Lagos Business School hosted students from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today, August 9, 2017.
The visit to the School was part of the activities of the Public Sector and Innovation Field Trip organised in partnership with the Lagos State Government.
Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Vice President International Student Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government stated that the idea behind the public sector leadership and innovation field visit to Nigeria is to show some of the brightest and best students from HKS and MIT the beauty, talent and accomplishments of Nigeria and Nigerians.
Akerele-Ogunsiji, further noted that the students had to come to Lagos Business School because the School is a case study of success and excellence in the educational system in Nigeria. “We brought students from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and MIT because we wanted them to see our version of the Harvard Business School here in Nigeria. There is no way you will talk about the success of Nigeria’s education and educational excellence in Lagos without mentioning Lagos business school. LBS is the stable success story and case study for such a narrative” she said.
The students were welcomed by the Dean of Lagos Business School, Dr Enase Okonedo. She gave the students a brief insight into the history and operations of Lagos Business School. “Our focus has always been on the professional development of managers. In the last few years, we have started attracting people from across Africa, and other parts of the world. Lagos Business School focuses on certain issues which a lot of institutions across Africa are not addressing. Issues such as creativity, being able to think outside of the box; adaptability and problem solving” Okonedo said.
The students who visited were impressed by the world class standards of LBS. Hikaru Ouchi, Japanese Diplomat and Student of HKS said “My visit to LBS has been really eye opening; I have not visited any kind of school in Africa like this. The fact that LBS provides management education to people in Nigeria and across Africa is really inspiring, as I feel it will have a great impact on the development of Nigeria and Africa as a whole” she said.
Kinga Tshering, Former Member of Parliament, Kingdom of Bhutan said “I have been really impressed by LBS. The standards here are truly world class. It is one of the most impressive institutions I have seen not only in Nigeria but in Africa. It can be compared to any institution in the world”.
The visit ended with a cocktail networking session.