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Stellenbosch Business School Appoints New MBA Head

Martin Butler started his term as the head of the MBA programme at University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in Bellville on Monday, 6 June.  Butler was previously the head of USB's Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration.


Five issues to consider when negotiating deals in Africa

When negotiating business deals in Africa, a number of issues should first be considered, says Ismail Moola, manager: Corporate Finance (Mergers & Acquisitions) at Deloitte & Touche. He recently addressed an international group of business students from Belmont University in America who were at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) as part of their international study module.


Down Memory Lane with the Association of African Business Schools

For Event: AABS Connect: Annual Conference 2016 2016-05-22

I was at Lagos Business School last month for the Association of African Business School’s annual conference. This was a lovely opportunity for me to meet old friends again and to reflect on progress achieved during the past decade. 


GSB professor wins prestigious award at international conference

Associate Professor Hamieda Parker won out against dozens of submissions from around the world to claim the ‘Best Paper in Africa’ award for her paper on collaborative new product development at the recent GIKA conference in Valencia, Spain.


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?   


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. 


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.  


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


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.


The Transformational Role of Academic Mentoring in Turbulent Times


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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