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Moi University secures US school partnership

18 July 2014, 14:26

Nairobi - Moi University welcomed the partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to develop a ten-week pilot study programme designed to impart foundational business knowledge and skills among scholars.

Beginning in late September, the Foundation of Social Commerce study programme will help participants understand the commercial and social outcomes of business.

Todd Robberson, senior lecturer of finance at the Kelley School, will teach the pilot programme, limited to 50 participants.

“What we’re trying to do is give people knowledge that will take them from being just good at making pottery to having a commercially viable pottery business,” he said.

“We’re talking about basic fundamental knowledge: revenues, expenses, debt, equity, cash flow. We want to make sure that what they’re good at doing they can do in a financially sustainable manner. Ultimately that will enhance their lives,” said Robertson.

Participants who successfully finish Foundations of Social Commerce will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Kelley School.

They will be eligible to enroll in future programme offerings.

“This represents a real step up in the training opportunities that we can offer people in Western Kenya,” said Ian McIntosh, Director of International partnerships at IUPUI.

“One of the critically identified needs in Kenya is training people in a way that gives them the opportunity to lift their standard of living. This is about giving people the basic entrepreneurial skills to do that.”

While many American colleges and universities are involved in humanitarian or aid projects in Kenya and other African nations, the focus on imparting business knowledge offers a change in thinking about how to better the lives of those living in developing countries, officials said.

 - CAJ News

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