The University of Stellenbosch Business School’s MBA is still the only business school of a South African university to hold two global accreditations, EQUIS and AMBA, making it the ideal starting point for candidates wishing to enter a managerial or leadership position in an increasingly complex world.
“The MBA is aimed at ‘future-proofing’ student’s career and places a strong emphasis on the development of critical thinking and leadership skills. Critical thinking skills will equip them with the ability to think well and argue soundly. This, combined with analytical and strategic skills, will help them to recognise economic, social and other patterns and to create an action plan to respond to the unexpected,” says Professor Wim Gevers, associate director, academic of the USB.
It is also important for the university that its MBA graduates have the ability to apply their skills in any industry, anywhere in the world. “Hence, we focus on the business environment in South Africa, in Africa and globally.” The comprehensive leadership module, which spans the entire MBA, covers personal leadership, group leadership, organisational leadership and societal leadership, making leadership development and personal development go hand in hand.
The university uses various strategies to give students exposure to international business. This includes the compulsory MBA International Module, which covers studies at global business schools and visits to leading overseas corporates. The cost of this module is included in the MBA fees.
Prospective MBA students can choose from various options: the full-time MBA (11 months of on-campus classes), part-time MBA (classes on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings) and modular MBA (blocks of classes spread over three years). The modular MBA has three intakes – in January (English), in February (mainly Afrikaans) and in June (English).
“The modular MBA enables business executives to attend lectures without infringing too much upon their work obligations, irrespective of where they live,” concludes Prof Gevers.