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Three elements shall help us in this process;
- Stengthen the use of problem solving methodologies as an overall approach to learning at IU
- Integration with the world of business and the public sector when planing our educational offerings and applied research
- Involvement of our student body in the gradual transformation towards a preferred University
I look forward to working with you all, IU students, colleagues and management.
Mr. Solomon Wanyiri - Chairman, School of Business
Work-Ready Way of Studying Business at University
Are you interested in learning about real-life business while taking a degree? IU School of Business now offers the opportunity.
As per the May intake 2012, School of Business will go the extra mile of providing our new students with competencies aligning them directly with market needs in business and government.
To do this, we
- collaborate strategically with the corporate sector to give you an edge in the market.
- train your capability of unorthodox problem solving in businesses and society in close collaboration with peers in a team
- give you the relevant theories and tools. In addition, we facilitate you into practicing these theories and tools as you learn through applying them in individual and group based projects
- are learner-oriented and not exam-oriented. In fact, we “assess your learning progress” rather than “examine your cramming prowess”
- offer a broad variety of specializations towards the Diploma in Management or the Bachelor of Commerce
Benefits in short
- Work-ready competencies
- Cooperative learning
- Project working methodology
- Flexibility of studying
During the Diploma in Management and the Bachelor of Commerce IU School of Business students in groups will be asked to investigate issues of a real-life nature related to companies and organizations in the Kenyan society. Examples:
- Describe and analyze the value chain of company xx.
- How does company xx make its money?
- Identify and quantify the customer segments of NGO xx.
IU SoB will assist organize the relationship and data collection process through our wide network of business partners.
To identify, evaluate and help solving a real-life problem in business, society or government, is a professional skill that requires training. At IU School of Business, we are training this valuable skill systematically from day one, using tools and theories that will equip our graduates to be attractive in the eyes of their future employers in the private and public sector. Students will…
- learn to work in groups (Also individual projects)
- be involved in defining and scoping the group project theme
- be tutored on the group project by experienced faculty, i.e. on the methodology to be used collecting and analyzing the data
- contribute to the group’s conclusions and recommendations based on the analyzis, and
- present and defend the project and its conclusions to an assessment panel
Practicing theories and tools
All academic programs presuppose that the students acquire a certain level of understanding of theories and study methodology. At IU School of Business, we focus on how the theories can be applied and used to put observations in society and the private and public sectors in context. We strive to teach theories in such a way that they become an integrated part of your learning. The goal is not primarily to satisfy formal exam requirements but to identify their value as vehicles towards understanding and developing a business in its societal environment.
Knowledge acquired primarily to pass an exam is often soon forgotten. To become part of a person’s competence she or he needs to have experienced the relevance of the knowledge/the theory and how it can make a difference in a specific context. Even better, knowledge that the student him or herself explores or discovers tend to last! At IU School of Business, we have replaced most classical exam sessions by assessing our students through presentations and defence of their findings in the team and individually. This comes closer to the needs in daily operations.
Specialization options for DIM students are:
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Human Resource Management
- Office Management
Specialization options for BCOM students are:
- Business Information Systems
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Entreprenuership and Innovation
- Financial Management
- Human Resource