Slovenia’s Business School DOBA, in Kenya, is expected to spend slightly over USD 1 Million in the next 5 years in Kenya.
According to DOBA, it is driving a public-private partnership program seeking to get employers in the 4 Kenyan cities to endorse e-learning and encourage employees to sign up and acquire new skills in an international learning environment.
The business school is among few European Universities and the first in Eastern Europe to receive the UNIQUe certification for quality in e-learning from the European Union, and hopes that the joint stakeholders’ campaign, while selling e-learning, will also grow the influence of its fully online Masters in International Business Administration (MBA) in the country.
DOBA Faculty says it is already in talks with a number of private and public sector bodies including KEPSA for their support in the campaign which will be asking employing institutions in Kenya to give support to their employees. Primarily, the university has identified access to good internet and permission to take online classes in the office as crucial support roles for employers.
Natasa Ritonija – the Head of International Centres at the university- said, “Growth in adoption level of E-learning will immensely benefit the economy. This model has especially been successful in enabling people study abroad without leaving their countries and will encourage working people to develop their skills to the international level for higher productivity.” She added, “We know people are missing their evening classes while sitting in the traffic and want employers to support employees if they choose to study their Masters online from the office.”
Under the program, DOBA is also planning to introduce partial and full scholarship programs for the English language Masters International Business Management program targeting working professionals which will be extended to also benefit the stay-at-home graduate mothers in Kenya.
The number of Kenyans studying online is expected to skyrocket. Already, more than 30% of student in Europe are active in online study according to the Research firm Ambient Insight.
Kenyans have shown a lot of interest in the fully online learning model, according to DOBA, with over 1,000 enquiries on their Masters Program made this year.