The Sauder School of Business and Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding on February 5 aimed at increasing collaboration between the two schools and upping Sauder’s activities in Africa.

Thomas Ross, Senior Associate Dean, Special Projects at Sauder and George Njenga, Dean of the Strathmore Business School signed the five-year cooperation agreement, which will cover several areas of collaboration, including an MBA student exchange, set to start in 2015, visiting professorships and interchange of faculty.

Ross is currently visiting Nairobi’s Strathmore Business School and will lead a study of the new Kenyan Competition Act with two Strathmore professors. The researchers will evaluate the law in light of current economic theories of competition and international best practices.

This new agreement intensifies Sauder’s relationship with Strathmore Business School, which started in 2006 with a program aimed at helping young Kenyan entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

The three-week program, Social Entrepreneurship 101: Africa, which functions as part of the Sauder Africa Initiative, is facilitated by students from UBC and Strathmore University and provides mentorship for young people, identifies sources of funding for their projects, and helps them launch businesses.