Doctorate in Business in Africa

EENI- School of International Business

Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa (e-learning)

The objectives of the Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa (3 years, 180 ECTS/90 AC Credits, distance learning) are to train Doctoral students to be able to research on topics related to business in Africa (intra-African trade, African economy and socio-economic transformation of the African markets, regional integration, African Civilisation). Thus, a Doctoral student can apply creative solutions and make business decisions related to the African markets.

The Professional Doctorate in Business in Africa is part of the category of Professional Doctorates in International Business (DIB), which have the dual aim of contributing to the knowledge and practice.

Structure of the Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa

The Doctorate programme in International Business specialisation Africa has three parts:

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1- Coursework. Study of the Subjects (Training activity): minimum 20 ECTS, maximum 60 ECTS

The Doctoral students receive training in relevant research methods and their subject areas core topics.

Students are required to take a range of courses.

The Doctoral student must perform a training activity (training complement) consisting of some subjects defined according to their previous studies and the research area selected. The Supervisor of the Doctorate determines the complementary training according to the field of investigation. Doctoral students can choose the subjects from those offered by EENI with a minimum of 20 ECTS (10 AC credits) and a maximum of 60 ECTS.

Applicants who have completed the Master in Business in Sub-Saharan Africa of EENI shall be exempt from any complement training, beginning the research phase directly.

Subjects offered by EENI.

EENI provides a range of subjects related to Africa (more than 150 ECTS credits/75 AC). The Doctoral student can select the most suitable subjects depending on the thesis to be realised. The minimum ECTS to be selected is 20, and the maximum is 60. The Doctoral student selects the subjects once formalised the enrolment.

To facilitate the selection of subjects, these are organised into several blocks:

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Students work within one of the following subject areas

  1. African Civilisation
  2. Economic Areas of the African Civilisation
  3. African Institutions are Leading the Transformation of Africa
  4. African Economy
  5. Business in Africa
  6. Southern Africa
  7. Eastern Africa
  8. Central Africa
  9. Western Africa
  10. The Maghreb
  11. Transport and Logistics in Africa
  12. Regional Integration in Africa
  13. International Relations of Africa

Please, see below for more detailed information about available courses.

2- Research Work and Thesis Plan (40 ECTS).

With the support of the thesis supervisor (Director), the Doctoral student must perform the appropriate research that will lead to the realisation of his thesis plan. The Doctoral student must prepare and submit a thesis plan, which, as a minimum, should include the provisional title of the thesis, the objectives pursued, the methodology to be used, and the means and schedule.

The Doctoral student must study the module “Research methodology”, which will introduce to the method of preparation of a thesis.

Examples of research topics related to Africa.

EENI highly appreciated that the results of the thesis could benefit the development of the African continent.

3- Thesis and Defence of the Thesis (120 ECTS).

Under the supervision of the Director of the thesis, the Doctoral student develops and presents the research results obtained. The Doctoral student can select their subject areas within the research parameters proposed by EENI, creating a thesis that it must be completely original and own, which will be published on the EENI’s platform set up for this purpose.

The Directorate may authorise the deposit of the thesis like a compendium of publications if the requirements established by the Directorate are fulfilled.

Video conference performs the defence of the thesis.

Director of the Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa: PhD Dr Geneviève Barro KABRE

PhD Genevieve Barro Burkina

  1. Academic Rank: Professor (Senior Lecturer)
  2. Degree in Computer Science and Biomathematics, University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  3. Winner of the Scientific Award 2010 of the African Union: “Woman Scientist - Science and Technology.”
  4. Ex-Director of the Master in International Business (University Ouaga 2 and EENI)

In the admission process, the Supervisor of the Doctorate will assign a tutor to the Doctoral student, who will be the responsible for coordinating the activity of the student in the Doctoral programme.

Furthermore, a thesis supervisor (Director) is assigned. The Director of the thesis will guide the student in planning the thesis, and he is the ultimately responsible for the consistency and novelty of the thesis. The Director of the thesis could be selected by the student from the EENI’s team of doctors or freely by the student if he/she has a Doctoral degree. The tutor and the Director can match. Co-direction of the thesis is also allowed.

Director of the Professional Doctorates in International Business (EENI): Dr Margarita Carrillo López.


Doctor (PhD) in Economy and Territory by the University of Barcelona (Spain). Professor at the University of Barcelona, Catalonia Open University, International University of Catalonia, Superior Institute of Marketing and EENI.

EENI African Professors: Dr Albert Bialufu, Dr Ousséni SO, Dr Fernandinho Domingos, Dr Aliou Niang, Thierry Somda, Paterson Ngatchou, Adérito Fernandes, Prospero Kemayou ...
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Languages of the Professional Doctorate in Business in Africa. All subjects offered are available in English and French. Approximately 40% of the subjects are also available in Spanish and Portuguese. Thus, the Doctoral student can perform this doctorate entirely in English (or French, Spanish or Portuguese); students should have a sufficient level to study the subjects in these languages.

(En DIB Afrique Es DIB Africa Pt DIB Africa).

Duration of the training period: maximum of three calendar years since the formalisation of enrolment up to the deposit of the thesis. If, after the period of three calendar years the Doctoral student has not deposited the thesis, the Direction of the doctorate programme may authorise an extension of up to two years.

  1. Tuition fees of the Doctorate Business in Africa: 5,220 Euros (all included)
  2. Scholarships. A 40% reduction for students from Africa (and the African Diaspora) and Asia. Fees for these students: 3,123 Euros (1,044 Euros/year)
  3. Please request for scholarships for other regions (Europe, the Middle East, Latin America...)
  4. Download the syllabus of the Professional Doctorate in Business in Africa (PDF)

Education for all

Admission Criteria. To be admitted to the Professional Doctorate in International Business specialisation Africa, students must have earned a master's degree or have a minimum of three years of work experience in relevant positions in the field of international business.

Graduate students in the Professional Master in Business in Sub-Saharan Africa of EENI can enrol directly on the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Africa validating all the subjects already studied on the master.

Doctoral Diploma. Students who pass the assessments and the thesis will receive the Diploma of Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa issued by EENI (School of International Business).

The diploma of doctorate is awarded after assessing:

  1. The level of participation of the Doctoral student in the subjects of the Doctoral programme
  2. The research work
  3. The defence of the thesis

Once defended and overcome the thesis, Doctoral students will receive the diploma of “Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa” issued by EENI (School of International Business).

Intended to:
Graduates and professionals who wish to continue their professional career in the field of international business with an emphasis on Africa.

Our continuous enrolment system allows students enrol at any time and study from anywhere in the world without any displacement.

Methodology: e-learning/Distance Learning.

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Markets analysed in the Professional Doctorate in International Business specialisation Africa:
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Research areas of the Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa:

  1. The Doctoral student should select the most appropriate subjects for his thesis.
  2. The Doctoral student can use any possible combination of subjects
  3. Minimum ECTS to be selected is 20, and the maximum is 60.
  4. NOTE: Brackets show ECTS credits

Economic Area of the African Civilisation (7 ECTS)

  1. West African Economic Area [2]
  2. Central African Economic Area [1]
  3. Southern African Economic Area [1]
  4. East African Economic Area [2]
  5. Maghrebian Economic Area [1]
  6. Interactions of the African Civilisation with other civilisations

African Institutions are leading the transformation of Africa (5 ECTS)

Africa's Transformation

  1. African Union (AU) [1]
  2. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) [0.7]
  3. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) [1]
  4. African Development Bank [1.3]
  5. Agenda 2063 [0.7]
  6. Download the module syllabus: “African institutions” (PDF)

African Business and Economy (5 ECTS)

African Business Economy

  1. African Economy [0.6]
  2. African women [0.4]
  3. African Businesswoman [0.8]
  4. African Businesspeople [2]
  5. Governance in Africa [0.4]
  6. African Frontier Markets [0.3]
    1. Africa: Next Emerging Continent
  7. Download the module syllabus “African Economy” (PDF)

Africa: the Next Emerging Continent

Economic Transformation of Africa (5 ECTS)

Economic Transformation of Africa

  1. African agricultural sector [1]
  2. African Mining Vision [2]
  3. African Green Economic Growth [0.2]
  4. African industry. African industrial policy. [1.5]
  5. Action Plan for the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa
  6. The role of investments in the transformation of Africa [0.3]
  7. Download the module syllabus “Economic Transformation of Africa” (PDF)

Southern Africa (14 ECTS)

Southern Africa Business

Regional Integration in Southern Africa. There are two economic communities in Southern Africa:

  1. Southern African Customs Union (SACU) [0.6]
  2. Southern African Development Community (SADC) [1.1]

It must also take into account COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), and the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement. All the countries of Southern Africa belong to SADC and the tripartite agreement.

Southern Africa Integration

Ports in Southern Africa

Southern African countries with sea access:

  1. South Africa [3]: the second African economy. The first African car maker.
  2. Namibia [1]: an economy based on mining and livestock

Landlocked markets of Southern Africa:

  1. Botswana [1]: diamonds (1/3 of GDP)
  2. Lesotho [0.5]: an African monarchy
  3. Swaziland [0.5]: a small African Kingdom
  4. Zambia [1]: African Frontier Market
  5. Zimbabwe [1]: vast mineral resources.

Download the module syllabus: “Southern Africa”

Eastern Africa (41 ECTS)

DIB East Africa

Regional Integration in East Africa:

  1. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) [2]
  2. Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) [0.1]
  3. East African Community (EAC) [0.5]

Other East African regional institutions.

  1. Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)
  2. International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) [0.1]
  3. Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL)
  4. Indian Ocean Commission

East Africa Integration

Eastern African countries with sea access:

  1. Djibouti [2]: an economy based on marine transport and telecommunications.
  2. Egypt [3]: Control of the Suez Canal
  3. The State of Eritrea [0.5]: an economy based on subsistence agriculture
  4. Kenya [3]: the largest economy in East Africa.
  5. Mozambique [2]: one of the poorest countries in the World
  6. Tanzania [2]: African frontier markets
  7. Somalia [0.5]
  8. Sudan [3]: the largest African country

Landlocked markets of East Africa:

  1. Burundi [1]: one of the World's poorest countries.
  2. Ethiopia [3]: Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union (AU).
  3. Malawi [1]: an agricultural country.
  4. Rwanda [1]: most densely populated African country.
  5. South Sudan [0.5]: newest nation in the World
  6. Uganda [2]: Open to foreign investment.

Island countries of East Africa:

  1. Comoros [0.5]: 50% of the people live below the international poverty line (USD 1.25/day)
  2. Madagascar [1]: one of the poorest African countries.
  3. Mauritius [2]: one of the largest African financial centres
  4. Seychelles [2]: the first African country by Human Development

The largest East African ports and main transport corridors.

Download the module syllabus “Eastern Africa” (PDF).

Central Africa(26 ECTS)

Course Central Africa

Regional Integration in Central Africa

  1. Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) [0.5]
  2. Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) [0.5]

The largest ports in Central Africa

Central Africa Integration

Central African countries with sea access:

  1. Angola [3]: African frontier market.
  2. Cameroon [2]: 40% of the GDP of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa.
  3. Equatorial Guinea [1]: the richest country per capita in the African Continent.
  4. Gabon [1]: strategic position in the Central African region.
  5. Republic of the Congo [1]: heavily indebted poor country.
  6. Democratic Republic of the Congo [3] - 2025: 99 million of Congolese.

Landlocked markets of Central Africa:

  1. Burundi [1]
  2. Central African Republic [1]: political crisis.
  3. Chad [1]: a new African petroleum exporter.
  4. Rwanda [1]

Island countries of Central Africa:

  1. Sao Tome and Principe [0.5]: A “tourist country.”

Download the module syllabus: “Central Africa” (PDF).

West Africa (33 ECTS)

DIB West Africa

In West Africa, there are three key economic institutions:

  1. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [1]
  2. West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) [1]
  3. West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)

West Africa Integration

It is also necessary to consider the existence of:

  1. Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
  2. Niger Basin Authority (NBA) [0.1]
  3. Mano River Union (MRU)
  4. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) [0.1]

West African countries with sea access:

  1. Benin [2]: predominance of the Beninese informal sector.
  2. Gambia [1]: export agricultural oriented country.
  3. Ghana [2]: African Frontier Market, second African gold producer.
  4. Guinea [1]: vast reserves of bauxite and iron.
  5. Guinea-Bissau [0.5]: one of the ten poorest countries.
  6. Ivory Coast [2]: African Frontier Market. Headquarters of the African Development Bank.
  7. Liberia [1]: A nation with a President with the Nobel Peace Prize (Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf).
  8. Nigeria [3]: largest African economy. Nigerian population in 2100: 1,000 millions of people.
  9. Senegal [2]: one of the less corrupt markets in Africa.
  10. Sierra Leone [1]: the fastest growth West African market.
  11. Togo [1]: phosphates and agriculture. Port of Lomé.

Landlocked markets of West Africa:

  1. Burkina Faso [1]: one of the West African countries that have implemented more reforms.
  2. Mali [1]: the third African gold producer, instability in North.
  3. Niger [1]: world's largest reserves of uranium.

Island countries of West Africa.

  1. Cape Verde [0.5]: the growing of Cape Verdean tourism sector

Ports in West Africa

  1. Download the module syllabus: “West Africa” of the Doctorate (PDF)

The Maghreb (9 ECTS)

Maghreb Course

  1. The Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) [0.7]
  2. Algeria [1]: African Frontier Market. 50% of petroleum production in Africa.
  3. Morocco [2]: African Frontier Market. The emergence of Moroccan Businessperson.
  4. Tunisia [2]: the first world exporter of dates. Top tourist destination.
  5. Mauritania [0.5]: the mining and fishing sector
  6. Libya [0.5]: the largest proven Africa's petroleum reserves
  7. Maghrebian Ports
  8. Download the module syllabus “The Maghreb” (PDF)

Transport and Logistics in Africa (15 ECTS)

Transport and Logistics in Africa

  1. Introduction to transport in Africa [1]
  2. Infrastructure in Africa [1]
  3. Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) [0.3]
  4. African ports. Maritime transport in Africa [3]
  5. African transport corridors [3]
  6. Costs of road infrastructure in Africa [0.2]
  7. Transport and regional integration in Africa [0.6]
  8. Information and communication technologies (ICT), trade, and regional integration in Africa [0.4]
  9. African Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020 Africa [0.1]
  10. African Value Chains [0.5]
  11. Download the module syllabus “Transport and Logistics in Africa” (PDF)

Regional Integration in Africa (8 ECTS)

Regional Integration in Africa

  1. Introduction to regional integration in Africa. Regional Economic Communities [1]
  2. Status of the Regional Integration in Africa [2]
  3. Intra-African trade [0.5]
  4. ICT and integration in Africa [0.5]
  5. Financial integration [0.5]
  6. Infrastructures [1]
  7. African Value Chains [0.5]
  8. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) [1]
  9. Tripartite FTA COMESA-EAC-SADC [0.1]
  10. Towards the African Continental Free Trade Area [0.5]
  11. Download the module syllabus “Regional Integration in Africa” (PDF)

International Relations of Africa (8 ECTS)

Africa International Relations

  1. Africa and the United States (AGOA) [1]
  2. Africa and the People's Republic of China [0.5]
  3. Africa and India [0.5]
  4. Strategic partnership Africa-European Union
  5. France-Africa relations
  6. Afro-Arab cooperation [0.5]
  7. Africa and Turkey [0.1]
  8. Africa and the BRICS [0.3]
  9. Africa and Asia [0.1]
  10. Africa and South Korea [0.1]
  11. Africa and Japan [0.2]
  12. The Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA) [0.5]
  13. Africa and South America [0.5]
  14. Download the module syllabus “International Relations of Africa” (PDF)

African Civilisation.

  1. African Civilisation
  2. History of Africa [4]
  3. Slave Trade
  4. African historians [1]
  5. Human development in Africa
  6. Population trends [0.5]
  7. Islam and Christianity in Africa

African business without corruption

Not to corruption in Business

No to Corruption

  1. Download the module syllabus “Not to Corruption” (PDF)

EENI - African Students:
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Abdoul Karim Ouandaogo
Ouandaogo Abdoul Karim (Student of the Master University of Ouagadougou & EENI) winner of one WAEMU regional award.

The main Markets analysed in the Professional Doctorate in International Business specialisation Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mauritius, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Malawi, Burundi, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic, Rwanda Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Togo, Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania...

The main Institutions and organisations analysed in the Professional Doctorate: African Union, the African Development Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations (UN), New Partnership for Africa's Development, Cotonou Agreement, East African Community, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, Indian-Ocean Rim Association, Southern Africa development community, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, Economic Community of Central African States, West African Economic and Monetary Union, Economic Community of West African States, Arab Maghreb Union ...

The main cases of African Businesspeople analysed in the DIB Africa: Tarek Talaat Moustafa, Hassan Abdalla, Mohamed Mansour, Mohamed Ibrahim, Osama Abdul Latif, Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi, Naushad Merali, Mohamed Ali Harrath, Othman Benjelloun, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Patrice Motsepe...

African Businesswoman: Isabel dos Santos, Folorunsho Alakija, Cheryl Carolus, Divine Ndhlukula, Hajia Bola Shagaya

The Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa includes

  • The module Market Access Tool:

Market Access

  • Courses of introduction to the major language of Africa: French, Arabic, Swahili, English, and Portuguese.

Samples of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa:

Mohamed Ibrahim


Africa Agenda 2063

COMESA Common Market Eastern Africa

African Free Trade Area

AFDB Strategy 2013–2022

COMESA Common Market Eastern Africa


Alhaji Aliko Dangote

Cheikh Anta Diop

Bethwell Allan Ogot

Intergovernmental Authority on Development

Africa-BRICS Trade

African Trade Policy Centre

Lesotho Business

African Peer review mechanism

History Africa colonial domination

Forum China-Africa cooperation

WAEMU Common Market

African Corridors

Economic Community Central Africa

Africa Telecommunications

Harmonisation Law Africa OHADA

SADC Transport

CEMAC Central Africa

Port of Maputo

Mohamed Mansour

Sahel-Saharan Bank Investment Trade

East African Community

Namibia Business

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