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MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAMME HEAD: MBA

Over the past five decades, USB has continually improved its MBA programme to meet complex challenges in the South African, African and global business environment. In 2016, USB will introduce its new professional MBA programme. This MBA has been redesigned into significantly shortened formats, namely the Full-time MBA over one year and the Modular MBA over two years. Both are presented at NQF level 9. The professional MBA aims to train professionals who can contribute to the development of knowledge and to innovative leadership. The MBA degree is therefore a relevant and solid investment that prepares individuals for advanced and specialised professional employment.

One of the greatest benefits of doing an MBA is that students can immediately start to implement their learning in their work environment to help resolve problems.

Management tools, techniques and hard skills such as strategic management, economics, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. However, the soft skills acquired on the programme are especially valued by employers and students. Soft skills such as leadership and communication skills, adaptability, flexibility and self-awareness can be applied across a myriad of professional environments, and are in high demand in the business environment.

One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which develops leaders as individuals with their own authentic leadership styles. The International Study Module at foreign business schools offers students a global perspective that supports the other elements of the MBA. To further enhance global perspectives most electives are presented by international faculty. The collaborative approach to learning through group work, the analysis of case studies and networking combined with individual work support the analysis of business problems and the development of solutions.

USB’s professional MBA provides a transformative experience, with new and different viewpoints on current and future business challenges. This enhances the MBA graduate’s relevance in the business environment.

Prof Marlize Terblanche-Smit
Head: MBA Programme, University of Stellenbosch Business School
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