MBA Winter Study School: A week of learning and growth

Hosted from 24 to 28 July at The Roots Lifestyle Centre in Potchefstroom, the MBA Winter Study School of the North-West University (NWU) Business School proved to be an enriching and transformative experience for all involved. The week kicked off with an array of insightful guest speakers, leaving the attendees both inspired and enlightened.

Day 1 set the tone for the rest of the week, featuring Prof Pieter Kruger's invaluable insights on unleashing peak performance and optimising teamwork, both in business and personal life. Mr Thabang Mashia and Ms Naadirah Grinsel followed with practical advice on staying relevant and impactful in a dynamic global environment, emphasising the vision to empower future business leaders. Dr Stavros Nicolaou and Dr Terence Sibiya respectively shared valuable guidance on mastering strategic trade in the African global market and doing business in the diverse African landscape.

Day 2 continued to impress, with Phase 1 students diving into modules such as Research Methodology, Technology Management and Managerial Accounting. Simultaneously, Phase 2 students enjoyed learning about Entrepreneurship, International Business Issues, Corporate Governance and the Company Project, enriching their understanding of real-world business challenges.

Throughout Day 3, leadership development took centre stage, empowering students to create positive change within themselves. Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 groups benefited from workshops and expert lectures, gaining valuable insights on navigating uncertainty and fostering stability in the business world.

Day 4 brought yet another highlight, featuring a compelling Fireside Chat, where Prof Ronnie Lotriet engaged in a thought-provoking discussion with Professor of Practice Jacques Faul. The conversation centred around the power of culture in driving organisational success and the importance of nurturing a positive and inclusive work environment.

As the final day arrived, students reflected on a week of tremendous learning and growth. Dr Kaizer Ndlovu facilitated a practical session for Phase 1 students, analysing real case studies on technology management. All students also embraced an exciting prospect of future collaborations born from exceptional networking opportunities offered during the study school.

The Winter Study School concluded with a sense of fulfilment and anticipation for the students’ future success. Armed with newfound knowledge, perspectives and a growth mindset, these aspiring business leaders are poised to make a significant impact in their MBA studies and beyond.

The NWU Business School is proud of the accomplishments of all participants during this transformative week. As they return to their professional lives, they carry with them the tools and insights needed to thrive in an ever-changing business landscape.


Prof Ronnie Lotriet and Professor of Practice Jacques Faul at the Fireside Chat.


NWU Business School chief director, Dr Joseph Sekhampu, welcoming the MBA students.


Engaged MBA students during the opening address to MBA students.

Submitted on Mon, 08/07/2023 - 12:34