The second day of RIT2016 programming involved a complete immersion in the African Leadership University (ALU) experience. You visited ALU’s inaugural campus in Mauritius, the first of its kind, bringing Africa’s best and brightest young people together to be educated through an innovative curriculum, designed to produce work-ready graduates for the 21st century.
The day’s first activity was a problem solving group project, one of the key teaching methods at ALU. With a limited amount of resources, you were asked to build the highest structure possible. Halfway through the activity, you learned that both your available time and resources were cut in half due to external factors. How you dealt with these unexpected challenges affected your success in the activity.
Thereafter, you were introduced to ALU’s ground-breaking pedagogical approach. ALU’s curriculum hinges on 7 meta skills. By identifying and adopting best practices from top universities across the globe, ALU is able to combine the most essential pillars of education in the 21st century. A mix of teaching styles are employed to deliver core principles of skills-based learning; independent enquiry, peer-to-peer engagement, and the traditional lecture.
At coffee table discussions with ALU students, you imparted your company’s mission and exciting vision to the future leaders of Africa. You conversed with engaging and curious young people, who asked questions about your company’s business model and how they might be the solution to your future talent needs. A case simulation from your company was presented to the students, who came up with ideas to address the hypothetical challenge, giving you a sense of their skills level and critical thinking abilities.
At a debrief session, you shared your impressions of ALU, the university of the future. You expressed that you were impressed at how intelligent ALU students are. Excitement over the many possibilities of collaboration and cooperation, meeting the needs of both corporations in Africa for world-class local talent and youth for high quality education and fruitful careers on the continent, was tangible.