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Greetings from the Alumni Office

  • OCT 27
  • Tags Technology, Business, News, University

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A time to reflect and to look aheadPlanning for 2018 provides the USB Alumni Office with the opportunity to reflect on the wide range of contributions from alumni during this year. As we enter the final quarter of 2017, our thoughts shift towards achieving annual objectives, preparing for exams, developing strategies for 2018 and perhaps arranging a holiday break. Regional chapters such as Gauteng, the Western Cape and Mpumalanga are finalising their activities for the year. Also, we still have planned events for Namibia and East Africa during November and December respectively.

Alumni’s participation in accreditation assessmentsIn September and October, USB hosted the peer-review teams from two of our three accreditation bodies, namely AMBA from the UK and the AACSB from the USA. These reaccreditations are highly important for USB. USB’s leadership team and stakeholder groups were assessed to ensure that our strategies and plans are aligned with our vision and mission, and that these are monitored for appropriateness and effectiveness. Thank you to those alumni who have attended the accreditation panels of both AMBA and AACSB, and for your positive contributions. During this process, USB has collated stories from alumni as a measure of positive impact and we look forward to share these and other success stories in AlumNet.

Ongoing learning and engagementThe growing number of masterclasses and speaker events over the past five years indicates progress on continuous learning and sustainable engagement. Masterclasses increased from one in 2012 to four masterclasses in 2016 and seven in 2017. In 2017, for the first time, three of these took place outside the Western Cape: one in Gauteng, one in Ghana and one in Nigeria. Alumni Business Dialogues in regional chapters increased from 23 in 2012 to 48 in 2016 and to 55 in 2017, with an increase in attendance in many chapters. Contributing to this increase were events hosted in partnerships, notably with USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED), Institute for Futures Research, Resource Alliance and US, INNOVUS, Rand Business Club, Citadel and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).

Masterclasses increased from one in 2012 to four masterclasses in 2016 and seven in 2017

We thank our partners, regional chairpersons, committees, alumni and USB faculty for their commitment to reach out to alumni and to increase engagement. Thank you also to all alumni who are delivering testimonials at MBA and other information sessions, and who have served on industry panels at major events. Sharing business knowledge and success stories at masterclasses and regional events helps to increase our sense of belonging to the USB Alumni Association.

USB’s Alumnus of the YearIn September, the USB Alumni Association called for nominations for Alumnus of the Year 2017. Thank you to those of you who have nominated fellow alumni. A selection panel reviewed the nominations based on criteria of “being a graduate from USB, or USB-ED’s comprehensive executive development programmes, who has excelled as responsible leader, who supports the values of USB, who has achieved visibility during the past 12 to 18 months, and has showed strong leadership in business with strong environmental, social and ethical governance”. The recipient of this award will be announced at a prestigious leadership-themed gala dinner in association with the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation in Cape Town on 27 October. We wish the 2017 Alumnus of the Year every success and look forward to a life-long partnership with him or her as ambassador of USB.

Greetings from the Alumni Office
Christélle Cronjé

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