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Why you should consider an MBA in Africa

Getting your MBA in Africa is investing in your business skills.

With over 1,000 spoken languages, Africa is one of the most linguistically diverse regions on the planet.

Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, including Rwanda, Benin, and Ethiopia.

You’ll experience an incredibly rich animal, plant, and marine biodiversity throughout the continent.

African business schools have a growing global reputation, yet the cost of studying an MBA here remains significantly lower than in other regions.

Africa is home to a spectacular and wide-ranging geography, including the longest river (Nile) and the biggest desert (Sahara) in the world.

Studying an MBA in Africa is one of the most exciting options for prospective MBA candidates. Its economy is growing quicker than any other continent, while its young and rapidly expanding population is expected to become the largest workforce in the world by 2040. And whilst there’s no getting away from the problems facing parts of the continent, there is reason to believe that Africa could follow in Asia’s footsteps and see similar transformational economic growth in the coming years.

We’re now starting to see a new generation of African business schools making their mark globally – from young business schools like ALU to Lagos Business School (which appeared in The Economist Executive MBA Ranking 2020) to the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), which debuted in the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking for the same year. It’s a testament to the growing investment into higher education across Africa, which will be essential to meet the demands of its young population.

As Africa’s population grows, so does the need for business leaders with the skills, knowledge, and experience to help drive the economic empowerment of the continent. Are you up for the challenge?

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5 things you should know about studying in Africa

How much will it cost to live and study in Africa?

Typically, the cost of studying an MBA in Africa is more affordable than in other continents. The price of an MBA at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business is €28,000, whereas the EMBA at Lagos Business School (ranked in the global top 100 by The Economist) costs €15,000.

How reputable are the business schools in Africa?

Egypt and South Africa house the majority of the continent’s top-ranked institutions. Nigeria’s Lagos Business School was ranked #62 in The Economist Executive MBA Ranking 2020 and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) was ranked #56 in the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking. The prestigious business schools CEIBS and ESSEC both have international campuses here, in Ghana & Morocco respectively.

What is the status of the economy?

Despite a rapidly expanding economy, graduates in Africa still face a challenging job market. Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Benin are amongst the fastest growing economies in the region whilst Nigeria, South Africa, and Egypt have the three largest economies in Africa.

Are there a lot of international students in Africa?

South Africa is the most popular destination for international students in Africa. The majority of international students in South Africa are from other African countries. Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda are all attracting increasing numbers of international students.

Which languages are spoken in Africa?

Although there are thousands of local languages and dialects found in Africa, the most spoken languages are Arabic, English, Swahili, and French. As the official language of 23 countries, there are a wide variety of English-taught courses here in Africa.

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