Are you living in Durban, Dar es Salaam or even Dubai? No matter where in the world you find yourself, you can do your Blended Learning MBA through the USB in Cape Town. USB MBA student Jacquis Tolsma, who has been a landscape architect at a leading international urban design practice in Dubai for the past two years, says he decided on the Blended Learning format because he could conveniently fit it into his busy schedule. Read more here.
Are you living in Durban, Dar es Salaam or even Dubai? No matter where in the world you find yourself, you can do your MBA through the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in Cape Town. This is possible with USB's Blended Learning MBA programme. USB is the first business school in South Africa to offer its MBA in this format.
USB MBA student Jacquis Tolsma, who has been a landscape architect at a leading international landscape architecture, planning and urban design practice in Dubai for the past two years, says he decided on the Blended Learning format because he could conveniently fit it into his busy schedule.
"Knowing from my wife's experience travelling regularly to South Africa for her studies, I didn't want to travel a lot and knew that I could absorb and master the material from anywhere on the globe.
"I can do most of the work from Dubai, fit it into my schedule, and still get a degree from a world-class university. The Blended Learning programme makes it easy to fit into a busy schedule – from doing group assignments while on holiday and reviewing the recorded tutorials while flying to attending classes in the comfort of my home. Even the way the quizzes are structured assists in getting through the work during the course of each week."
Originally from Pretoria, Tolsma says he always had a keen interest in business and new ideas. "With the MBA I have learnt that I can provide innovation consultancy services to businesses world-wide – and the MBA is giving me the necessary tools to do this holistically, effectively and responsibly. My increased understanding of economics and accounting are helping me to make better business decisions," he says.
"There are many other flexible MBA programmes, but none of them mimics a traditional MBA this well nor do they offer the accreditation and peer-to-peer interaction and learning environment as well as USB. Just two days ago I sat with a friend who has just been promoted to an executive role. I was able to advise her from the case studies and leadership development tools about some of her feelings as an executive and how to effectively manage those. I could also give insights into how to possibly solve some of the problems she faces in her organisation," he adds.
MBA Programme Head Martin Butler says "blended" should not be confused with the conventional "online" or "distance" learning. "Our blended MBA uses both contact time on campus in Cape Town and a synchronous learning environment in our 'glocal' classroom which allows for attendance via a computer, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet," he explains.
"The 'blending' happens between students physically attending lectures and those attending via the 'glocal' classroom via a digital platform of their choice. It is still synchronous learning, i.e. they attend class; it is just their place of attendance that is completely flexible. Students attending class remotely also have the opportunity to interact, make comments and ask questions in class. They also engage in group work with their fellow students via a set of technologies."
He adds: "Technology allows USB to offer a different learning experience to students by taking the lecture room to students across the African continent and the globe, delivering the same MBA experience remotely while still having interaction."
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