The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and Lagos Business School (LBS) have collaborated to introduce the Master of Business Administration program, the Senior Management Program (SMP) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).
According to Ken Opara, President/Chairman, CIBN, the programs will give participants prime opportunities to update their management skills and strategic thinking and also allow them to gain a deep understanding of the current business environment, helping them to implement strategies. for effective change processes.
“I would like to state that this program is a local variant of the existing relationship the Institute has with Bangor University, which offers a triple qualification of Masters in Business Administration (MBA), ACIB Scotland and ACIB Nigeria,” he said. -he declares.
Represented by CIBN 2nd Vice President Dele Alabi, he noted on March 11, 2022, the institute has taken a step forward to solidify its plans to launch the MBA/SMP/ACIB programs by signing the collaboration with the Lagos Business School.
In his remarks at the official launch of the programs in Lagos, Chris Ogbechie, Dean of the Lagos Business School, said the launch of the programs was a combination of the vision and hard work of the men and women of the great institutions.
Ogbechie noted that the team focused on creating value and positively impacting society through jointly managed knowledge activities.
“What we need now in our country is collaboration, partnerships and COVID-19 has actually taught us that the way forward is collaboration and petitioning,” he said.
Speaking further, he said, “The strategic partnership between our institutions to jointly run these degree and executive programs is for the benefit of our members who will carry on and with knowledge to solve society’s problems.”
Ngozi Chidozie, Partner, Head of Strategy and Client Relations, KPMG, Nigeria, said the LBS/CIBN collaboration is a laudable initiative and will benefit society in various ways.
She said the collaboration will improve the quality of the workforce by producing work-ready students and developing the skills of working professionals.
Chidozie said the two institutions should collaborate to introduce borderless education to enable access to quality learning from any location.
“What we should think from an outside perspective should be education without borders, where people can get education wherever they are. So as we think about this interaction and this partnership with the LBS and the CIBN, and the partnerships that we will have in the future as well. It’s an option we have to consider,” she said.
She encouraged institutions to also start thinking about shorter and specific courses in different areas, professional courses, micro-courses, nano-courses and courses that could be completed in three to four months.
According to her, the collaboration offers opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in the financial services sector.
Kabiru Aderemi Adeyemo, Vice-Chancellor, Lead City University and President, CVCRPUN, speaking on “Solving the Skills Gap: Marrying Professional and Academic Qualifications”, “It is a symbiotic relationship between CIBN and the Lagos Business School”.
This link, he said, is designed to combine theory with practice and equip candidates with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to operate effectively at different levels in the banking industry, academia and professional bodies.
“Nigerian universities must return to the central role of a university, which is education, because we serve to make students think. We need to nurture and train their instinct to understand and search for meaning,” Adeyemo said.