The fifth edition of Lagos Business School’s Young Talents Programme (YTP) held on Friday, August 4, 2018, with nearly 50 young, bright minds gathering to gain exposure into possible careers in management research and teaching in the School.
The LBS Young Talents Programme is a platform for engaging with bright and talented university students, opening them up to possibilities in the MBA and Ph.D programmes and shortlisting a select few for the Management Scholarship Academy, a two-year programme expected to prepare them for doctoral degrees.
The day-long programme comprised of class sessions on the history of LBS and becoming a part of its community, panel discussions with YTP alumni members, team presentations overseen by a jury led by LBS faculty, Dr Ijeoma Nwagwu, and a tour of the School campus.
In her welcome address to the participants, LBS Dean, Dr Enase Okonedo describes the 2018 cohort as a “collection of potential leaders.” She went on to encourage them to influence the society through their approach to embarking on their career as she stated that this would be in line with LBS’ core value of Community.
Describing the YTP as a veritable resource to the School, Okonedo said, “Over the last five years, we have recruited a number of the YTP attendees into our Management Scholarship Academy and have supported them in their quest to earn doctoral degrees. We have a good number of them in top schools across the globe, and these are the ones we hope will be the potential faculty of LBS.”
Academic Director of the YTP, Dr Uchenna Uzo who commented on the unique offerings of this fifth edition said, “We have revised the programme curriculum, especially in the aspect of inviting CEOs of successful companies and this has helped make it more impactful. Also, it is in its fifth year that the YTP received international recognition by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as one of the 2018 Innovations that Inspire.”
One of the highlights of the programme was the newly introduced Meet the CEO forum – an interactive session where CEO/Founder of data technology and global marketing firm, Terragon Group, Elo Umeh shared his success story with participants. According to him, they need work experience, formal and informal education and a firm background to start a successful company.
Oluwaseun Oguntoyinbo, an Electrical Engineering graduate of the Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus who participated in the programme spoke on its immediate impact, “I have gained new contacts,of professors, CEOs and other people that can help move my career forward. I have also been introduced to the Management Scholarship Academy which has offered me a path to a Ph.D. abroad”.
The event wrapped with a cocktail session after attendees were presented with a certificate of participation.