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Kenya-based Africa Management Initiative has been recognized for the use of innovative approaches in higher education to enhance student learning and employability.

The global awards known as “The Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education” is organized by QS Quacquarelli Symonds (the University ranking organization), in partnership with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

AMI, a social enterprise established in 2012 to tackle Africa’s management capacity gap, leverages technology to empower African managers and entrepreneurs through practical, accessible and locally relevant learning tools.

“We are pleased to be recognized amongst the world’s most innovative learning institutions for using innovation in developing online courses with top business schools, to tackle Africa’s management capacity gap,” said AMI CEO of AMI Rebecca Harrison.

African Management Initiative (AMI) was the runner-up in the Enterprise category that was won by For Class Ltd that has developed a solution: a single tool that drives student engagement through accountability, while streamlining content distribution, student assessment and classroom management for faculty – the first and only tool to combine these three elements.

“Our goal is to reach 1 million African managers and entrepreneurs over the next decade enabling them develop new skills and build their businesses by providing access to world-class learning tools for free or very low-cost,” adds Ms Harrison.

“Our courses are practical and proudly African.  Our platform is easy-to-use, and can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on a computer or mobile phone.”

NunzioQuacquarelli, Managing Director of QS says “QS recognizes that world university rankings cannot measure the incredible innovations in learning solutions taking place in universities and enterprises around the world. Wharton QS Stars Awards: Reimagine Education is our answer. We want to shine a light on the very best learning and employability solutions around the world, for the benefit to current and the next generation of students.”

The global competition received submissions from 427 universities and enterprises from 43 countries with 21 awards judged by a panel of 25 international experts – a ‘who’s who’ of higher education.

AMI has partnered with Africa’s most prestigious business schools, including leading business schools; Strathmore Business School in Kenya, the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in South Africa and Lagos Business School in Nigeria. AMI has already trained over 7,000 managers in 25 countries.

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