On 31 August 2020, we launched the Certificate Programme in Leadership, our first online programme. The launching ceremony, officiated by Dr. Moses Kusiluka, Permanent Secretary – State House, was held in the presence of the Institute’s stakeholders. These included Dr. Laurean Ndumbaro, Permanent Secretary – President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance. Programme participants were also present.
This programme is part of our long-term leadership programmes, delivered in collaboration with Aalto University Executive Education of Finland. Designed for African emerging leaders and executives working in any function or industry across the continent, the programme aims to equip participants with tools to strengthen their strategic leadership skills; master service and process developmen; and drive sustainable change. It consists of three modules that are run over the course of six months. Participants are required to commit up to four hours a week in order to complete the syllabus.
In his remarks, Dr. Kusikula congratulated the Institute for the initiative, noting that it shows its ability to adapt to change during unprecedented times. He remarked:
“Our country has made remarkable progress in the fight against coronavirus. For us to accelerate socio-economic growth, we need a skilled and committed workforce that is able to create innovative solutions and drive efficiency. I have faith that this programme will point us in that direction.”
Dr. Ndumbaro was pleased to learn that over 50% of the 48 participants enrolled into the programme were women in managerial and leadership positions. He observed this demonstrated progress towards ‘equality for all’ in society.
On his part, the Acting Chief Executive of the Institute, Mr. Kadari Singo, said the rapid changes across the globe provided the catalyst for the Institute to embrace technology solutions to strengthen leadership programme delivery.
Mr. Singo explained:
“The Institute has accelerated its digital transformation to reach clients and stakeholders within and outside the country in new ways. This online programme largely employs the self-paced learning approach, which allows participants to create their own learning experiences, anywhere, at their own speed.”
He added that the first cohort will complete their studies in April 2021. Graduates will have an additional advantage into the UONGOZI Executive Programme, Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership.