partner of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in institutionalising mental health training in the country.

Read the Vice Chancellor’s address in full here.

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Education must be a lantern for Sierra Leone’s technological growth – Dr Adonis Abboud

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Dr Adonis Abboud at UNIMAK‘s third Convocation

In a speech to mark the third Convocation of the University of Makeni, Dr Adonis Abboud, Chairman of Capital Radio Sierra Leone, shared his vision of challenges facing the graduating students of UNIMAK, the University authorities and the government of Sierra Leone.

Delivering a lecture on 14th February 2014, Dr Adonis spoke of the future direction of teaching and learning, and how the rise of online learning challenges universities like UNIMAK to rethink their traditional university lecture approach. He spoke enthusiastically about the way that the power of computers might be used in Africa to better agriculture, education and health.

Describing how education and technology enables people to become more efficient and expressive in whatever their field, he highlighted the need for students to be empowered with critical thinking skills, and challenged the government of Sierra Leone to effect an urgent transformation of the educational sector.

Adonis Abboud UNIMAK Trophy

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Best Male Graduate, Albert Deen Kamara receiving a cheque for Le4,450,000 ($1,000)

In what he described as “my little contribution to efforts to challenge our students and get the best out of this dwindling pool of talents available to carry the burden of the nation’s future” Dr Adonis announced that to challenge and encourage graduating students of this great institution he was launching the ADONIS ABBOUD UNIMAK TROPHY, for the best male and female graduates of the University of Makeni, as part of the convocation. In addition to the glittering trophy, the winners each receive a generous cash sum of ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 

Read Dr Abboud’s speech in full here

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UNIMAK confers awards on 103 students and announces new MBA Programme

DSC03196UNIMAK staged its third Convocation Ceremony for the conferment of degree and other awards on Saturday, 15th February 2014. The ceremony took place at the Fatima Campus of the University. The ceremony started with a procession of the Graduands, the academic staff of the university led by the University Marshal, followed by the staff of other universities. The Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Registrar of UNIMAK then followed.

DSC03201The ceremony was opened with a welcome statement delivered by the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sahr P.T. Gbamanja. In his opening statement, he thanked all present for coming to grace the ceremony and congratulated the graduands for their hard work, sacrifices and zest: “I want to say it is really not an easy task to go through a course, it really calls for more than just reading and attending classes. Because you gave up your time to work hard, offer many sacrifices and zest to overcome the many academic challenges, I really I want to thank you.” Prof. Gbamanja said. IMG_0215The convocation proper started with the conferment of a Doctorate Degree of Social Entrepreneurship (Honoris Causa) on Mr. Vincent L. Kanu for his achievements in the business sector. On receiving the award, Mr. Vicent Kanu thanked the University for its support and recognition of his contributions in the business sector.

A total of 103 awards were conferred: 13 Masters Candidates, 64 Bachelor Degree candidates, 8 Post Graduate Diploma Candidates, 16 Diploma Candidates and 2 Certificate Candidates, in various disciplines. DSC03202Unique to this ceremony was that the Graduands received their original certificates on the spot. Students who performed very well during their courses were also given prizes for their excellent performances. The ceremony was also used as the occasion to launch the new MBA Programme in Global Business and Sustainability. This programme aims to create a sustainable higher entrepreneurship education in Sierra Leone through training and support of young, local entrepreneurs involved in the start-up of economically viable and environmentally sustainable businesses in the sectors of agriculture and energy access/efficiency.IMG_0211 According to Manager of the MBA program, Peter A.B. Lansana, the MBA is designed for business entrepreneurs and will commence in July this year.

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UNIMAK’s 3rd Convocation

The University of Makeni will host its third convocation ceremony on Saturday 15th February 2014 at the Fatima Campus in Makeni City.
According to the Director of Development and Planning, who also doubles as the Coordinator for the convocation ceremony, Mr. Emmanuel A.B. Turay, about one hundred students are to graduate this year from the various faculties and departments.
This year’s convocation he explained will be more remarkable as the University of Makeni has produced their first set of students with LLB Degrees in Law and have been admitted into the Law School in Freetown. This convocation will also admit a local Sierra Leonean businessman, Mr. Vincent L. Kanu to the degree of Doctor of Social Entrepreneurship (Honoris Causa) for his achievements in the business sector. Several personalities will be awarded with certificates of excellence taking into consideration their service for the common good.
The first set of graduands for Masters in Sustainable Development including the present Mayor of Makeni City will also receive their awards during this convocation, he added.
Mr. Turay further disclosed that the MBA Programme in Global Business and Sustainability will also be launched during the convocation ceremony. The UNIMAK MBA Programme aims to create a sustainable higher entrepreneurship education in Sierra Leone through training and to support young, local entrepreneurs involved in the start-up of economically viable and environmentally sustainable businesses in the sectors of agriculture and energy access/efficiency. The MBA programme is expected to kick-start in July this year.
The ceremony will be climaxed with a grand lunch organised for the invited dignitaries and guests from home and abroad in the newly-completed six hundred capacity auditorium at the Fatima Campus in Makeni city.
The University spokesman also extends an invitation to all and sundry to attend this year’s convocation on Saturday 15th February 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Fatima Campus in Makeni.

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