Globally, the management of workers takes place in the context of wider environmental setting, including the fast changing patterns of public and private organizations and attitudes to work.
The power and influence of public and private organizations, the rapid spread of new technologies and impact of various socio-economic and political factors, have attracted increasing attention to the concept of governance, corporate social responsibilities and business ethics, focusing on the ethical behavior and the decisions and actions of managers and staff. This calls for the workforce to be equipped with the right skills in order to perform well to the expectations of the organizations and the societies within which they operate.
It is generally recognized that in a global economy, increased business competiveness, the move towards more customer-driven markets, advances in scientific knowledge, especially telecommunications and office automation, have led to a period of constant change and the need for greater organizational flexibility especially among managers.
There have been an increasing number of people holding managerial positions in organizations operating in an environment characterized by increased technology use, high demand for quality goods and services, enhanced level of competition and an increasingly assertive workforce that at times is highly educated and more experienced than even the managers themselves.
In these organizations, employees in lower echelons are increasingly pursuing higher education that is available both locally and internationally while the top managers, remain largely constrained by factors including age and position, among others. Most Universities have over the years remained insensitive to these emerging needs especially with respect to programmes, course content, admission criteria, mode of delivery and assessment.
This programme, seeks to be multi-disciplinary in nature drawing not only from the business area but also from other disciplines such as philosophy and governance, human resource management, among others. The programme would target individuals whose opinions and ideas influence policy directions and the growth path of the public and private organization in which they work. These could be company managers, public officers, NGO managers etc.
There is an increased demand for skills especially among chief executives and top managers who seem to be ill prepared to handle the fast changing work environment. The workplace is characterized by increasing technological, social sophistication and the number of highly trained work force. Challenges posed by these phenomena are further compounded by the rapid shift towards globalization and liberalization of national economics. These emerging trends have put pressure on the executive to attempt to acquire new skills and knowledge in order to remain relevant. Regrettably the available MGE programmes have remained sensitive to the youth, leaving the needs of f the middle and top manager unsatisfied. It is worth nothing that most issues and practical problems faced by the majority of executive require appropriate mind-sets hence the need to have a programme that is decidedly inter and multi-disciplinary in both approach and content.
Evidence available indicates that an increasing number of top managers and leaders enroll into the existing programmes only to drop out on realizing the constraining nature of existing programmes. Some end up enrolling for such programmes on-line in foreign Universities despite the high costs. Locally , attempts at capturing the growing interest of the executive for higher degrees to upgrade their knowledge and skills have been inhibited by existing polices on mode of delivery, time and duration of programmes, admission criteria, content, assessment and the grading mode among others. This programme aims at producing specialists in Governance and ethics who will be change agents and advocate for good work ethics, good governance practices and effective working environments (Organizational culture and development).
The mission of the MGE programme is to produce high caliber executive through a sensitive multi-disciplinary programme characterized by a dynamic mode of delivery, flexible admission criteria, responsive timing and duration, and a good blend of theory and practical experience in content and design.
The main objectives of the programme are to:
- Provide opportunities to students who wish to specialize and pursue academic careers in governance and ethics through flexible admission, timing and content targeting.
- Deepen students’ insights into governance, management of public resource both nationally and globally.
- Produce a pool of highly qualified and motivated governance experts that can contribute to the governance and public sector management.
- Broaden the participant’s world through and integrated approach to the analysis of the public and private sector issues
- Facilitate individual consolidation of knowledge and skills through application of modern theory and experience to representative case studies and guided seminars.
A Student shall be admitted to the MGE programme by satisfying the following requirements:
- At least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized University or institution in any area of specialization.
- Work experience in a senior/top managerial and decision-making or leadership position.
6.0. Duration of the Programme
The programme is designed to take TWO Academic Years, with FOUR SEMESTERS.