Professor Ihron Rensburg, the vice-chancellor and principal at University of Johannesburg.
Professor Ihron Rensburg, the vice-chancellor and principal at University of Johannesburg.
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The University of Johannesburg's (UJ) College of Business and Economics (CBE), set to elevate commerce professions in South Africa has been launched.

The College includes the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) which is one of the largest in Africa. Combining the innovative strengths of the previous Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences, and Faculty of Management, houses six schools focusing on enhancing the profile of management education in Africa.

A statement by the University of Johannesburg stated, "These Schools serve 19 500 full-time students and a further 6 600 part-time continuing education students, totaling about 40% of UJ student enrolment." Acting Executive Dean of the CBE, Prof Daneel Van Lill said: "A week prior to the CBE’s launch, UJ debuted among the Top 500 global universities, ranked in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. This ranking placed UJ fourth in South Africa. The scale and accessibility of the UJ CBE highlights the University’s drive to become an international university with the vision to serve pan-African ideals."

A central part to the CBE will be its newly-established JBS, which at its establishment, is one of the largest business schools in Africa with over 6000 students. The JBS will develop successful African leaders and managers with a focus on context, building on international networks and research collaborations to become the leading school of African management thinking and academic quality, this under the leadership of its Senior Director, Prof Lyal White.

"The transformation of chartered accounting in South Africa is being driven from the CBE School of Accounting (SoA), headed by its Senior Director, Prof Amanda Dempsey. UJ is annually producing the biggest number, (more than a fifth) of all successful African candidate chartered accountants in the country. The School’s programmes are accredited by major national and international industry bodies," the statement stated.

Headed by its Director, Prof Mercy Mpinganjira, Insight into markets facilitated by contextual knowledge and employment of information technology is the unique offering of the CBE School of Consumer Intelligence and Applied Information Systems (SCIIS). The SCIIS is already offering a benchmark Honours programme in Marketing Management in South Africa and has strong industry partnerships with national and multi-national organisations.

Headed by its Director, Hardus van Zyl, the CBE School of Economics (SoE) is a leader in the fields of Competitions and Regulation Economics, Industrial Policy, Local Economic Development and Financial Economics. "The SoE hosts the SARChI Chair in Industrial Policy, the UN IDEP program, CCRED (the research centre of competition and regulation economics) and CENLED (the centre for local economic development)."

It is also ranked fifth in the country by the RePec academic rating for Economics. The CBE School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy (SPMGP) collaborates with a wide range of actors in African and South African developmental government processes. 

The SPMGP, headed by its Director, Prof Christelle Auriacombe, has achieved national and international recognition as one of the most successful higher education and training institutions to build on best practices and to improve governance and management capacity.

Headed by its Director, Dr Diane Abrahams, The CBE School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH), is rated 34th globally among 100 ranked institutions for research in Tourism and Hospitality Management, in the Shanghai Ranking’s 2017 GRAS, the only South African and African university to be included.

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE