Academic year kicks off on a high note for PBS’s MBAs
The opening of the academic year for the Potchefstroom Business School’s (PBS) flagship qualification, the Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) kicked off on Monday 28 January with the summer study school in Potchefstroom. The opening was attended by approximately 250 MBA students (first to third year students) from the Potchefstroom as well as the Vaal Triangle group. Prof Tommy du Plessis, Director of PBS, welcomed the MBAs and encouraged them with his address, which dealt with success and what makes a person/manager successful.
Dr Theuns Eloff, Vice-Chancellor of the NWU, as well as professor extraordinary at the Potchefstroom Business School, officiated the opening of the PBS’s study school. His theme was about merging, and he specifically referred to the merging of the three NWU campuses and which lessons corporate institutions could learn from it.
The PBS boasts with a total of 120 first-years, 80 second-years and 75 third-years, which correspond favourably with last year’s figures. The PBS again maintained an extremely strict selection process of a very high standard. This year there are also twelve students working at the NWU who registered as first-years for the programme.
The MBA first-year students of 2013 represent a wide variety of occupations, amongst others, pharmacists, accountants, project managers, academics, teachers, engineers, financial advisors and medical doctors.
The geographic distribution of this year’s group is reasonably centred in the North West and Gauteng region, although there are also students from the Free State, Northern Cape and Limpopo as well as a few from KwaZulu-Natal.
The PBS planned a stimulating programme for the week during which academic lecturers, guest lecturers and guest speakers constituted part of the programme’s structure. We hope that the MBA students found it very fulfilling and supplementary to their pursuit of progressive management and leadership enrichment.