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North-West University Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership

Telephone: +27 18 389-2486
Fax: +27 18 389-2335
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Postal Address: Private Bag x 2046, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa
North-West University Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership
The then University of North-West and now the North West University (Mafikeng Campus) is the first and currently the only University in South Africa to offer a professional twin track Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programmes. These programmes are as a result of a capacity building initiative by the Department of Local Government and Housing as part of a UK Department of International Development consultancy project Creating Sustainable Development in the North-West Province.

Following these initiatives, an agreement was reached between the then University of North-West and the University of Liverpool (UK) to offer a career-oriented, professional and interdisciplinary MBA/MPA programme in the then University of North-West. This resulted in the University of North-West adapting its existing MPA programme with a view to responding to demands from individuals and provincial government for up to date employer based management training for both public and private sector.

The twin-track MBA/MPA programme was offered for the first time in 1998. On the 14th January 2000, as a result of an intergration between the twin-track MBA/MPA programmes and the Centre for Business and Management Development (Business Centre), the Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership at the then University of North-West was established. Thereafter, the then Centre of Local Government and Sustainable Livelihood (now Municipal Leadership Training Academy (MULTA) was created. The Graduate School consists of three divisions: Centre for Business and Management Development known as Business Centre, Municipal leadership and Training Academy (MULTA) and Postgraduate Division. The Postgraduate Division is responsible for offering academic programmes at postgraduate levels, such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and PhD. 

The vision of the Postgraduate Division is:
  • Our vision is to become a leading business and management programme recognised for high quality teaching and research that advances student learning, managerial careers, and the frontiers of management knowledge. We strive to build upon our recognised activities to contribute to the economic future of the North West Province and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The mission of the Postgraduate Division of the Graduate School is:
  • To prepare capable, ethical, and successful business and government leaders who will have a positive impact on people, organisations, the community, and the natural environment. Our MBA programme achieves its mission by providing the educational experience that:
    • Emphasises the management of the functional areas of organisations;
    • Requires analytical competency and critical thinking;
    • Encompasses the challenge of conducting private and public sector business in a global environment;
    • Includes the social, public and ethical considerations of leading and managing in the context of a developing society;
    • Engages life long learning and professional development.
Drivers of our mission
The drivers of our mission are:
  • People: To provide adequate support for recruiting and retaining academic staff and graduate learners, including individuals from diverse backgrounds, capable and contributing to the Graduate School’s research, teaching and service missions.
  • Research: To foster an active research community, where Graduate School academic staff and postgraduate students freely and readily exchange ideas in the generation of knowledge.
  • Instruction: To continually evaluate and improve curriculum design and module delivery in the light of ongoing technological and professional change, with particular emphasis on opportunities to integrate coursework and modules with other related disciplines.
  • External Relations: To build and maintain strong relationships with alumni, donors, current and prospective learners, community related stakeholders and continually expand employment opportunities for our postgraduate learners.
  • Internal Operations: To streamline Graduate School governance within the Faculty and develop efficiency and transparency in the allocation of resources to foster full faculty productivity and camaraderie.
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