Alma graduation set for Saturday

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STAFF WRITER

SCORES of Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Management along with Master of Science in Governance and Leadership students will graduate at the Harare-based Africa Leadership and Management Academy (Alma) on Saturday.

Alma, an affiliate college of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), was founded in 1999 with a special focus on character transformation as a part of the leadership development process.

Alma’s student affairs executive Tapfumaneyi Graham Chichetu said the college’s degrees, which are accredited by the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (Zimche), combine theological, socio-cultural, and professional skills in problem analysis and solution.

“Alma endeavours to address the leadership challenges in Africa and the need for contextualisation.

“Africa is a continent with great potential for growth and development. Its rich heritage and vast natural resources must, however, be maximised to address its needs,” said Chichetu.

He added that the leadership crisis in Africa is more closely related to moral issues like ethics, integrity and character than it is to the lack of appropriate knowledge and skills.

“The greatest need in Africa today is for skilled leaders of integrity who will spearhead the spiritual, social, moral and economic transformation of the continent.

“This was what set the pace for the vision of Alma of being the premier holistic transformative leadership development academy in Africa and beyond that builds leaders of integrity,” Chichetu said.

But how is Alma, a college steeped in Christian teachings, different from other institutions?

“Alma gives practical learner-centred education, which allows leaders to continue leading within their life and work contexts as well as integrated education that combines theological, socio-cultural, and professional skills in problem analysis and solution,” said Chichetu.

He added that Alma was established, among other things, to develop theologically and professionally informed leaders who are reflective practitioners of governance, leadership and management.

Chichetu said Saturday’s proceedings will be live-streamed on Alma’s Facebook page.

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