NWU's PBS gains international accreditation for MBA

Pertunia Thulo -- Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:00

NWU's PBS gains international accreditation for MBA

The MBA programme of the North-West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom Business School has recently been internationally accredited by the prestigious Association of MBAs (AMBA) located in London. The PBS is only the fifth business school in South Africa to receive this much sought-after stamp of approval and is one of 200 schools globally recognised by AMBA. The School therefore qualifies to be counted as among the African continent’s best after receiving this international recognition.

The PBS’s MBA programme was intensively assessed according to 150 criteria, and areas of assessment included the institution as a whole, its personnel (both academic and administrative), programme management, research, the curriculum, as well as the programme’s mode and duration.

Accreditation by AMBA is given for three years, after which it will be evaluated again. “We are delighted to become a part of AMBA’s global family”, says Prof Tommy du Plessis, director of the PBS, “and we intend to build on this international platform. There is no room for complacency. Although we are one of the smallest schools to achieve this accreditation, we pride ourselves on being able to do research of the highest quality on business-related issues. Our MBA degree seeks to empower entrepreneurship, would-be businesspeople and those already climbing the corporate ladder with skills to excel in the business world”. He added that “we pride ourselves as being a business school that sets high standards, and that students with an MBA from the NWU-PBS have a competitive edge over many of their counterparts”.

Also commenting on the AMBA accreditation, Prof Raymond Parsons, who chairs the PBS’s Advisory Board, which comprises a cross-section of prominent businesspeople and outside academics, says that “the Board welcomes the international accreditation that the PBS has received. One of the key roles played by the Board is to build bridges between the School and the private sector in ways that will strengthen the value that teaching and research at the PBS will add in a changing world. Through its affiliation with AMBA, the School will have a ringside seat at the cutting edge of innovation in the MBA world as a whole”.

The NWU-PBS offers its MBA programme at two of the NWU’s campuses, namely at the Vaal Triangle Campus and at the Potchefstroom Campus. The PBS is a member of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) and the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA).


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