TWENTY University of Lusaka (UNILUS) students have expressed joy over their 10-day tour in Israel because it will equip them with knowledge on how that country transformed itself into a powerhouse in technology, entrepreneurship and wealth creation in the midst of scarce natural resources.
The selected students said that the tour and study in Israel would give them a practical experience on how Tel Aviv transformed itself into a great nation.
In an interview yesterday, UNILUS lecturer in the executive MBA in leadership and wealth creation, Chilombo Musa said that the aim of the programme was to train leaders and potential leaders on how to create wealth for nations by borrowing principles from academia, excelling individuals and countries using their natural resources.
Ms Chilombo said that the tour was part of the course aimed at exposing students to various countries that had transformed their economy in the midst of challenges.
She said that the 10-day intense learning experience at Israel’s Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) would help students learn that country’s culture and how it managed to transform itself into a big wealth creation nation.
She said that Israel was a shining example of how developing countries could grow through a culture of saving, innovation and creativity expressing confidence that students would be inspired as well as visit historical sites such as the Dead sea and Jerusalem among others.
“The 20 students have been selected to attend a 10-day learning session in Israel to learn and exchange culture ideas, leadership, and entrepreneurship in terms of how that country managed to transform itself using little natural resources as a powerhouse of technology and wealth creation.
“The session is part of our MBA programme aimed at exposing students to learn from other countries. Students will tour historical sites such as the Dead Sea and Jerusalem,” she said.
A student in the same programme Martha Gapa said that she had opted to come from Zimbabwe and study at UNILUS as the course was practical and gave her the needed experience.
Ms Gapa said that she was overjoyed to go and tour Israel as the country was a marvel and a good example of how third world countries could take on entrepreneurship and wealth creation to improve the economy.
Another student Jolly Kabaghe expressed happiness to have been among the students selected to tour the holy land and that the book “Start-up Nation story – a story of Israel Economic miracle by Senor and Singer (2009) was his inspiration and expressed hope he would apply its principles in a practical way.