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CIU SoBAT Technology MBA: “Developing business leaders with technology skills to transform Uganda & beyond”

Uganda needs more people with sound business and technology skills to help develop economic wealth, employment, and high value-add foreign income which in turn meets its social development needs. While aid and charity can help meet certain needs, we know these solutions are not sustainable in the long term. Enterprise both social and commercial is the answer. Particular areas of opportunity are health sciences, agri-business & food processing, ICT, education, energy, creative industries and tourism.

Uganda and its national neighbours have some of the fastest growing populations in the world, and an opportunity exists to educate the region’s youth in ways that can realise these opportunities. Business & technology management in particular sectors is one of the fundamental skill needs. There is actually a global shortage of effective business managers with a sound understanding of technology. Uganda has an opportunity to develop “leapfrog” capability in this area.

CIU’s new School of Business & Applied Technology is offering an accredited MBA program with the aim of developing a team of graduates with the right skills and character to lead transformation for Uganda and beyond through business.

This program will build on the progress SoBAT has already made in developing a differentiated learning environment through its various business and ICT degree programs, short courses and executive education programs.

Due to the heritage of the university in developing technology skills and health science capability, the emphasis of the MBA will be on technology, with the opportunity to major in health management.

Why Choose a Technology MBA from SoBAT

Technology focus: Our program combines the development of business and technology management skills, building on the success of our practical ICT and Leadership program. Live cases will have a technology emphasis.  Students will have the option of taking additional technology courses inclusive within the cost.  Our local and international lecturers come with technology and innovation experience

International business lecturers: A distinguishing feature of the program is faculty and guest lecturers who are business leaders with international and technology management experience, and who will work with students on real business issues.

Experiential skills & character: Our approach is experiential learning with a focus on developing soft skills and character. We are a values-based university, placing a high emphasis on integrity, doing what we say and encouraging a strong work ethic

E-learning blend: We work with a blend of classroom and online learning. 

Modular 2 day week-ends: The course is modular, which means flexibility for students in when to take the various courses that make up the program.  Course modules will run over a full Friday and Saturday,  once every two weeks.  In between classroom sessions,  students will engage online with webinars, discussion sessions and assignments. 

Sector focus: In their second year projects, students will be expected to specialise and gain practical experience in one or more of our core industry sectors: Health, ICT, Agri-business & food processing, Tourism, and Energy & Oil.

Partnership with Abacus Business School:   We are offering this program in partnership with Abacus Business School, the leading provider of Executive Education in Uganda and provider of the CFO Leadership Academy. Abacus faculty will teach on the MBA program.  Most importantly, we share the same values of integrity and a strong work ethic.

Health Business Think Tank

The MBA will be able to leverage off CIU’s strong research capability in health and technology, which is encapsulated in the work of the CIU Think Tank on “Opportunities for Uganda in the Global Health Market”.  This Think Tank which meets once a month, is exploring health technology, health systems, agri-health and health tourism.  Outputs from the Think Tank include articles on “promoting health-care instead of sick-care”, the set-up of a Health Promotion Company, a website promoting Health Plants of Uganda and the development of a course on “commercialising and scaling innovation”.

Pioneering Applied ICT and Leadership program

The MBA will also draw experience and faculty from our successful  Certificate program, which has a heavy emphasis on practical skills application and leads to real software ventures and ICT projects for clients. This program focuses on experiential learning and is taught primarily by local and international IT practitioners, whose experience includes working at Accenture, Xerox, Intel, HP, Deloitte and Hult International Business School. To date, this program has had 42 students graduate, 4 startups incubated, with three winning national awards and receiving funding of $10,000 each, 18 new entrepreneurs and 24 gainfully employed (www.appliedict.ciu.ac.ug). Through the pilot phase, the program has undergone several iterations in order to align to the requirements of the industry.

Through the different interventions, CIU has identified a model that enables new graduates to significantly upskill in a period of three months. Using blended approaches for classroom learning, soft skills training, practical experience and exposure to potential employers, it has seen great results in successfully transitioning graduates of the program into gainful employment. Using the agile methodology, it has been able to iterate the curriculum based on the changing industry requirements. In order to further develop the ICT ecosystem, and under the brand of LIFT256, it has also developed an Accelerator program to provide mentoring, funding, support services and accountability for ICT entrepreneurs.  It is now in a position where it is able to scale its capacity building initiatives further.

Faculty / Learning Facilitators

One of the distinguishing features of our MBA program is that our faculty and learning facilitators are business leaders with international experience, and will work with students on real business issues.  Some of our team are listed below:

Vertical sector focus

The main focus of the School of Business & Applied Technology is on Health, Agri-business & Technology. 

  • Health represents the university’s 10 year heritage, and that of the Clarke Group which has pioneered the development of a private health sector in Uganda.
  • Agri-business represents Uganda’s main industry, and potentially biggest offer to the global marketplace. It is one of the most fertile countries in the world, and yet remains highly under-developed. 60% of the worlds unused but available agricultural space is in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Uganda is at the heart of this opportunity.  
  • Technology is the great opportunity for Uganda to provide global solutions in Health and Agri-business.

The CIU offers the opportunity to major in any of the following sector focuses, through the Year 2 practical project, and indeed encourages projects which straddle the intersection between these sectors.

  1. Health Management & Technology *
  2. Agri-business and Food Processing
  3. ICT and Business Services
  4. Tourism
  5. Energy & Oil
Convenient Modular Curriculum supported by Online Learning
Costs and sponsorship

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