PBS’s MBA just the right medicine

Pertunia Thulo -- Wed, 02/19/2014 - 00:00

PBS’s MBA just the right medicine

The Potchefstroom Business School (PBS) of the North-West University and Aspen-Pharmacare agree: expert leadership is of cardinal importance for the country’s progress.

This is why Aspen-Pharmacare awarded bursaries of R31 000 each to seven outstanding MBA students from the PBS for their 2014 study year.

Hanno Kruger, Mary-Jane Mthanti, Almarie Stander, Marelie Howell, Suné Basson, Lelethu Bungu and Izak Pretorius are the proud bursary holders.

The bursary covers all of the students' MBA expenses for the year and will ensure that the chosen candidates are equipped with sufficient financial support to make a success of their MBA studies.

“Due to financial reasons, I considered terminating my MBA studies. It can sometimes be difficult to do this on your own, but thanks to the bursary this is no longer the case,” said Pretorius.

Stavros Nicolaou, senior executive officer of strategic trade development at Aspen-Pharmacare, says this is a long-term investment in the interest of the country. “We need future leaders to guide the country’s economy in the right direction and to establish social cohesion. This is where an MBA is so valuable, because it bridges the gap between ideas and feasibility.”

According to Nicolaou, Aspen-Pharmacare did not hesitate to choose the PBS and NWU as partner.

“We are looking for reliable institutions with proper reputations, and this is exactly what the North-West University and the Potchefstroom Business School embody. We are honoured to be associated with the North-West University and the PBS. To be able to see the Potchefstroom Campus again, is just to realise anew how beautiful it is here and what a wonderful institution it is.”

Prof Tommy du Plessis, director of the PBS, voiced his appreciation towards Aspen-Pharmacare’s involvement and reaffirmed the abilities of the bursary holders.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of our MBA programme, but it is the first year that we have a sponsor. For this, I would like to thank Aspen-Pharmacare from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the PBS. The students receiving these bursaries are part of a dedicated group who are performing extremely well academically. I have no doubt that they will make a great success of their careers ahead.”




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