African Leadership University
- Sector: Healthcare & Education
- Country of operations: Mauritius
The African Leadership University (ALU) is helping to train the next generation of African business leaders, offering undergraduate degree courses in subjects such as business management, computer science, international business and trade, and entrepreneurship, as well as its flagship MBA programme. It established its first campus in Pamplemousses, northern Mauritius, and has since expanded, opening campuses in Kigali, Rwanda in 2017 and, more recently, in Nairobi, Kenya. As a result of these developments, the university saw its student numbers more than double in 2017 and increase by a further 75% in 2018.
The organisation’s teaching methods are focused on equipping its students with the skills they will need in the real world and encouraging them to take ownership of their own learning and to think in an entrepreneurial fashion.
“By employing the most inspiring teaching methods, ALU is pioneering a new take on higher education and leadership development,” says Fred Swaniker, Founder. “Traditional higher education is based on a professor-centric model. This model will need to adapt to the world of tomorrow due to disruptions from technology and artificial intelligence.”
ALU has plans to rapidly expand the number of campuses over the next few years. Alongside that, it will also expand the student financing scheme it has developed through its African Leadership Finance Company subsidiary, which helps to reduce the upfront cost of education through income share agreements.
“ALU plans to open 10-15 new sites over the next five years across Africa, increasing the number of enrolled students to over 30 times today’s figure,” says Fred. “We will train over 100,000 people over the next five years and we will raise more funding for our student finance company to continue keeping the upfront cost to the student down.”