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BSN alumni laud school’s ‘action learning’ method



Ayodele Aderinwale, Chairman, Business School Netherlands, Nigeria; Taco Westerhuis, First Secretary, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Action Learning has been described as an effective approach to learning due to its ability to address challenges through practical approaches.

This was the aggregate view of speakers and alumni of Business School Netherlands (BSN) Nigeria, at its maiden alumni lecture, which held at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Action learning is an approach to solving real problems that involves taking action and reflecting upon the results. The learning that results helps improve the problem-solving process as well as the solutions the team develops.

Present at the event were the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Nigeria, John C.M. Groffen, who was represented by the country’s First Secretary, Taco Westerhuis; the Adviser, Economic, Trade & Investment Affairs, Sonia Idije; BSN Chairman, Mr. Ayodele Aderinwale, among others.

In a paper titled “Action Learning…” the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goland Petroleum Development Company Ltd, and a pioneer student of the school, Mr. Johnson Salako, said that action learning focuses on the skill, which an individual team member prioritises and sharpens it to make him efficient in the skill.

According to him, “…in addition to developing individually tailored leadership skills, action learning is particularly effective in developing the collaboration, conflict resolution and sharing skills that are emerging as critical for effective contemporary leadership.

Salako who also is the CEO of Mobitel noted with dismay that Nigerian graduates were being given academic degrees instead of action learning degrees. He expressed pride in his alma mater for using the method to mould successful business professionals, just as he enjoined Nigerians who desire internationally accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) certificates to consider BSN.

Also speaking, the chief executive of the School, Lere Baale, affirmed that BSN has become one of few international business schools to hold three highly respected international accreditations- American Accreditation Organisation, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP), the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Association (Nederlands Vlaams Akkreditatie Assosiatie) (NVAO), the Swiss accreditation organisation (eduQua), adding that it is a specialist business school rigorously practicing the scientific learning methodology of Action Learning.

In his words: “Since receiving the NVAO accreditation, our business school has become one of few international business schools to hold three highly respected accreditations. Furthermore, BSN is the first Dutch higher education institution to receive the eduQua accreditation from the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems.”

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