50 years of excellence
Decades of excellence were placed in the limelight last week when the North-West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom Business School (PBS) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its MBA degree.
Reunions for alumni as well as members of staff were held on the NWU’s Vaal Triangle Campus, in Roodepoort as well as on the Potchefstroom Campus.
It all started in 1964 with an honours degree in Business Administration, a two-year predecessor for the admission to the MBA.
In 1979, the Post-graduate School of Management was founded, which led to the establishment of the PBS in its current format.
A testament of the School’s resounding success is the awarding of the Association of MBAs’ (AMBA) international accreditation of the PBS’s MBA degree. Only five business schools in South Africa have received this sought-after accreditation, and only 200 world-wide.
According to Professor Tommy du Plessis, director of the PBS, students who have received an MBA from the PBS have a competitive advantage over their peers, not only locally, but also internationally.
“We may be small in stature when compared to other business schools in the country, but we can already be mentioned in the same breath as them.
“It speaks volumes of what we have achieved, and we have no intention to leave it there. We want to continue to grow, we want to continue to broaden our horizons and we want to continue to achieve greater heights. We want to offer our students the best possible education, not only to be able to survive in the private sector, but also to flourish,” Du Plessis said.
He further emphasised that it is the mission of the PBS to ensure that students get the best value for their money by means of an integrated strategic-thinking approach in all of the PBS’s modules.
“Our goal is, and will always be, to deliver research that is of the highest academic standard.”
Caption: Prof Nico du Preez (former director of the Post-graduate School of Management), Prof Klaas Havenga (founder and first director of the Post-graduate School of Management), Prof Cobus Pretorius (former director of the School of Accounting Sciences) and Prof Tommy du Plessis (current director of the NWU Potchefstroom Business School)