There is a South African word – “Ubuntu” – that is shared across several African cultures. It describes a spirit of interconnectedness, humanness and mutuality. Ubuntu, meaning “I am what I am because of who we are”.
It is also a philosophy that captures the unique experience that has brought together members of Ivey’s community with African Business Schools in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Ghana.
The over-arching goal of this initiative is to assist African Business Schools who are trying to build their capabilities for case-based pedagogy in management education – an effort consistent with the Global Goal for Quality Education announced in September 2015. We partner with them to bring Ivey’s unique knowledge and competencies in this area.
In the Ubuntu spirit of interconnectedness this initiative also provides a unique and compelling opportunity for Ivey students to develop a richer understanding of specific African business environments, cultures and achieve personal growth through service.