On Monday, 23 February, the 46 participants of the tailor-made continuing education program “Future Leaders of Angola” received their diploma in Luanda. A small delegation of the ZHAW School of Management and Law, the program’s academic partner, attended the memorable evening event.
Happy and proud faces last Monday in Luanda: The 46 graduates of the program “Future Leaders of Angola” received their diploma from Hugo Miguel Évora Gonçalves, Executive Administrator of the Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA). Furthermore, 6 students received special acknowledgements due to their outstanding performance. The ceremony was held at Epic Sana Hotel in Luanda and included a formal dinner and performances from local musicians and dancers. Among the nearly 200 participants were the graduates, their families and friends, representatives from FSDEA and UNIQUA, but also five members of the ZHAW School of Management and Law (SML). Furthermore, ten representatives from local TV, print and radio outlets where attending the press conference about the program earlier that day, which underlines its importance from the Angolan perspective.
A milestone for everyone involved
Daniel Seelhofer, Vice Dean of the SML and Director, Department of International Business, was among the speakers: “This course has provided these young Angolans with an excellent business education that will undoubtedly act as a catalyst in their careers. As a leading Swiss university with a strong focus on practice-oriented learning in emerging markets, it has been fantastic to see these students take hold of this opportunity and as a result, we are confident they will play an integral role in the future development of business in Angola.” Hugo Miguel Évora Gonçalves called the program, the first of its kind, a “momentous milestone” for all participants, as well as the Fundo and Angola as a whole. It is part of FSDEAs’ social charter program, with the objective of widening access to education and exposure to the business environment – two focuses that are crucial to Angola’s future development.
The many facets of Angola
For the SML representatives, faculty members of the Department of International Business as well as the Department of Banking, Finance, Insurance, the ceremony was the official highlight of a fascinating study trip. Most of the members of the delegation visited Angola for the first time. “The days in Angola were very impressive”, said Maya Gadgil, who was heavily involved in the program and thoughtfully looked after the students during their time in Switzerland. “We were greeted with lots of warmth and hospitality. We got to see many of the facets of this fascinating country: The busy inner city with high-rises, expensive restaurants and posh hotels but also the poor infrastructure and services outside the center.” During their visit to various companies they caught a glimpse of the economic dynamic in this booming country. A country, that desperately needs skilled businesspeople to further evolve. Businesspeople like the ones, who just graduated from this program.
Contact: Maya Gadgil, Department of International Business