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Revision as of 12:26, 30 November 2019

African Leadership University
Founded2015; 5 years ago (2015)
FounderFred Swaniker
Port Louis

Editor: Ryan Peter

African Leadership University (ALU) is a network of tertiary institutions with operations in Mauritius, Rwanda and Kenya.[1] Its mission is to build 25 campuses across the continent and produce three million young African leaders over the next 50 years. [2] Its part of the wider African Leadership group, with the aim to reinvent high school, university and graduate education in Africa.[3] The ALU programme focuses on 21st century skills, personalised learning, values and character, career development and work experience, and creating a network for graduates.[4] ALU students spend four months of each academic year in an internship in an organisation on the continent.[5]

ALU's first campus was launched in September 2015 in Mauritius and is called the African Leadership College (ALC). Its second campus was launched in September 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. ALU projects to build 25 campuses in major cities in Africa hosting around 10,000 students. It launched ALX in 2018 into Kenya, which comprises of a 6-month intensive program.


African Leadership group was originally founded by Fred Swaniker, a Ghanaian African leadership development expert and Stanford Business School educated social entrepreneur, in 2004 with the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a secondary institution. In 2013, Swaniker then expanded his efforts by establishing an institution of higher learning, the African Leadership University (ALU), dedicated to teaching leadership skills and producing "Africa's best and brightest minds".[6] According to ALU, it opened its doors in 2015 to more than 180 students from across Africa on its main campus in Pamplemousses, the northern region of Mauritius.[7]

The Mauritius campus is a residential campus and is called "Africa Leadership College" (ALC). The campus opened in October 2015 with 173 students in the inaugural class of 2015. In 2018, the number of students was over 300.[8] ALC offers undergraduate degree programmes through its founding academic partner, Glasgow Caledonian University.

In September 2017, ALU Rwanda was opened. This is a non-residential campus located in Kigali, Rwanda. It is accredited by the Higher Education Council of Rwanda. The campus opened with 300 students.[9] According to ALU, a permanent campus is planned to be located in Kigali's Innovation City in the foreseeable future.[10].

Kigali is also the location of the ALU School of Business. The ALU School of Business aims to ensure that its provides a business education "tailored to the African context through case studies about African companies, African research and the constant application of the business theory to solve real African problems."[11]

In 2018, ALX was launched in Kenya, a community for entrepreneurial leaders than includes a six month intensive programme for high-potential graduates. It focuses on creating eight meta skills: Self-leadership, people leadership, system leadership, critical thinking, data based decision making, effective communication, planning and execution, and innovation and entrepreneurship.[12]

Achievements and Investments

In 2018, QS awarded the ALU a "gold" under the category "ethical leadership".[13] QS hosts Reimagine Education, which are global awards for innovative higher education pedagogies enhancing learning and employability. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a British company specialising in education, founded in 1990 by Nunzio Quacquarelli.[14] In 2019, ALU raised $30 million in a series B round led by Danish retail billionaire, Anders Holch Povlsen.[15].