New Agribusiness course open to students throughout Africa

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the partners of the new AGCO Agribusiness Program on 25 September. From left to right: Simon Mwangi, CEO/Founder The Bridge Africa Group Ltd, Kenya; AGCO’s Nuradin Osman; Dr George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School and Dr Andy Wilcox, Head of Crop & Environment Science, Harper Adams University, UK.
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the partners of the new AGCO Agribusiness Program on 25 September. From left to right: Simon Mwangi, CEO/Founder The Bridge Africa Group Ltd, Kenya; AGCO’s Nuradin Osman; Dr George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School and Dr Andy Wilcox, Head of Crop & Environment Science, Harper Adams University, UK.

About 25 African students aged 20-30 will benefit from a new agribusiness course known as the AGCO Agribusiness Program (AAP) and thereafter get job opportunities  at  AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment) the program will be conducted in partnership with a select business institutions in Africa
AGCO, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with partners Strathmore Business School (SBS) in Kenya, Harper Adams University in the UK and Kenya-based The Bridge Africa which runs programs to prepare graduates for employment.

Scheduled to commence in March 2018, the AAP will deliver an accredited two-year agribusiness program through SBS in Nairobi, Zambia and South Africa, leading to potential job opportunities within AGCO Africa. Going forward, the aim is to extend the program and offer the course using remote and blended learning techniques.

“This is a strong business-oriented program that will provide training in critical skills and develop leadership and strategic expertise to drive African agricultural prosperity, It underlines our approach to ensure Africa is run from Africa. Upon completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to be placed within the AGCO Africa organisation, thus providing excellent job prospects. It’s a win-win situation for all those involved.” Says Nuradin Osman, AGCO Vice President and General Manager Africa.

Commenting Dr George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School said: “Through this partnership, we are confident that we have the capacity to meet the needs of the agricultural sector. The program will integrate both theoretical and industrial relevance to address the current trends in the sector.”

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