“A different approach grounded in the experiences and aspirations of Africans, by Africans, for Africans.” This is how Graça Machel sums up the education offer of the African Leadership University (ALU), of which she is Chancellor. ALU has officially launched today its Mauritian campus. The first of 25 campuses that will span across the continent.

“Education liberates man”, Graça Machel noted during the press conference that was held today, March 27. “Even if our Universities train people who might be lost to other countries or continents, it is not a challenge. The world is a global village. Studies show that the vast majority of the African diaspora comes back to their respective countries to serve their people,” she added.

The Beau-Plan based campus, named African Leadership College, offers for now 4 bachelor-level courses to students from across Africa and has recently introduced an MBA course. The particularities of its programs: a tailor-made approach, knowledge acquired in classrooms confronted with experience in the workplace, and a foundation year dedicated mostly to honing leadership skills.

For the official launching, eminent personalities have joined students and staff on campus, such Donald Kaberuka who was Chairman of the African Development Bank, and Pamela Gillies. The latter is Vice-Chancellor of the Glasgow Caledonian University, ALU’s academic and accreditation partner and awarding body of its initial degrees.