Degree Programme Faculty - Rwanda Campus

African Leadership University

African Leadership University

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020


From the start, we’ve been on a mission to bring the “university of the future” to the world — a place where students declare missions not majors, where real-world experience takes precedence over theoretical classroom lectures, and where learning how to learn has replaced learning facts and figures. Today, ALU is on its way to helping unleash the human potential of a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders — and in the process, unlock a new era of prosperity and opportunity for Africa and beyond unlike the world has ever seen.

Our mission is not going unnoticed. CNN described ALU — which has campuses in Mauritius and Rwanda — as “The Harvard of Africa;” Fast Company ranked ALU one of the 50 most innovative organisations in the world and the most innovative endeavour in Africa; and The New York Times recognised ALU as one of the eight places in the world “where history is being made.”


ALU faculty empower students to learn through designing, iterating, and delivering our learning model. This requires a sharp break from conventional instructional norms.

In particular, ALU faculty:

  • Understand and can apply ALU’s learning principles to learning design and facilitation. Faculty in this model are guides/coaches/mentors, not experts, facilitators, or lecturers.
  • Role model lifelong learning, leadership, and institutional values (e.g. growth mindset)
  • Support student development in low touch, high impact ways (we don’t have the luxury to handhold students nor do we believe this is the most effective approach to learning). Our faculty are committed to designing constructionist, scalable learning environments.
  • Approach interactions with students with a focus on what a student is doing, rather than what the faculty member is doing
  • Help students develop skills more than they teach content
  • Enable students towards becoming self-directed, providing scaffolds where needed



As the next step in our mission to propel progress for the continent through educating leaders, we are looking to combine our existing success in developing real-world, job skills with a unique new programme designed to give students exposure to and expertise in some of the most pressing challenges facing Africa and the rest of the world. We call this our “Global Challenges” programme. We intend for this program to give students a launchpad from which they can craft careers – or, as we call them in the program, “Missions” – in which they will each pursue a positive impact on one of these grand challenges facing our world. A student graduating with a BA in Global Challenges would be equipped not only with tangible, translatable 21st-century skills and abilities but also with a foundational understanding of the current, key elements within their chosen challenge.


The IBT program in Rwanda builds on existing content by framing lessons in an international context, as well as including modules specifically focused on trade within the African context. Content-wise, the program is a combination of modules from the most renowned and effective business courses across the globe. In addition to these benchmarks, the program was also designed and fit into the ALU learning model by a combination of faculty, learning experience designers and subject matter experts, all of whom have acquired both academic and real-world experience within the field.


ALU’s Computer Science (CS) programme provides a pathway for students to develop sound computational reasoning and technical skills to envision and build robust solutions to local and global challenges across a variety of disciplines and industries. This programme is in line with ALU’s aims to develop skills in their students that will have them remain relevant in the present and in the future. Empowering students to develop higher-order critical thinking skills and engaging with the real-world throughout their education enables them to take on some of Africa’s challenges and find relevant and sustainable solutions.


ALU’s Entrepreneurship program provides students with opportunities for self-initiative that are led by their ability to identify, understand and address local and global challenges with creative business solutions. By providing students with the practical skills required to act on ideas and opportunities, we are empowering them to apply an entrepreneurial mindset the real-world challenges they will face throughout their lives. This approach enables our students to continuously explore new ways of solving problems in a way that can effectively address the challenges facing Africa both today and tomorrow.


  • Facilitating class sessions with up to 35 students
  • Facilitate and deliver learning content through one on one coaching, written feedback, and analytical reports.
  • Reviewing student assignments and providing regular feedback based on rubrics that we have defined.
  • Holding office hours where students are able to get more targeted coaching and feedback.
  • Providing input on and assisting with the design of the curriculum
  • Provide mentorship and regular coaching.
  • Work with other curriculum designers to incorporate lessons into curriculum improvements; and such other duties in respect of the Company as may be reasonably assigned by your team manager
  • Managing relationships with external companies.
  • Maintain the best learning content in their field globally, working with leading experts to shape a progressive and innovative learning experience in order to curate content.
  • Develop precise analytical reports and identify areas for improvement.
  • Identifying relevant databases and datasets that could support learning
  • Coaching students as they explore their own leadership journeys
  • Staying connected with local and international entrepreneurial ecosystems and helping the ALU community stay plugged in; and such other duties in respect of the Company as may be reasonably assigned by your team manager


  • Advanced degree (preferably a PhD) in a relevant field
  • Teaching or facilitating experience (formal or informal) and/or significant corporate experience, ideally in Africa
  • Have experience working with diverse and/or international organisations
  • Desire and enthusiasm to work with students
  • Understanding of best practices for learning pedagogy in your relevant field
  • Enthusiasm to push boundaries
  • Flexible and comfortable with change
  • Comfortable with digital tools
  • Ability to deliver classes remotely