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08 Jan 2007

Ethiopia's MBA students graduate with the OU Business School

Reaffirming its commitment to helping Ethiopia increase its management capabilities, the OU Business School is delighted to announce that around 50 students will receive their Master of Business Administration awards on 14 January 2007.

The ceremony will take place in Addis Ababa and will be attended by the graduates as well as four of the OU tutors and the Business School’s regional manager, Vyv Pettler.

This fifth cohort of students includes government and non-government students sponsored from the public and private sector. They have been studying through the OU Business School partnership with the British Council in Addis Ababa and the Addis Ababa University College of Commerce since May 2003.

The British Council plays a diverse and active role in Ethiopia, aiming to make a positive contribution to the country’s social and economic development, while promoting Britain as a leading partner in educational and cultural fields. This complements the global imperative inherent within the OU’s mission to promote educational opportunity and social justice through the provision of high-quality university education to all.

The OU Business School’s MBA project was established in Ethiopia in 1992 with the aim of equipping students with essential management skills to assist in the socio-economic development of the country. The programme involves OU Business School tutors from the UK and mainland Europe, travelling to Addis Ababa to conduct tutorials and hold residential schools. It has achieved considerable success and this ceremony will see the School’s total number of MBA graduates in Ethiopia exceed 230, a figure which includes the Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi.

Commenting on the ceremony, Professor James Fleck, the School’s Dean, said: “We are proud that so many students in Ethiopia are reaching the high standards required for this award. The MBA is an internationally renowned degree specially developed for senior managers who are seeking the highest quality and advanced management training. The OU Business School’s programme in Ethiopia continues to widen student participation and equip its graduates with the skills to play a vital role in the future of the country.”

MBA classes consist of groups of experienced individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, coming together in a dynamic learning environment. Back in their organisations, the senior managers apply what they learn to effect important changes that contribute significantly to the continued success of the country’s national transformation strategy.

The sixth cohort of students is currently studying on their first elective course and they are expected to finish their last course in November 2008. It is also hoped that a seventh cohort will start in May 2007.

The ceremony is among more than 20 that are held for Open University graduates in the UK and internationally each year. The last ceremony in Ethiopia was held in August 2004.

Editor’s Notes
The OU Business School is one of Europe’s leading business schools and the major provider of management development programmes delivered by supported open learning. It is one of an elite group of UK and European business schools to hold the prestigious triple of:
- accreditation from the US-based AACSB International;
- the EQUIS quality kitemark from the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd);
- and accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for its MBA.

The OU Business School has 30,000 students in the UK and more than 30 countries. Since its inception in 1983, more than 150,000 managers have studied an OU Business School course at Certificate, Diploma or MBA level; of those, 17,000 have successfully completed their MBA and joined one of the three largest alumni associations for MBA graduates outside the United States.

The School is among the largest schools and faculties of The Open University, itself the largest university in the UK. The university is ranked fifth of all UK universities in the table for teaching quality published in the Sunday Times University Guide 2006.

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