Greener Pastures Limited has announced the launch of the third edition of the Global Management Challenge (GMC) in Kenya.
The GMC was launched in the country to give young professionals and students the chance to develop practical skills in managing and growing a business. It is the world’s largest management & strategy competition and has been running since 1980. The GMC currently runs in 35 countries worldwide, with Greener Pastures Ltd. holding rights to run and manage the competition in Kenya & East Africa.
“We are excited to see the competition take root in Kenya amongst young students and professionals who are eager to expand their horizons and apply what they have learned in class or during on-the-job training,” explained Ravi Shah, Director at Greener Pastures Limited.
“We saw the registration numbers double in the second edition of the competition, with the 41 teams who participated representing universities and workplaces from all across the country. Kenya is renowned for the accomplishments of our sportsmen and women; the team that represented Kenya in the GMC international finals held in Macau earlier this year showed the world that we are also ready to compete with the global best in the business arena.”
The GMC-Kenya champions of the second edition were a team from Kenyatta University. The students emerged 8th from a total of 7,000 teams of university students, professionals and company managers who participated globally.
To date, the GMC has helped develop the business skills of over 300 students and professionals in Kenya, building their understanding of how various business functions operate, and allowing them to make decisions usually reserved for the board rooms. Greener Pastures aims at impacting over 1,000 individuals in the country over the next two years as it sets its eyes on expanding the competition regionally. The GMC experience provides an affordable and effective training alternative for companies and has created a unique talent pool of critical-thinking young people, ready for employment.
“In business, a premium is put on experience, but companies are not always able or willing to invest in effective training and skills development. The GMC process has helped us and our partners pick out particular skills sets exhibited by the competitors at the various stages they have to go through. Asides from identifying and nurturing talent in this unique way, we have a long-term vision of contributing towards the development of the country’s human resource talent. We realise that this is a shared challenge many businesses are facing and welcome any potential partners who are interested in becoming part of the change process,” stated Asim Shah, Director at Greener Pastures Limited.
Participants grow a virtual business, develop their analytical skills and play active leadership roles. They are able to improve their employability and career growth, with the support of GMC partners such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Duma Works.
Registration is open for anyone in their first year of tertiary study and upwards, as well as for people studying professional courses. Registration is done through the GMC Kenya website and will be ongoing until October 7th, 2016. The winning team will represent the country at the international finals that will be held in Doha, Qatar, in April 2017, and have the chance to redefine Kenya’s story on the global stage.
Source: CIO East Africa