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The School of Business & Applied Technology aspires to usher in a new way of training and tooling business professionals.  We aim to become a leading Ugandan business school that offers development of global business skills, applicable to a local business context aimed at achieving a social development agenda which increases wealth and welfare in Uganda, building on current business school best practice, the latest technological capabilities and capitalising on Uganda’s growing faith-based culture

Uganda needs more people with sound business and technology skills to help develop economic wealth, employment, and high value-add foreign income which in turn meets its social development needs.  While aid and charity can help meet certain needs, we know these solutions are not sustainable in the long term.  Enterprise both social and commercial is the answer.  Particular areas of opportunity are health sciences, agri-business & food processing, ICT, education, energy, creative industries and tourism.

Uganda and its national neighbours have some of the fastest growing populations in the world, and an opportunity exists to educate the region’s youth in ways that can realise these opportunities. Business & technology management in particular sectors is one of the fundamental skill needs. 

The core philosophy of this program is to prioritise core skills which draws from conversations and research with businesses and business experts that recruit or would be interested in recruiting business graduates, both in Uganda and globally.   We believe that current business school education, both in Uganda and in many international business schools, does not adequately cover these skills, many of which, we would be classed as “soft” management skills.  These will be a priority in the IHSU Business School curriculum and will supplement the more traditional business school functional subjects. 

There is an increasing recognition of the intersections between health, ICT and business.  Through untapped and developing natural resources and technological opportunities, the country has significant opportunities to develop in the areas of:

  1. Agriculture and food processing
  2. Tourism & leisure
  3. Creative industries
  4. Health technology
  5. Oil & gas / sustainable energy

In addition, Uganda has one of the fastest growing populations in the world, and an opportunity exists to educate Uganda’s youth in ways that can realise these opportunities. Business is one of the fundamental skill-needs.

Current provision of business skills development is not adequate.  Although Uganda has a plethora of business schools, the schools have tended to emphasize business theory over practice, and prioritise academic expertise and memorization over practical business experience in the teaching and delivery approach.

Employers seeking business skills look at least for education qualifications from overseas. While this may have been helpful up to now, it is not sustainable.  Uganda needs to grow its own skills, and is capable of doing so.

“The people of the lake share a beautiful culture…The paradox we face is that while there are many vacancies for which skills are lacking, we are not short of people who are qualified in quixotic subjects. They just cant do a decent day’s work .. Having lost idiomatic skills of our ancestors that aided critical thinking, need we wonder that we have become square pegs in round holes” 

Source:  Samuel Sejjaaka , Country Team Leader at Abacus Business School. Article in Saturday Monitor Sept 2nd 2017.

Furthermore, even top international business schools are failing to deliver the skills that employers really need – soft leadership skills such as: integrity, execution, critical thinking, working with risk & diversity and effective communication & influencing skills.  There has been much debate about the contribution of business schools to the kinds of behaviours which led to the banking crisis in 2008.  Uganda has an opportunity to not only learn from the past, but to also offer a better form of business education, building on a growing faith-based culture, an explosion of entrepreneurial efforts, an increasing recognition that business experts need to be trained differently, and emerging opportunities for centers of excellence where this training can be fostered.

The School of Business & Applied Technology aspires to usher in a new way of training and tooling business professionals. 

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St. Barnabas Road, Kampala-Namuwongo
3rd Floor, International Hospital Kampala
P.O. Box 7782 Kampala, Uganda 
(+256) 312 307-400
sobat@ihsu.ac.ug

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