Dec. 18, 2012
-- London Business School has recently introduced the Global Business Experience Programme (GBE) for the current year Full-time MBA programme students. This is the second trip for the year and students were taken to Johannesburg, South Africa. The group comprised of 96 strong individuals and led by two senior faculty members with expertise in different areas.
The programme aims at introducing students to different working environments especially ones that are in fast moving and demanding areas. The initiative is designed to push students to higher limits and engaging and involving them to enhance their capabilities. They get to work together on group projects with other students, whom they are unfamiliar with.
For this particular trip the theme is ‘Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth: The Role of Micro-Entrepreneurs’
. The micro-entrepreneurs although a nicknamed “the freelance economy” contributes to mainstream economy more than people realise. The focus of this GBE to introduce the students to the on goings of Micro-entrepreneurs, what makes them tick and a wholesome experience in regards with Emerging economies such as South Africa.
One of the MBA students from the group said of the GBE, “Africa really is a destination with many exciting opportunities to really capitalise on its future growth potential. For me, which GBE to choose was a no brainer. I grew up in Kenya and have spent the past 13 years in the West. Following the MBA, I am planning to move back to Africa and I would like to learn more about the opportunities available.”
She further added, “I think that a week in Johannesburg will help to provide a much better feel for the region and industry. Additionally, this particular GBE has a strong focus on entrepreneurship and social enterprise and is led by leading faculty members from this field. As this is an area of interest for me, it made the Johannesburg GBE the perfect choice.”
Some of the speakers, who shared their experience and expertise for the benefit of the students, included Ebenezer Essoka, the CEO of Standard Charter Bank and an alumnus of the school. The group of students visited various companies and also had a chance to work with some micro-entrepreneurs set-up in Alexandra, Johannesburg.
This is the second GBE for the year, with the first one being in New York and the remaining options being Mumbai, Hong Kong and Istanbul. The students for 2012-2013 MBA Programme may select any one of these destinations which may match their sensibilities.
For more information, please visit; http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba.html