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GIBS launches Ethics and Governance Think Tank

South Africa’s future is threatened by ethical failure and grave social challenges. There is a need for change and a widespread sense of urgency, but how and where to start?   

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GIBS Associate Director: Personal & Applied Learning appointed to executive committee for international coaching institution

Alison Reid, associate director: Personal & Applied Learning (PAL) at University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), has been appointed to the executive committee of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC) effective from April 2016. 

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MBA students shine at GIBS 2016 graduation ceremony

Academic excellence proved itself once again when University of Pretoria’s (UP) Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) recently held its formal graduation ceremony and  conferred 489 degrees and diplomas to the Master in Business Administration (MBA), Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) and Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) class of 2015.  

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Harvard Business School partners with GIBS to launch Senior Executive Program in Africa

Leadership development program will teach local executives to design and execute effective strategies, accelerate growth, and establish a powerful network of peers

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Women in tourism to be developed to executive level

On 15 March 2016 the UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) launched a brand new Executive Development Programme for Women in Tourism. The programme will be presented by the SBL’s Centre for Business Leadership in collaboration with the UNISA College of Economic and Management Sciences’ Department of Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain, Transport, Tourism and Logistics Management (ESTTL) and is endorsed by the National Department of Tourism (NDT). The programme was officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa.

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The Transformational Role of Academic Mentoring in Turbulent Times

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The on-going disruptive dynamics associated with the recent nationwide “Fees Must Fall” campaign, specifically in the higher education sector, has combined with a number of other transformational agendas which will change the nature of  South Africa’s academic fabric forever.

Commencing at the turn of the millennium, the restructuring of the higher education sector saw the merging of multiple major academic institutions across the country, effectively cutting, incorporating and merging around 36 universities and technikons into 23 (1) – some of these into truly “mega-institutions”.

Under the leadership of the Minister of Higher Education at the time, Kadar Asmal, this seemingly impossible, potentially volatile and highly politicised task was completed in terms of the main infra-structural and legislative processes and procedures, by around 2007.

In parallel, the essential transformation of the demographic make-up of the new national academic intelligentsia began, and continues today. However, there appear to be increasingly strong arguments that not all the hearts and minds of the previously established academic cohorts have changed sufficiently.

 

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Here’s why University of Stellenbosch Business School is Lagos Business School’s preferred partner

Lagos Business School (LBS), based at the Pan-Atlantic University in Nigeria, has for the second time chosen the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) as its African partner in LBS’s International Management Programme. This programmes aims to equip Nigerian entrepreneurs and business people with the required skills to take their business outside of their country. Prof Kayode Omoregie, academic director of the programme, explained LBS’s partnership with the South African business school is based on the USB’s reputation as one of the continent’s foremost providers of business schools. The USB’s knowledge on doing business in Southern Africa is also key.

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University of Stellenbosch Business School appoints head of social impact

Business in society expert Prof Arnold Smit has been appointed as USB's head of Social Impact. He says for USB it is important that social impact should form part of the mainstream of what students are taught, the research being done and also the skills development of future managers. 

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Resourcing the business school in a time of “disruption”

There is good news and bad news for business schools.

First the good news. Business schools internationally are getting a lot right. Students continue to enrol in increasing numbers in all program levels, schools are raising standards as evidenced by accreditation successes, employers are generally more satisfied with graduate performance and alumni are largely positive about their student experience.

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Innovation needs problem solvers

The Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) hosted its 4th Research and Innovation (R & I) Day on 3 March 2016 at the schools Midrand campus.  The theme of the event was “The changing face of innovation in Africa”.  The SBL R & I Day forms part of the R & I Month hosted by Unisa that focuses on transformation in research and innovation.

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