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Student Testimonials

 
 
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Lucy Isoke Marunga

Ugandan

ABI Postgraduate Class of 2017

"ABI has grounded and changed my perspective about doing business from a Christian perspective. Students are being molded into Christian business leaders who place service above self. The excellent range of teaching styles, ranging from conventional classroom lectures and discussions to practical outdoor internship experiences, have given students an opportunity to operate like companies even before they graduate. My internship experience particularly has been eye opening and invaluable to me, allowing me practical application of the three pillars of business - strategy, marketing and operations - to create a marketing strategy for an actual Ugandan company."

 
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Joshua Gilford Matonga

Malawian

ABI Postgraduate Class of 2017

"I have been to various business and entrepreneurship trainings, but ABI's training is very different. The training is very practical, simulated into real life business scenarios. The most unique thing about ABI is its flat culture that treats us each, not as students, but as businessmen, businesswomen, and business teams. And, for me, one of the most treasured gems about ABI is the close involvement of its faculty. Students get to build a relationship with their professors as lecturers inside the classrooms, and as peers outside of it. After having put much on hold to come to ABI, I feel that it was worth it.

 
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Evelyn Kachule

Malawian

ABI Postgraduate Class of 2017

"Coming to ABI, I never expected that I would be going out so frequently to practice what we learn in class. ABI sets platforms for students to immediately exercise what they learn. The outstanding thing for me was the IDEATION program, where students visit real Christian business people to see how business looks like outside of theory and classroom walls. Another great thing that has inspired me at ABI is the humility and servant leadership that is demonstrated by both the ABI leadership and its professors. At ABI, students have the privilege of building personal relationships with both, which helps greatly when seeking advice. Their example has been a great learning experience for us as we prepare to go out and lead others."

 
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Chris Mendin

Liberian

ABI Postgraduate Class of 2017

"Before coming to ABI, I thought of business simply as the maximizing of profits. ABI has changed my perspective completely by teaching me how to do business from a Christian perspective. Most importantly, ABI has greatly taught me much about importance of my internal customers. I have learned how to be a servant leader, leading by example, coordinating and managing people from different backgrounds. As the leader of my internship team, l was made to quickly grow from being a manager to being a leader. If you are looking for a place to acquire godly leadership skills, ABI is the right place for you."

 
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Jyne Gicheru Hahirwa

Kenyan

ABI Postgraduate Class of 2017

“ABI is a mentoring ground that provides spiritual as well as practical nurturing of future business leaders who live by the words of Jesus Christ that ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’. This has been evident from not only the example of the directors of ABI but also the visiting professors who are investing time, business skills and knowledge to each student. Each learning day has been an inspiration of going out to launch ethical businesses that transform lives; businesses that are a light and salt to the world."

 

Instructor Testimonials

 
 
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Steve Walton

EMORY University Executive MBA Program

Professor in the Practice of Information Systems & Operations Management

“Teaching at ABI is one of the most meaningful things I have ever done. Working with the ABI students was a real blessing to me. Sometimes we forget what ‘resilience’ really means. The ABI students, though, are living examples of personal resilience through their faith in God. Working with them helped me continue to clarify my understanding of the relationship between business and our Christian faith. The ABI students are quite smart, but because they come from developing countries, they need a bit more background than a typical American student. This, though, was a source of blessing again. Because they are smart and motivated, they invest so much energy to understand what we teach them. I have never taught a class of students that was so committed to their learning. Their motivation to learn seemed to come from two related sources. First, they are committed to honoring their God through their academic efforts. Second, they are committed to developing and launching Christian-based businesses. I am so inspired by the ABI students. I hope you have the opportunity to work with them.”

 
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Garry Todd

ARHC Accredited Green Roofing Professional

RISE Certified Solar Roofing Professional

“I’ve been fortunate to have the chance over the last few years to mentor several African students, two of whom are now enrolled at ABI. I’ve worked with many, many young men and women in business during my lifetime, but few have brought as much satisfaction as these two men have brought. The young men are full of ideas and enthusiasm, as you would expect, but the level of intelligence and understanding they bring to planning projects has been a constant source of wonder and encouragement. I find myself constantly learning from them. As ABI continues - very effectively - to increase the skills of young African business leaders, the role of mentorship becomes even more valuable, offering the absolutely critical behind-the-scenes direction and guidance these young men and women need as they begin businesses and pursue careers. As mentors, it is absolutely rewarding to see their lives change before our eyes as real economic progress powers forward in Africa. ”

 
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Mark Linsz

Bank of America, Corporate Treasurer

My Next Season, Co-founder and Senior Managing Partner

"Join me in investing in the future of Africa. African Business Institute graduates use their business education, practical training, and carefully nurtured entrepreneurial skills to start new businesses. These young men and women have a deep interest in work-faith integration, integrity, and the opportunity to employ those in their community. They are the ones of their generation who will make a lasting impact in their country. "

 

Intern Host Testimonials

 
 
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Rebekah Ssali

Maka Group CEO

“For us at Maka Group it was value all the way with the ABI interns. Coming to a sector (sanitary pads) they knew almost nothing about was no easy task but one that each of them grasped with tenacity, confidence and openness to learn at every turn. Assigned to the marketing department, the interns helped take it to a more impactful level and even took trips out of Kampala to passionately carry and spread the Maka vision. They also helped put together a concept paper for a major media company in Uganda as well as marketing proposal that was thorough yet easy to understand. They successfully balanced effective collaborative team work with individual initiative to put together a presentation that encapsulated the vision, history and future of Maka.”

 
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Nakabinje Sadat

Karibu Art Gallery, Co-Founder

"In two months, the ABI internship team created a beautiful website for our gallery (Karibu Art Gallery Uganda), complete with an online shop that sold and marketed our paintings. They also designed a social media strategy for our gallery that took its Facebook following from 1,000 to over 6,000 in one month. We are incredibly impressed on how organized, efficient, and professional they were. Thank you ABI and the entire Internship team. Looking forward to working with you in other projects."