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A message from USB Alumni President

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A message from the President of the USB Alumni Association

  • Nov 31 2019
  • Tags Alumni, Message, stakeholders

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Reflecting on this year, it is clear that alumni excelled as ambassadors of USB, helping to build the reputation of the school, and strengthening the links between USB and its stakeholders. Alumni engaged in the USB, USB-ED and IFR networks with pride and dedication, reminiscent of the value of a lifelong relationship.

Congratulations to Dr Shaun Vorster, Alumnus of the Year Dr Shaun Vorster received the USB Alumnus of the Year Award at the USB-Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation Leadership Lecture at the One & Only Hotel in Cape Town on 31 October. We congratulate Shaun as a worthy recipient of this award and wish him well as Vice-President: Business Integration and Activations of EXPO 2020 Dubai.

Alumni serve as ambassadors and corporate partners at our accreditations USB was recently assessed by the accreditation body EQUIS. We are proud to be one of the three business schools on the African continent bearing the Triple Crown of international accreditations – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. In September, alumni engaged with the EQUIS peer review panel on the value of being part of this association. Congratulations to everyone involved on the positive outcome of EQUIS. In 2020, USB will apply for AABS accreditation from the Association of African Business Schools for the first time.

Alumni help to give effect to the new USB Strategy 2019-2021 The school’s new vision says: USB is globally recognised as a source of value for a better world. Alumni all over the world contribute to this through responsible leadership that positively impacts society. USB endeavours to exceed stakeholder expectations and to be a resource partner for our alumni. In 2019, the USB Alumni Association’s executive committee, chapter committees and alumni represented the School at a range of activities as industry speakers, panel discussion members and guest lecturers. Alumni hosted international incoming groups, sponsored Leader’s Angles and chapter events, and provided awards for the Student Top Achievers. USB created opportunities for alumni to participate in more than 50 speaker, career and networking events across Africa during 2019. What’s more, alumni testimonials help to grow student numbers and also the number of employers employing our graduates.

On behalf of the USB Alumni Association Exco, I would like to thank our alumni for contributing to the proud legacy of the Business School and for their participation in the USB Alumni Association. We look forward to an inspiring 2020.

Wishing you all a blessed, peaceful and joyous festive season and a meaningful 2020.

Yours sincerely,
Prof Prieur du Plessis
President: USB Alumni Association

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Shayo Imologome

October 2019 Leading Letter

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Greetings from the Alumni Association

  • Oct 30 2019
  • Tags Alumni, Message, Opinion, West Africa

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By Shayo Imologome

USB Alumni Association Chair: West Africa Chapter

I take it to be a great pleasure and privilege to write this edition’s leading letter. I assumed the role of USB Alumni Chair: West Africa Chapter earlier this year and it has been an interesting and exciting journey since then.

The USB Alumni Association has been a pillar of support to its members in the areas of networking for business growth and learning, and this has translated into positive awareness for the school as a whole. I must state here that most of what we have been able to achieve so far has been due to the hard work and dexterity of our executive team who have worked tirelessly to see that the association remains vibrant and relevant.

Our most recent event was the Alumni networking session held in September this year that was part of the MBA week, which was held by the USB in conjunction with the Lagos Business School, where we had a very successful meeting. We were also privileged to have Dr Nthabiseng Moleko all the way from South Africa present a paper titled, “Grow Africa: The use of Development Finance to re-ignite the Economy”.  It was also nice receiving some of the current MBA students from the USB who were in Nigeria for the MBA week.

Nation building is a collective responsibility and if Africa must rise it will require the efforts and contributions of professionals and industry leaders. The USB Alumni Association presents a great opportunity to positively contribute to thought leadership from the dissemination of ideas and contributions made at some of our meetings. Excerpts and key conclusions from the September Alumni meet up were featured in two major newspapers in Nigeria – Business Day Online and The Guardian.

Our plans for the future are to continue to build and strengthen the bond between all alumni members through our networking events, we also hope to bring on board new alumni members who have recently concluded various programmes at USB. Our future events will incorporate more projects surrounding corporate social responsibility as well as increased visibility in thought leadership.

Education and youth empowerment are also critical issues for concern and providing a forum to help to the youths is imperative if we must build capacity for strong future leadership. Focus will also be given to providing support in these areas through career talks, which we hope to commence next year.

In summary this great Alumni Association has been as much enlightening as it has been enjoyable, being part of a system that provides feedback to society in various capacities is a privilege and I look forward to meeting more of the great members of this association as well as doing even greater exploits!

To your future success!

Shayo Imologome

USB Alumni Association Chair: West Africa Chapter

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September 2019 Leading Letter

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A message from the USB Alumni Association Chairperson

  • Aug 30 2019
  • Tags Alumni, Message, Opinion, Leading letter

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By Elyssa Spreeth, Chairperson: USB Alumni Association

Can you believe it? Year end is almost around the corner and it feels as if the year just started.  However, from a USB alumni perspective, we can look back at a very exciting and busy year.

We are very pleased to have had a successful Alumni Exco AGM in the beginning of the year where various new initiatives were shared, amongst those are the new Alumni web portal where all alumni can register and get updates on developments. Have all of you registered yet? Give us your thoughts and feedback on how it can improve.

From the various chapters, 19 events took place. Two events took place in Cape Town, two in Gauteng, four elsewhere in South Africa and 11 events taking place across the globe. These events are either knowledge sharing events or business dialogues with prominent speakers. We are trying to make our alumni network as accessible to our alumni as possible and we encourage you to reach out and use these networking opportunities and join our community of lifelong learning.

USB is in the final stages of preparation for EQUIS visit for re-accreditation in September. Alumni and corporate engagement forms a core part of the self-evaluation report. Alumni will form part of the discussions and will get invited to select discussion and network events with the EQUIS team.

We are looking forward to the Alumnus of the Year awards, which will take place in October.

After a successful experiment in 2018, we are excited to announce that the electives will be open to alumni in November again this year and we would like to encourage our alumni to participate. It is a key opportunity to brush up on business skills or even share your knowledge on specific business areas.

Who has visited the upgraded facilities yet? The modern facilities are quite a step up from what I was used to during my studies in 2010 and I would most definitely encourage all alumni to come and enjoy a cappuccino in the upgraded cafeteria if they are to visit the Cape and specifically Bellville for business or leisure.

On the research front, we would like to congratulate the 445 recent graduates and three doctoral graduates.

As I write this, South Africa is building a new future post national elections with quite a few challenges ahead. From a business perspective this poses various challenges as well as opportunities. As business leaders, we should consider opportunities to leverage BBBEE as well as considering the opportunities and threats of the fourth industrial revolution.

Please share your thoughts and try to attend your alumni get-togethers where possible.  If you feel you are in a region with significant alumni but no alumni chapter, talk to us.  It is through connectivity that we build strong alumni bonds and enable networking which could perhaps benefit your business or personal growth.

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Christelle Cronje Alumni and Stakeholder Manager USB

July 2019 Leading Letter

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A message from USB Alumni and Stakeholder Relations

  • JUL 02 2019
  • Tags Alumni Association, Stakeholder engagement, Top Achievers, Events, AABS

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Dear Alumnus

Collaboration, partnerships, engagement and value creation – these are core to the USB Alumni Association’s strategy and the activities flowing from this. Overall, we focus on forming connections between our alumni and prospective students, current students, corporates and USB. These connections are a key driver of our success, as shown by what we have achieved during the first six months of the year:

  • Welcoming our new chairpersons: In March 2019, the USB Alumni Association’s Executive Committee gathered for its annual meeting. The Association elected Ms Elyssa Spreeth, chairperson of the Mpumalanga chapter, to take over from long-standing chairperson, Mr Isa Omagu who relocated to Ghana. We also welcome the following chairpersons: Mr Mark Phillips (Western Cape), Mr Simon Meyer (Eastern Cape), Ms Shayo Imologome (West Africa) and Ms Emma Rono (East Africa). The Association relies on our chairpersons to help build networks of alumni in their respective chapters and regions.
  • Hosting the USB Top Achievers event: In April, the USB Alumni Association hosted this event at the Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch to acknowledge the top-performing students who graduated in December 2018 or at the start of 2019. Out of 700 USB graduates, 20 new alumni received awards for their academic achievements. Ten PhD degrees were also awarded. The top achievers received trophies, certificates and sponsored prizes. We once again thank our corporate partners who added value to this event through their generous sponsorship of the prizes.
  • Offering a wide range of alumni events: The Alumni Association collaborated with COMENSA to host a successful Coaching Masterclass presented by Prof Tatiana Bachkirova, Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University. Collaborative events in the SADC region continued with alumni in Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland joining the popular knowledge-sharing events of USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the Careers Consulting Club and Institute for Futures Research events. Alumni Business Dialogue events in chapters were hosted with high-level industry speakers, focusing on political analyses of the recent South African election in particular. These events took place in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Botswana, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates. The latter was the first USB alumni chapter event ever in Dubai. Alumni were also invited to participate in a webinar on e-commerce, hosted by the UK chairperson. We thank the chapter committees for their initiative and support.
  • Participating in AABS conference: In June, USB hosted the Association of African Business Schools’ Connect 2019 conference. The USB Alumni Manager facilitated the panel, themed Converging views of business schools: Students and alumni. The panellists consisted of two USB MBA alumni, one alumnus from Groupe IAM in Senegal and one alumnus from Lagos Business School in Nigeria. The panel deliberated on, among others: What is expected of a business school graduate in the light of the demands imposed on business by the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

What does the future hold?

USB has embarked on the development of a new business strategy, and the Alumni Association looks forward to align its strategy accordingly. In September, USB will host the EQUIS accreditation panel where we will certainly highlight our alumni achievements. More importantly, our alumni will be playing a key support role during the discussions and networking events while the EQUIS team is on campus. Over the next four months, the Alumni Chapters are planning a series of Alumni Business Dialogue networking events in Western and Eastern Cape, KZN, Gauteng, East and West Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The annual USB Business Breakfasts are scheduled for Cape Town on 4 October and Gauteng on 6 September. The Alumnus of the Year will be announced at the Kgalema Motlanthe Leadership Lecture Series gala event in October this year.

Best wishes
Christélle Cronjé
Manager: Alumni and Stakeholder Relations

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Piet Naudé

Greetings from the USB

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Greetings from the USB

Piet Naudé

  • FEB 26 2019
  • Tags Alumni, Letter, Director

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Dear USB alumni,

It really feels as if the year has already run beneath our feet!

Here at USB we already welcomed most of our students in the various programmes. We are glad to say that we again attracted top candidates and were able to meet our planned enrolment targets amidst tough economic conditions. There is a marked increase in the number of international and exchange students. This enhances the diversity in our class-rooms and is confirmation of USB’s growing international reputation.

We are very pleased for the successful experiment to invite alumni to enrol for the MBA electives in November last year. This is in line with the growing international consensus that we do not have ”alumni” but rather “life-long learning partners”. USB and USB-ED open doors of learning on-line and at locations across Africa. And alumni in turn become teachers and facilitators on our programmes.

We are up for EQUIS re-accreditation in September this year. This is the last of the three triple- crown quality assurances in this round. We aim for a full term re-accreditation and work very hard to deliver our self-assessment report in July.

This year brings the exciting upgrade of our facilities to the tune of R114m here at Bellville Park Campus to a conclusion. After September we will have a modern staff and student cafeteria and custom-built classrooms with top-notch technical facilities.

On the research front, we are happy with the high level of research outputs, the number of doctoral graduates and – especially – with the excellent through-put with MBA treatises. Gone are the days that a significant proportion of our students had to delay their graduation.

As I write this, South Africa is in the midst of a trust crisis. Never before has the motto of responsible business leadership been more apt than now. We are also preparing for national elections in May with the full hope that our country returns to some normality and good, job-intensive growth.

Receive USB’s best wishes for the year. Watch out for alumni events in your region. And visit us whenever possible!

Piet Naude

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October 2018 Leading Letter

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A message from USB Alumni Western Cape Chapter

  • OCT 23 2018
  • Tags Alumni, Western Cape Association, VUCA World, critical skills

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Dear fellow USB Alumni

Globally we are experiencing a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. In South Africa, specifically, these VUCA forces have put our economy and business environment under immense pressure. The manifestations have been diverse and extensive in nature; for example:

  • Social volatility fueled by inequality
  • Business uncertainty exacerbating unemployment
  • Crisis management related to complex sustainability issues such as the management of increasingly scarce resources (e.g. water)
  • Ambiguous ethical decisions in the business and governmental spheres.

According to the World Economic Forum “Future of Jobs” survey, the top five critical skills required for meeting the challenges of the 21st century (and by implication a VUCA world) are: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management and coordinating with others. There is no denying that the skills which brought us this far, will not be the same skills that carry us into a bright future.

Einstein famously quoted that “no problem can be solved with the same level of consciousness that created it.” Hence, we echo what our fellow alumni Jakkie Coetzee (Namibian Chairman of the USB Alumni Association) wrote, that an investment in imparting knowledge and supporting education are the surest way to positive change our future for the next generation.

As USB alumni, we are indeed privileged to have been the recipients of further education and to have developed our social, emotional, critical-thinking and complex information processing skills. In combination with our leadership positions, and being the beneficiaries of such education, we are perfectly poised to “pay it forward.”

Our call to action to all USB Alumni is thus to seek opportunities to “pay it forward” – whether it be in your own immediate environment or by supporting USB initiatives such as the “Tembalethu school for learners with special education needs” and “Help women get a business education” fundraising campaigns.

Stay in touch and share the magic of “paying it forward” via USB social media.

Yours sincerely

Western Cape Chapter of the USB Alumni Association

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Alumnus of the Year 2018: Calling for nominations

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Alumnus of the Year 2018: Calling for nominations

  • OCT 22 2018
  • Tags Alumnus of the Year, alumni achievers, success

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We invite USB, USB-ED and IFR alumni to nominate your candidate of choice to become the 2018 recipient of this prestigious award.

Who can be nominated?

Graduates of all USB’s programmes – including its MBA, PhD degrees, other Master’s programmes and Postgraduate Diplomas and graduates of USB-ED’s comprehensive executive development certificate programmes can be nominated.

Alumni who have excelled as responsible leaders in the private or public sector, or in an entrepreneurial venture, who support the values of USB and who act as ambassadors of USB.

Alumni who have achieved visibility during the past 12 to 18 months by, for instance, attracting the attention of the media for achievements in business, management or exceptional entrepreneurial activities, or leadership in business with strong environmental, social and ethical governance.

How do I nominate someone?

Submit you nomination for Alumnus of the Year 2018 to Christélle Cronjé, Alumni and Stakeholder Manager at ccronje@sun.ac.za by 31 March 2019.

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Calling all MBA and Executive Development Programme (EDP) alumni

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Calling all MBA and Executive Development Programme (EDP) alumni

  • AUG 30 2018
  • Tags Alumni, MBA, Executive Development Programme

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USB and USB Executive Development (USB-ED), have partnered in order to provide our valued MBA and EDP alumni with the opportunity to register for the selection of MBA elective modules presented during the 2018 MBA “Electives week” from 19-24 November 2018.

For a comparatively small fee, as an MBA or EDP alumnus, you now have the enviable opportunity to attend MBA elective(s) of your choice on campus with the current MBA students, subject to capacity. You will be able to leverage and learn from all the class participation; stimulation and networking opportunities afforded the current MBA students – but without the accompanying time consuming, formal assessment.

Where: USB’s Bellville Park Campus, Carl Cronje Drive, Bellville
When: 19 – 24 November (excluding Friday 23 November)

FAQ’s

What do the fees include?
Fees are inclusive of VAT and prescribed text book, where applicable.

Who can register?
Registration is limited to MBA and EDP alumni only.

How many electives are there to choose from?
There are 16 electives to choose from, presented across two streams (see table below)

How many electives can one register for?
Delegates are invited to register for a maximum of two electives; should delegates register for two electives*, each must fall within a separate stream (see table below).
* Delegates registering for two electives will qualify for a bundle discount of R2,500 off the total combined fees

Will there be assignments / assessments?
No, there are no assessments for Alumni however there will be reference made to the current MBA students’ assessments. As this is part of the current MBA curriculum, full participation from alumni delegates is required.

Are text books compulsory?
Prescribed text books are included in the fees; they are compulsory and necessary for the purposes of pre-reading; applicable text books will be couriered to each delegate by latest 5 November

Will there be prep work and pre-reading in advance?
Yes. While there is no formal assessment, prep work and pre-reading is compulsory for alumni delegates in order to gain full value from the module and to enable confident participation amongst the MBA students. All required prep work will be timeously communicated in advance.

Are the electives certificated?
Yes, on completion delegates will receive a USB\USB-Ed certificate of attendance

How can one register?
Registration will open 1st week of September and close on 28 September 2018.
Seats are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served-basis

Click here for detailed information on each elective option available; including each applicable timetable

For pre-registration and to secure your seat please contact:
Nicole Adams at USB-ED
e: nicolette.adams@usb-ed.com / t: +27 (0) 21 918 4207)

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Namibia alumni

Meet the new Namibia Alumni committee

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Meet the new Namibia Alumni committee

  • DEC 13 2017
  • Tags Technology, Business, News, University

Chairperson: Namibia Alumni chapter  

Deputy chairperson: Namibia Alumni chapter

Anna Hanghome

She currently works for NAMFISA as Manager: IT Security and Infrastructure. Anna has over 14 years’ experience in IT and is enrolled for the MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She has submitted her thesis for final evaluation and hope to be graduating in December 2017.  She also holds a B-Tech Degree in IT and a Diploma in Business Administration from Namibia University of Science and Technonolgy. Her interest areas include skills development and coaching and she also loves gardening and baking.

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Saara Laudika Hamunyela

She is a Chief Investment Promotion Officer in the Namibian Investment Centre where she is devoting her time to improve investor services, competitiveness and ease of doing business in Namibia since December 2015. She has experience in development economics, and takes special interest in service and change management as well as business process reengineering.   Hamunyela is currently an MPhil in Development Finance student at the USB.  She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Finance, and a BTech Degree in Economics. She lives in Windhoek, Namibia.

Teopolina Namandje

She was born and raised in a small village in the northern part of Namibia. She is a Transport Economist working with the Roads Authority of Namibia. She is goal-driven and passionate about Rural Economic Development Initiatives, with a special focus on economically disadvantaged areas with no access to financial services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch Business School having completed an MPhil in Development Finance where she gained extensive knowledge in financing for development and project finance. Her hobbies include yoga, reading and travelling the world.

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Message from the President of the USB Alumni Association

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Message from the President of the USB Alumni Association

  • Prof Prieur du Plessis
  • DEC 13 2017
  • Tags Technology, Business, News, University

Dear USB Alumnus

 

It is with excitement and pride that I reflect on USB, the commitment and contributions of alumni, and the outstanding achievements of USB alumni globally during 2017.

 

Contribution to USB accreditation

As a proud institution bearing the Triple Crown of international accreditations – namely AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA – USB was assessed by two of the accreditation bodies during 2017. Both AACSB and AMBA recently fully re-accredited USB for another five years. Congratulations to USB’s leadership, management, staff, students and alumni on this achievement.

 

Alumni ambassadors and achievers

During 2017, the USB Alumni Association’s executive, regional committees and members were regularly invited as guest speakers at alumni and industry engagement events, and at events aimed at continuous learning. They served as USB ambassadors at global events and regional information sessions, and contributed to grow the global network and footprint of the association. I thank alumni for sharing industry news and for sharing with others the value that their qualifications add to their work environment and career growth.

 

The USB Alumni Association and senior staff of USB appreciate the various ways in which alumni give back to USB through mentorship, guest lectures, testimonials, as ambassadors of USB, and in financial ways. We remain committed to support alumni in their career growth and continuous learning.

 

USB Alumnus of the Year 2017

At the USB-Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation Leadership Lecture Series hosted in partnership with USB on 27 October, the USB Alumni Association awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award 2017 to Mr Vuyani Jarana, newly appointed CEO of SAA and previously Chief Officer of Vodacom Business. Mr Jarana, an established and responsible corporate leader with sound decision-making skills, has served as the custodian of the values, culture and financial health of various business units and organisations. His success as a business leader is an example of the difference one person can make to sustainable business success in South Africa and beyond. I wish him every success and look forward to a lifelong partnership with him as ambassador of USB.

 

On behalf of the USB Alumni Association’s Exco, I thank our alumni for contributing to the proud legacy of the Business School and for their participation in the USB Alumni Association and its activities.

 

Wishing you and your family a blessed festive season and prosperous 2018.

 

Prof Prieur du Plessis

President of the USB Alumni Association

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