Alumni News 2018

Piet Naudé

Message from USB Director Prof Piet Naudé

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Message from USB Director Prof Piet Naudé

  • Professor Piet Naudé
  • FEB 20 2018
  • Tags Technology, Business, News, University

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 are attracted top candidates and were able to exceed our planned enrolment target with just over 5%. There is a marked increase in the number of international and exchange students. This increases the diversity in our class-rooms and is confirmation of USB’s growing international reputation.

 

We are very pleased that USB attained full term re-accreditation from both AMBA and AACSB. The peer reviews took place last year, and we are once again the only school on the African continent with full term triple- crown status and one of only about 80 schools globally.

 

This year will bring exciting upgrade of our facilities to the tune of R114m here at Bellville Park Campus. There will be some inconvenience, but the end-result will bring us a modern cafeteria and custom-built classrooms with 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.

 

We are sad to lose two of our women academic staff members, Prof Annabel Vanroose (Development Finance) and Dr Heidi Raubenheimer (MBA), but their career paths take an upward turn and we wish them all the best.

 

As I write this, our country is in the midst of an important political leadership transition. I am on record in stating that the former president has lost his moral authority to lead. USB will play its small part to rebuild confidence and hope in South Africa business.

 

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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Overview of Western Cape Alumni Chapter Events in 2017

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Overview of Western Cape Alumni Chapter Events in 2017

  • FEB 21
  • Tags Technology, Business, News, University

The Western Cape chapter of the USB alumni association has elected a new committee at their AGM in 2017. Under the leadership of Nkosinathi Matu, this chapter has hosted a series of alumni -industry dialogue sessions and continuous learning events during 2017. Western Cape alumni delivered testimonials to prospective students at USB programme information sessions and welcomed new alumni at the end of their studies and farewells.

EVENTS 2017

February

Alumni hosted an event at the Protea Hotel Bellville where Roswitha Becker presented on “Education and Training, focusing on business practices to bridge the skill, as driver for global competitiveness, and sharing the GLC story”.  

March

Western Cape alumni hosted a business dialogue at the Big Easy restaurant in Stellenbosch where Rhoda Kadalie was the guest speaker on “Ethics and Responsible Leadership”. 

May

A Business Dialogue at the Protea Hotel Bellville took place in May where the IFR Director, Dr Morne Mostert, presented on “Madrid Scenarios”. 

July

The Western Cape chapter hosted a Mandela Day event on 18 July, where USB staff accompanied the Chairperson to the school for the handover and a morning agenda of celebrations at the Tembaletu School for physically challenged children.

August

In celebration of Women’s month, the chapter hosted an alumni business dialogue network event on 18 August at the Protea Hotel in Bellville where Toni van Niekerk presented on “Women at Work”, reflecting on the City of Cape Town’s drive towards gender transformation through the creation of innovative mechanisms within the public space.

October

Activities in the Western Cape chapter for 2017 were concluded with an inspiring event on 27 October where Dr Tienie Ehlers, Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at USB-ED, presented on “Is Omni-Channel Learning the way to face the Tsunami?’.  Following the presentation the annual general meeting was concluded with the election of the new committee for 2018-2019. The alumni manager shared an overview of current activities of the USB Alumni Association, and the chairperson presented the chapter’s annual report for 2017.

FIRST EVENT FOR 2018

The elected committee plans the first event for 2018 for Thursday, 19 April at USB, where speaker Julia Ahlfeldt will present on “Navigating the Age of the Customer”.

In support of the USB Alumni Association Fundraising project, the committee is planning a Mid-Winter in June to raise funds in support of this event.​

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