Uchechukwu Nnaike

Nigerian chief executive officers have been advised to embrace action learning methodologies to transform their organisations.
The CEO, Business School Netherlands (BSN) in Nigeria, Mr. Lere Baale, who gave the advice in a statement, also announced that all is set for the graduation of 74 MBA students of the school in Scheveningen, The Netherlands.

“Today’s CEOs face onerous internal vulnerabilities and external challenges in an economy fraught with puzzling and chaotic conditions. This is why BSN is launching a special MBA for CEOs as a unique proposition designed to help CEO’s achieve company-wide transformation while equipping them with tough skills to ride the waves of changing economic climate, and achieve sustainable leadership in their respective industries.”

On the graduation, he said a total of 74 fresh MBA students of the school will graduate on October 7, 2017 in The Netherlands. Eleven Nigerians made distinctions (including one Cum Laude) in their final dissertations in the executive MBA programme, while two Nigerians also achieved overall distinctions.

Baale pointed out that the graduands have undergone a programme that toughened their minds to adopt action-oriented solutions through BSN’s proprietary “action learning”, a scientific learning methodology, which enabled them to experience direct impact of what they learnt on themselves, their work, their organisations and their future.

He said BSN’s unique teaching and learning methods have earned the school accolades across the world and endeared it to students, graduates and employers worldwide and particularly in Nigeria.
He therefore enjoined Nigerian CEOS and managers desirous of internationally acknowledged MBA certificates to save themselves the financial stress and mental rigor of funding and procuring international travelling documents and take advantage of the BSN’s presence in Nigeria and its special MBA for CEOs to fulfill their ambitions.

“The BSN MBA is awarded centrally in the Netherlands. The over 488 people that have earned the BSN’s MBA through the Nigerian outreach have had to satisfy the requirements of the parent institution. The certificate awarding ceremonies are also held in the Netherlands to further cement the international status of BSN.”

According to the CEO, the intent of BSNN Action Learning is to contribute to higher education in management learning and facilitate the development of African CEOs and managers’ skills, knowledge, research capabilities and ability to take action with regards to the problems, prospects and challenges facing their own organisations.

“The programmes offered by the school carry the intrinsic character of the Action Learning methodology with a relevant approach to effective management development, which has proven to be one of the critical factors resulting in the business school’s current position as the leading provider of MBA studies, recognised in Europe.”

The Nigerian outreach of BSN commenced operations in October 2003 as one of the affiliate learning centres of BSN across the world and operates from purpose-built facilities in Ikeja GRA, Lagos, and study centres in Abuja FCT and Port Harcourt.

With over 1,400 enrollments, Nigeria has become a leading BSN location in the world, offering experiential action-learning programmes pioneered by BSN. To date the school has graduated over 488 “action learning” MBA researchers, managers and business leaders.
Baale added that the vision of BSN is to be the global provider of excitingly different learning experiences that enable CEOs and managers learn faster than the prevailing rate of change.

“We have kept true to our mission to contribute to higher education in management learning and facilitate the development of African managers’ skills, knowledge, research capabilities and ability to take action with regards to the problems, prospects and challenges facing their own organisations.”
He stated that the school has earned international acclaims and top ranking from global bodies including: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP), eduQua, Institute of Action Learning, and ATEA.

“It had earlier received the Dutch Flemish accreditation known as the NVAO accreditation. These accreditations were based on various strict assessments and criteria, genuinely confirming the quality and success of BSNN educational methods. The CEO Magazine had also rated the school as first-tier among MBA schools globally.”