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West Africa’s Ivory Coast is to get its first real management school, MDE Business School, in the country’s largest city, Abidjan. The institution has been set up with the support of Iese Business School in Spain.

MDE - which stands for Management et Développement d’Entreprise - is the fifth business school that Iese has helped get off the ground through its Africa Initiative programme. The other four African schools are in Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Angola.

Arguably the most successful of these has been Lagos Business School in Nigeria, which will partner with Iese and MDE to run the first programme in Abidjan, an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) taught in French - Ivory Coast’s language of business - and starting February 2011. Most of those that have already registered for the programme work in the energy, banking, rubber, and cocoa sectors and are sponsored by their companies. One of the programme’s modules will take place at Iese’s Barcelona campus in June 2011.

“Currently, there are almost no executive education programmes for senior management in the region,” says Martín Frigola, Director of MDE. “Our senior executives need to turn to foreign schools for their business education. At MDE, participants find an African setting in which to discuss business issues with fellow executives familiar with the local challenges.”

Iese will be involved in training some of MDE’s faculty and will make academic and administrative recommendations. MDE’s faculty members come from Iese, Essec in France, ESCP Europe and Lagos Business School.


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