The NWU now has one unified business school.
This comes after an announcement that the Potchefstroom Business School (PBS) on the Potchefstroom Campus and the Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership (GSBGL) on the Mafikeng Campus will from now on function as one and will be known as the North West University School of Business and Governance.
Prof Tommy du Plessis, director of the former Business School in Potchefstroom, announced this during the opening of the MBA Study School on Monday, which staff and students attended. The special speaker at this year’s opening was Mr Kevin Horlsey, one of only a few people in the world who have received the title of International Grandmaster of Memory.
The announcement about the unified school comes exactly a year after Prof Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor of the North-West University, opened the MBA study week on 26 January 2015 in Potchefstroom and challenged the two directors of the PBS and the GSBGL to come up with a plan how to unify the two schools.
They took up the challenge. The North West University School of Business and Governance will have three sites of delivery – the Mafikeng Campus, Potchefstroom Campus and the Vaal Triangle Campus. “The three sites will differentiate themselves in their marketing and by serving specific market niches,” says Prof Tommy.
The mode of delivery will be part time – on Saturday mornings in Afrikaans in Potchefstroom, Monday evenings in English at Quest in Vanderbijlpark and in English over selected weekends in Mafikeng.
The new business school’s AMBA re-accreditation visit is due in October 2016. “This accreditation is “non-negotiable” as far as the Business School staff and management of the NWU are concerned. “It should be noted that the AMBA accreditation visit will include all three sites, as all of them are sites of delivery for the MBA,” says Prof Tommy.
“The new level 9 MBA was introduced on 1 January 2016 and is 100% aligned on all three sites, as is the PGDip (Postgraduate Diploma in Management), which is ±80% aligned (the only differences are the electives). So as far as course content and assessment are concerned, the three campuses offer the same qualifications,” says Prof Jan Meyer, acting director of the former GSBGL.
Lecturing facilities at all sites will be of international standard and will definitely meet the AMBA criteria. This refers to the aesthetic ”look and feel” of the facilities as well as technological advancement of equipment such as Wi-Fi and video-conferencing.