Durban, 8 October 2015 — Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School today announced the opening of a new satellite support office in Durban.
KwaZulu Natal Education MEC, Neliswa Nkonyeni, welcomed the new initiative to support NMMU Business School MBA and executive education students in the province at a launch event attended by Kwazulu-Natal business and government leaders, representatives from HR, skills development and training organisations, media, NMMU alumni and the Business School’s senior leadership.
The new office is located at the South African Sugar Association’s Kwa-Shukela building in Mount Edgecombe, where it is centrally positioned in the heartbeat economic growth for the province near the Dube Tradeport and Umhlanga.
NMMU Business School announced that the new office opens the door to applications from Durban area students for its two-year, part-time MBA programme. NMMU offers its block-release MBA from Port Elizabeth, which students visit three times a year. Students access online learning resources and support between visits, including online resources and videoconferencing support sessions that will be broadcast to the new facility from 2016.
NMMU has an established client base in the province and has delivered executive education and training programmes in Kwazulu-Natal since 2012. The Business School will continue to focus on delivering customised learning programmes for clients. Clients will now be able to choose whether to receive programmes in-house or at the Kwa-Shukela facility.
“NMMU Business School is pioneering a new model of business school that is global in its vision and alive to its African context. We strive to be a thought leader in management and leadership development in emerging markets and to play a role in helping our country develop holistic leaders who will respond, interpret, transform and contribute to sustainable development in the region” said Professor Steve Burgess, NMMU Business School Director.
“The School is rated among the top business schools globally and on the continent, and our products will support the development of creative, innovative and socially responsible business leaders in an emerging market context,” he said.
The NMMU MBA degree is ranked among the top 200 programmes internationally and the NMMU Business School is in the top three per cent of the world’s 17,000 business schools, according to the Eduniversal Global Rankings. The School recently ranked fourth in market share among all executive education programmes offered by business schools in South Africa, according to the latest Financial Mail Business School Rankings. On the international front, NMMU Business School is one of only two business schools on the African continent admitted as a member of the prestigious European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration.
Last month, NMMU Business School opened its new R116 million “green” Business School building located at the 2nd Avenue Campus of NMMU. The building is the first educational building or public building in South Africa to achieve a “4 Green Star design rating” by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
The Business School incorporates green principles into all programmes, including its new customised Incoko online blended learning interface designed by NMMU IT engineers. This entails “paperless” delivery for degree programmes. The School is currently adapting the system executive education and training programmes.
Burgess said NMMU Business School will also roll out its Strategic Conversations anthology in Durban, a series of public lectures that delves into burning social, economic and environmental issues often through the participation of NMMU Business School adjunct professors such as Dr. Ian McCullum and visiting professors that include Dr. Iraj Abedian.
“Whereas it was once enough to understand traditional high-income countries, an empathetic understanding of emerging countries may be the difference between winning and losing today. Today, success requires decision-makers to understand sources of demand, sources of supply and methods of effective management in global markets.”
“We hope that this new initiative will help Kwazulu-Natal managers prepare for opportunities and challenges in the emerging, globalised business world. We also hope to learn from our students in Durban and KZN and draw on them to help shape the School’s development trajectory through exposure to new insights from global markets and key industries. The potential for leadership development is very exciting in this province,” he said.