JU organized a curriculum review workshop as part of its effort to launch a new post graduate Executive MBA program in Agribusiness. The curriculum has been developed in collaboration with the Maastricht School of Management (lead partner) and Wageningen University both from the Netherlands, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The workshop was held on 12th April, 2017 at Jimma University’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Conference Hall and attended by representatives from various higher learning institutions and relevant public and private organizations in Ethiopia.
The guest of honour at the opening of the workshop, Professor Fikre Lemessa, President of JU stated that JU has always been keen to address the national policy priorities of the government in delivering its services and especially in launching new training programs at under and post graduate level. JU has been a trailblazer in launching new programs that are not being offered in other Ethiopian public Universities of which the new Executive MBA program in Agribusiness is the latest one.
He further underlined that the new executive MBA program that we are going to launch after this workshop will have a meaningful contribution in strengthening the untapped and less exploited agribusiness sector in Ethiopia. The country is nowadays experiencing growth in the textile industry, animal products, cut flowers, fruits, vegetables, agro processing industries and others. This has further enhanced the agribusiness market opportunities in the country which necessitates well trained and competent work force to bridge the existing gap in the labor market. The role of professionals in the area in providing knowledge based leadership and in activating the sector cannot be overstated.
The draft curriculum was critically reviewed by two scholars with high level of expertise and international exposure in the field namely, Dr. Arief Daryanto from Indonesia and Dr. Bezabhi Emana from Ethiopia, who highlighted the international experiences in delivering Executive MBA in agribusiness and indicated major areas for considerations and improvement in the draft curriculum.