Institut Africain de Management (IAM – Senegal)
WDI has been working with the Institut Africain de Management (IAM) in Dakar, Senegal since 2016 on an academic partnership focused on developing a supply chain Masters program. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the goal of the partnership is to graduate students that multinational companies will want to hire for their supply chain needs in West Africa. WDI began the partnership by working with IAM on the business model for delivering a supply chain program that will be profitable. At the end of 2018, the second cohort of students began the program and are expected to complete the program at the end of 2019. This class is using a case study on a local company that was completed jointly by IAM and WDI. Another locally based case study is expected to be completed this year.
The program includes three key features:
- A curriculum that is consistent with the best business schools in the world while offering the flexibility needed by the Senegalese audience. For example, while the program is designed as a Masters in Supply Chain Management, students with more specific educational needs or interests will be able to take only courses that are relevant to them.
- Pedagogy that takes advantage of recent advances in technology and the science of learning by incorporating all forms of teaching, including online courses, simulations and action-based learning.
- Collaboration with the private sector to ensure the students understand the application of concepts in companies and to ensure the school has a mechanism to remain in touch with private sector challenges.