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School is back in session!
- January 17, 2017
- Posted by: Edem Torkornoo
- Category: News
Monday, January 16 marked the beginning of an exciting new phase for ALU. For the first time in our history, we have the entire student body together.
Year 2 students who have been away since August 2016 are back from their internships around the continent. Year 1 students who joined ALU in September 2016, have returned from their Christmas holiday.
The energy on campus is palpable as the inaugural class catches up with each other and trades stories from the working world. They kicked off their degree programmes with induction this week. They will fully start their courses next week. ALU offers four programmes at the moment; Business Management, Social Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering.
The first year class started their second trimester with the ALU tradition, Seminal Readings. This is a week where everything pauses – there are no classes or other responsibilities – and students immerse themselves in selected themed texts. Students engage in discussions on the text and in the process sharpen their critical reading and analysis skills. This week’s theme is Identity and some of the readings include an excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth and Zadie Smith’s. Speaking in Tongues.
In an address to both classes, Fred Swaniker, ALU’s Founder spoke about the power of dreams and ideas. In 2014, ALU was just an idea on paper that he publicly announced at the TED conference in Brazil. Nearly three years later, we have two campuses (Mauritius and Rwanda), almost 300 students and degree programmes that are running.
“I have a dream that one day I’ll walk into any government office around Africa and all the staff, from the minister to the administrators will be one of you. You form part of a special generation. The generation that will build the institutions and create the jobs that Africa needs. We need your ideas, creativity and energy to get your dream going.”
Students and staff pumped to get the dream going. Join us on the amazing adventure!