The gift I received after my guest lecture at Limkokwing Ls.
I have always been a silent admirer of the Kingdom of Lesotho also known as The Kingdom in the sky! My love for the country dates from my early days in the tourism industry when I decided to know more about the countries in the SADC Region which fall under the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA). When I did my study of the 15 member states, one country was a must visit for me, that was Lesotho!
Everything about this country seemed extraordinary to me. I put it on my To Visit list.
Fast-forward to 2017, March, I meet some beautiful ladies and nice looking young men clad in black at a youth conference in Durban. They were students from Limkokwing University in Lesotho from the Faculty of Creativity in Tourism and Hospitality faculty.
A year later, I would be visiting this university in Lesotho and with little knowledge about what this university stands for, I thought I would inspire the students. I was eager and ready. Little did I know that I would be the one benefiting more from this trip than the students I was going to speak to.
I will share more about what I did there and my whole experience in Lesotho in a different post but this post is about the Limkokwing University of Lesotho and the man Tan Sri Lim who is the visionary behind this extraordinary University.
Following my guest lecturing at the university, I was presented with some gifts which included a book about the founder of this university titled, "Limkokwing, The Man Who Designed The Future". This book was my first connection with this man but his story from this book speaks a lot about what I thought about his university when I entered their staff boardroom. Pure inspiration! Here is a man I always wanted to be and one I hope I can emulate in this life.
Posing with my gift bag.
So who is Tan Sri Lim also known as Limkokwing?
Tan Sri Lim is an extraordinary Malay, who was 29 when he set up his first business - Wings Creativity Consultants - in 1975. He then opened the hallowed halls of academia to admit thousands of students for whom a tertiary education would otherwise have been denied because of traditional ideas that reserved university education for an elitist few. He called it Limkokwing University.
As with almost everything he does, Tan Sri Lim did not follow the traditional rules in providing education. He broke the norms and pioneered different pathways which changed the ways in which knowledge is delivered and acquired.
He brought the world into the classroom and he brought his classrooms into the world. He wanted his students to graduate with qualifications which they can take anywhere in the world and he achieved it through networking with some of the most established universities around the world, universities renowned for their specializations. Through his university, he seeks to change the way people think and the way they look at things. This is what has always been in my mind all the times I moved from one university to another in the 6 years that I went to 3 universities.
The future, he believes, has always been driven by people with the determination to go where no one has been and do things no one has done, to follow the path less traveled. This is what I tell myself everyday and try to communicate with others through my actions which people call crazy.
Limkokwing translates his conviction into action and chooses to develop his university into an international centre for innovation and capacity-building which will train thinking and tech-savvy industry-ready human capital for developing countries. Walking through the corridors of Limkokwing University in Lesotho got me thinking, "If I am to go back to school, I will surely have to come to this university or something like this".
He is acutely aware of the much-quoted statistic that 85 percent of the world’s population living in developing countries gets by on only 20 percent of the world’s resources - because these countries have little capacity to innovate and create opportunities. This is the case with Malawi and this is the vision we shared with Charles Lipenga when we started Maestros Leadership Team few years ago.
Now reading his story gives me hope that no matter how long it may take, our dreams are not far fetched.
I look forward to more interactions with this vision and thanks to the management of Limkokwing for connecting me to such a great vision.
Some pictures from Limkokwing Uni Lesotho Visit.
Images credit: Limkokwing http://founder.limkokwing.net/
Dennis Imaan is a Global Citizen born and currently staying in Malawi. He loves to share his experiences and lessons with others. Travel, Tourism, Innovations, Media and Youth development are close to his heart.