Despite the current economic recession in the country, companies continued to look for talent at the 14th MBA Career Fair held at Lagos Business School today. As MBA students prepare to graduate in March, the fair was organised to give them the opportunity to interact with interested companies as well as seek internship positions – for the first year students.
The participating companies and students were welcomed by the Dean of LBS, Dr Enase Okonedo and the MBA Director, Dr Uchenna Uzo. Both members of the LBS Management Board took turns to thank and assure the participating companies that they had made the right decision to hire talent for high performance.
The keynote address, given by Charles Anudu, CEO, Swift Networks, was hinged on the importance of entrepreneurs taking advantage of opportunities in a recession. "Entrepreneurs pursue opportunities relentlessly, they make an effort and don't wait for opportunities to come to them, you need to be able to capture opportunities in a recession "he said.
Representatives from most of the companies expressed that they had high expectations and were hopeful to identify talent that will be a good fit for their organisations. Adesuwa Nwokedi, Head, Strategy, Vurin Group, shared "Lagos Business School has a reputation of churning out quality graduates year after year. I have had the opportunity and privilege of working with their graduates as far back as 4 to 5 years ago" she said.
A number of LBS MBA alumni students also participated in the fair as recruiters and representatives of their organisations. When asked how it felt to be back, Oluwatosin Adegun, Senior Client Executive, Nielsen Nigeria (MBA 11) said "It feels great to be back. It is like coming back home, I spent two years of my life sitting here till about 9pm every day, it is always good to come back and meet people. This was a starting point for me at a certain time in my life. There was a lot imbibed in me while I was a student of Lagos Business School; the culture of ethics, culture of hard work, the notion of becoming a better person and being a change agent wherever you find yourself".
The companies that participated in this year's career fair include: Airtel, Gr8 Jobsng, Stanbic IBTC, BOSCH, Nielsen, ARM Limited, Brownstone Education and Immigration Consulting, Dow, Vurin Group, Saro Agro sciences, Godrej, Lafarge, Nestle, Ideas House, Total, The Boston Consulting Group, Unilever, Dalberg, GTBank, GE and BASF.
The 6th edition, of the Agribusiness Management Programme, AgMP 6, commenced at the School on Monday, February 13, 2017. The class comprises of 42 professionals in the agribusiness value chain.
Participants were given a guided tour of the School's facilities upon their arrival before settling in for the classroom sessions for the day.
Speaking at the welcome cocktail, participants expressed high expectations of the programme. Adeoye Durodola, CEO, Joad Geo Project Limited, hopes the programme will enable him have an in-depth understanding of agribusiness value chain strategies. "I want to branch into agriculture and I hope to have an understanding of the agribusiness value chains strategies" he said.
For Oladipo Bolaji, Agribusiness analyst, Union bank, he hopes the programme will enable him sharpen his skills as an agribusiness analyst "I want to know global best practices in doing things along various agricultural value chains this will enable me sharpen my skills so I can be able to advice customers better" he said.
The AgMP is an innovative and stimulating learning experience that integrates classroom knowledge and theory with action learning. It nurtures agribusiness managers and leaders to apply practical skills and solutions to their roles in organisations. Both the content and design of this intensive programme are based on a comprehensive needs analysis and innovative design process done in collaboration with Agribusiness industry practitioners and experts.
The 2nd edition of the Management Acceleration Programme, MAP 2, began at the School on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The class is made up of professionals from different sectors of the Nigerian economy including oil and gas, telecoms, services, pharmaceuticals and financial services.
Participants were welcomed by the Alumni Director, Mrs Bunmi Afolabi. They were also given a guided tour of the School's facilities before settling in for the classroom sessions for the day.
Speaking at the welcome cocktail, participants expressed high expectations of the programme. Anthony Akaeze, Front Office Manager, Golden Tulip, hopes the programme enhances his managerial capacity.
For Chinazo Okoye, Project Manager,Enterprise Development Centre, she hopes the programme will enable her become an effective leader as well as an effective manager.
The MAP equips emerging leaders for their leadership journey, providing actionable knowledge and tools that empower them to meet the heavy demands and high expectations of their organisations. The programme design draws from LBS' experience in creating transformational educational experiences for high-potential managers over the last two decades, as well as practical insights from skilled talent managers.
Godrej Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Godrej Consumer Products Limited visited Lagos Business School yesterday, February, 7, 2016 to showcase their company as an employer of choice to the MBA students.
Speaking on the reason for their interest in Lagos Business School, MBA Students, Navjot Dhar, Human Resource Director, Godrej Limited, stated that LBS is known for producing good talents that add value to organisations. "We want to double our business in the next 5 years, one of the key strengths for any organisation is internal talent, when you think of good talent, the first thing that comes to mind is LBS" he said.
Ayodele Otunjinirin, Marketing Director, Godrej Limited, said Godrej is keen on having MBA students as part of their team because LBS is a world class institution that provides quality education to students.
Godrej group was formed in 1897; it has operations in sixty different countries worldwide and is headquartered in Mumbai, India. Godrej Consumer Products Limited is India's single largest home-grown FMCG Company The brands portfolio, enjoys the trust of more than 500 million consumers worldwide every day.
28 Deans and Directors declare that "Global Business Education is the Best Antidote to Economic Nationalism" and make a committment to promote of global business education.
In response to the increase in global businesses and technology across markets and societies, the Dean of Lagos Business School, Dr Enase Okonedo in partnership with 27 other deans and directors of business schools from around the world have committed to a joint learning experience that will span different cultures and countries. This was announced in a press release issued on February, 7, 2017 on the platform of the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM).
An ever increasing penchant for populism, economic nationalism, anti-globalization rhetoric, among others makes global exchange and engagement more important today. To this end, the member business schools of the Global Network for Advance Management (GNAM) are committing themselves to understand the prominent challenges market economies go through in the face of political sentiment, deliver on responsibilities which help in the development of principled leaders who produce value and access to opportunities and to support the rights of faculty, students, alumni and knowledge partners to participate freely in programmes and advocating for the benefits of global exchange on education and businesses.
Lagos Business School is a member of the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM). GNAM is a network consisting of 29 top international business schools worldwide. The network is dedicated to driving innovation in management education through cross cultural exchange and engagement.
To read the official press release from GNAM please follow this link:- http://advancedmanagement.net/news/2017/02/deans-and-directors-global-business-education-best-antidote-economic-nationalism
The MBA advertising contest, an annual event for LBS MBA first year participants held on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The contest was launched in 2014 as part of the Introduction to Marketing Management course.
Judged by marketing communication experts: Shola Adegborioye, Executive Director, Creative Xone, and Yetude Adesina, Executive Director, Primagarnet. The students were divided into various groups and each group created a television advert to promote one of three products; five star hotel, plantain chips and commercial bank.
Two groups, group 3 (Adaeze Mba, Bukola Ariyo, Daniel Udo, Olugbenga Sonaike, Taibat, Dayo) and group 4 (Emeka Ezechukwu, Akinola Owolabi, Olubukola Oyegbola, Omolola Ogundipe, Nnenna Ogoke, Ilerioluwa Akinkugbe) emerged winners of the contest as they displayed enticing strategies that will help trigger the purchase decisions of "chow chips" and "chippy chipps" plantain chips respectively.
Speaking on the performance of the students Shola Adegborioye, Executive Director, Creative Xone, stated that he was extremely impressed. "This is my third year of accessing this, for most of the students none of them have done advertising before, for them to have come out with these kind of ideas and production is extremely impressive" he said.
Yetunde Adesina, Executive Director, Primagarnet also commended the students for a job well done. "The students did a very good job, I saw a lot of passion. A lot of good thinking went into it before they executed. They tried as much as possible to bring in some production values, the quality of the pictures, editing and packaging were excellent" she said.
Dr Ijeoma Nwagwu, Centre Manager, First Bank Sustainability Centre (FBSC) has joined the advisory board of the Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) of the Network on Business Sustainability (NBS).
"LBS was the best choice for my exchange because it is the best business school in Africa which teaches about business in Africa's largest economy, Nigeria" Katsuro Taniyuchi, MBA student, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Katsuro Taniyuchi, MBA student from University of Cape Town, South Africa is currently on a three-month student exchange programme at LBS. Speaking on his reason for choosing LBS for his exchange, Taniyuchi stated that LBS was the best choice for him because it is the best business school in Africa which will allow him the opportunity to learn about the business dynamics in Africa's largest economy, Nigeria. "LBS was the best choice for my exchange because it is the best business school in Africa which teaches about business in Africa's largest economy, Nigeria" he said.
Taniyuchi noted that one of the things he loves most about LBS is the fact that the School adopts a very hands-on case study approach in teaching. "I really commend the lecture style at LBS. I love how the lecturers make use of a lot of case studies and business examples relating to Nigeria and Africa, as this allows me have a better understanding of what is being taught" he said.
Outside the learning experience, Taniyuchi further acknowledged that LBS is indeed a global institution as the facilities, food and environment at LBS are top-notch and world-class standard.
LBS has student exchange agreements with various business schools worldwide. They include; IPADE Business School, IESEG School of Management, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, IESE Business School and Bocconi University.
In order to foster the spirit of togetherness, participants of the Strategic Business Leadership Programme, a custom programme designed for GTBank managers, took part in various team building exercises yesterday, Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
One of the team building activities, an outdoor exercise called "changes", involved the physical effort of participants. Participants were made to stand in circles and were instructed to move into their various partners circles at intervals. This exercise was carried out in order to foster communication and promote team bonding in a relaxed and friendly environment outside the classroom.
Another team bonding activity carried out was a puzzle game called "eschers puzzle", the participants came together in various groups to fix the pieces of the puzzle in record time. Speaking on the team bonding activities carried out, Wole Ketoku, Operation Head, GTBank, said the exercises were very effective because it showed him the importance of being in a team as it brings out creative output.
Fadeke Esho, GTBank, stated that the activities fostered communication amongst the team members.
Lagos Business School (LBS) recently became a member of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). GMAC which is a non-profit organisation of leading graduate business schools in the world, is also the owner and administrator of the GMAT exam. This membership puts LBS in the league of 220 leading graduate business schools worldwide, to become affiliates of the Graduate Management Admission Council.
By this membership, LBS aims to assist with the work of the council by building closer engagement with GMAC in order to grow domestic management talent in Nigeria and across Africa.
GMAC membership is offered by invitation only and at the discretion of the Council's Board of Directors. Invited schools are required to complete a rigorous application process that addresses the school's sustained commitments to supporting the Council's mission of providing quality graduate management education, fair and ethical treatment of candidates and students as well as serving the graduate management education community.