30 September 2021 Volume :9 Issue :42

Graduate School of Business and Leadership Hosts Virtual Open Day

Graduate School of Business and Leadership Hosts Virtual Open Day
UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s Interim Dean Professor Ana Martins delivering her welcome address at the School’s Open Day.

UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) hosted a virtual Open Day which featured alumni sharing their experiences and the School providing detailed information on its academic offerings.

Interim Dean Professor Ana Martins said during her welcome address that the School was a research-led business unit that nurtured innovative thinking and entrepreneurship. ‘We create quality learning experiences for students, equipping them with agile and higher learning skills needed in today’s business world.

‘We instil this in our postgraduate students so that when they leave us, they continue with this innovative mindset,’ she said. ‘Many of our alumni are in key positions in companies based not only in KwaZulu-Natal, but across South Africa and abroad. The choice of business school is one of the most important decisions in an individual’s life.

‘I believe our GSB&L is the right choice for bright and ambitious individuals who want to learn and study at a world class institution.’

The School’s academic leaders, Dr Xoliswa Majola and Dr Pfano Mashau gave an overview of its postgraduate diplomas, masters and doctoral programmes and how the unit had adapted its teaching online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Head for Africa Business for Lenmed Health Dr Augusta Dorning spoke on how prospective students should take advantage of the benefits of virtual learning by studying at the GSB&L.

Master of Business Administration and RGM Environmental, Science and Technical support services Country Manager, Ms Simphiwe Mazibuko said her experience at the GSB&L resulted in her enjoying professional and personal growth.

‘When I was working for a state enterprise and being exposed to a lot of things outside of what I had studied and planned for, I decided I wanted to become so good and efficient that no-one could ignore me when I made a point. This is how I came to pursue my MBA at UKZN,’ said Mazibuko. ‘The GSB&L programmes are designed to shape your future, character and mould you as a person. After doing my MBA, I have found that I am now not just a specialist in one area - my position at RGM came about after someone saw my profile and head-hunted me. It feels really good to see how my career is growing.’

Current doctoral student, MBA graduate and professional singer, Ms Praline Ross said the skills she has acquired from the GSB&L have enabled her to become a mind-set coach and edupreneur.

‘I have definitely advanced in my career. I am currently doing my doctorate and have my own business. My journey at the GSB&L has helped me transform as an individual and streamlined the path to finding my purpose.’

Those considering postgraduate studies are invited to visit gsbl.ukzn.ac.za

Offerings include: Doctor of Business Administration; Master of Business Administration; Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies; Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership; Postgraduate Diploma in Local Economic Development; and Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photograph: Supplied

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