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The University of Kigali doctoral school hosts an EMBA workshop | The new times

The University of Kigali (UoK) graduate school organized a one-day workshop for its Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) students on July 30. The workshop aimed to bridge the gap between theoretical aspects and practical industry experience and had Deputy Director, Digital Opportunity Trust Rwanda, Dr. Emmanuel Nzeyimana as guest of honour.

Addressing the nature of businesses and businesses after Covid-19, Nzeyimana noted that the pandemic has changed the way businesses and businesses operate.

“As a result of the pandemic, it’s not business as usual,” he noted; adding that the pandemic has required a new way of managing businesses in terms of workforce and operational dynamics.

The second discussion point focused on the challenges faced by business leaders. In this regard, it was pointed out that modern world leaders face a myriad of challenges ranging from macro and micro economic shocks, regulatory frameworks that limit in many ways, changes in the global market and regional integration blocks such as the East African Community. According to Nzeyimana, “regional economic blocs introduce barriers to trade such as legal, cultural and economic factors that entrepreneurs must overcome”.

Participants at the University of Kigali’s one-day workshop for its Executive Masters in Business Administration students on July 30. Courtesy

The last point of discussion focused on the strategies adopted by companies to beat the competition. With advances in technology and highly unpredictable consumer behavior, competition has also increased. Therefore, the workshop highlighted the need for businesses to embrace technology as a tool to gain competitive advantage.

“Technology is a key strategic tool for gaining market share,” added Abdalla Murenzi, a workshop participant.

Human resource management is another key area that business leaders must manage. “Human resources are an asset that needs to be motivated for increased productivity,” noted Dr. Wabala Samuel, HR expert and senior lecturer at the University of Kigali. Dr. Wabala added that personnel management has become a very complex matter as there are complexities in terms of job expectations and individual expectations. He noted that continuous development is needed.

Concluding the workshop, the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Ronald Kwena, appreciated the participants and the knowledge generated by the forum. The Dean also observed that the Executive Master of Business Administration program met his expectations by attracting high-level executives.

The workshop highlighted the need for businesses to embrace technology as a tool to gain competitive advantage.

A one-day workshop was organized by the University of Kigali to bridge the gap between theoretical aspects and practical industry experience. Courtesy

“We are privileged to have highly experienced members of the corporate space such as CEOs, Directors and Managers in our program,” Dean noted. The goal of the program is to attract and empower business leaders in a dynamic business environment.

The Dean finally highlighted that the University of Kigali is adopting innovative means of knowledge sharing including on and off campus discussions for the program.

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