The Association of African Business Schools (AABS) is an association of leading business schools located throughout the African Continent headed since January 2018 by Dr. Ali Elquammah, Co-Director of Academic Affairs and International Relations - HEM Business School. Its mission is to enable all business schools in Africa to contribute towards inclusive economic and social development in the continent by promoting excellence and responsibility in business and management education through capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement.
AABS Connect annual meeting is part of an initiative to promote a high-level of management education intended to provide greater visibility to business schools of the participating countries and also identify growth opportunities: https://www.aabschools.com/events/detail/64.html
The pace of change in Higher Education worldwide continues to pick up speed. Therefore, this year’s AABS annual conference focused on
“Business Schools' Engagement with Industry: Models, Lessons and Impact on Africa”
We sure enjoyed some first class few days that were both informative and enjoyable.
This event provided a platform of information sharing and reflection helping to instill a new inter-African Business School dynamic.
AABS Connect 2018 fulfilled its promise to be a stage for a prestigious audience, which included 81 university Presidents, university Provosts, Deans, Professionals and business entrepreneurs from different nationalities in Africa and around the world, reflecting upon the vital need for a strategic cooperation and collaboration. African Business Schools’ leaders have the role and even the duty to encourage the power of contextual intelligence and to understand the realities of this continent and choose the Africa of tomorrow that is immeasurably young like.
The conference was enriched during this edition at the beginning by a Business Education JAM in collaboration with Professor Howard Thomas from Boston University. This unique event included 2 activities – The first is a virtual dialogue on advancing business education in Africa which took place on the edX EDGE platform, and the second is an on-site symposium.
During the second day of the conference, the association had its annual meeting of the General Assembly where the members of its Board and Secretariat headed by Dr. Ali Elquammah had the pleasure to present the new direction that AABS will take for the next 3 years and to launch the project of an accreditation system for member schools proper to Africa.