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Opportunity magazine is a niche business-to-business publication that explores various investment opportunities within Southern Africa’s economic sectors and looks to provide its readers with first-hand knowledge about South African business. Opportunity also looks to present South African business to international markets that may have interests in investing in South Africa. The publication is endorsed by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI).

NWU Business School

NWU Business School First business school in Africa to receive international BGA accreditation. The NWU Business School at the North-West University (NWU) is a driving force of business education in Africa. Not only has the internationally prestigious Association of MBAs (AMBA) renewed the MBA accreditation of the NWU Business School, but the school is also now officially the first school on the African continent to receive international accreditation from the Business Graduates Association (BGA). This follows a virtual visit to the NWU Business School by panel members of the AMBA, with which the BGA is affiliated. According to Prof Jan van Romburgh, chief director of the NWU Business School, the school managed to also successfully secure another five-year international accreditation for its MBA qualification. “Business education in general – and the role of MBAs in particular – is going through a fundamental transformation, both globally and domestically. In a fast-changing world and country, business schools must remain relevant by providing business education that critically unpacks their socio-economic environment for successful business strategies.” Prof Van Romburgh says it is a huge vote of confidence from the BGA that it has accredited the NWU Business School as the first in Africa. “The AMBA accreditation also denotes the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. Only 2% of recognised business schools around the world have AMBA accreditation. We are proud to be one of them. We recognise the big changes across the continent of Africa that excellent business education must help to navigate and manage successfully.” The AMBA is the only professional membership association that connects MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers across the world. What is accreditation? Accreditation certifies that an institution has the capacity to fulfil a particular function within the quality assurance system. Programmes that receive this accreditation reflect changing trends and innovation in the postgraduate education sector. They foster innovation and challenges and encourage business schools to continuously perform at the highest level. Why is this a big deal? Students and graduates, business schools and employers alike all recognise the AMBA and BGA accreditation as a gold standard. The rigorous accreditation criteria and assessment process ensures that only the best programmes achieve accreditation. The accreditation bodies look at programmes that demonstrate the highest standards in teaching, learning and curriculum design; career development and employability; and student, alumni and employer interaction. Employers looking to attract game-changing managers and future business leaders know that graduates from accredited programmes have received the best quality, most relevant management education. To recruit a graduate from an AMBAor BGA-accredited programme is to recruit top talent. This accreditation gives our business school worldwide recognition and honour. What does it mean to the MBA students? Employers are increasingly asking for business graduates who possess a balance between hard and soft skills, innovative capabilities and a mind-set geared towards being more socially responsible. We can guarantee that our students who obtained an MBA or Postgraduate Diploma in Management will bring all these qualities and skills to the table at their workplace and make a viable contribution to their company. “For our MBA graduates, accreditation offers the opportunity to connect with peers from the best global MBA programmes. Student and graduate membership of the AMBA means alumni can network internationally, knowing that they are connecting with individuals from equally impressive programmes.” Prof Van Romburgh says that students, through the AMBA, can enjoy career advice and support, a job portal, events, access to the latest research and thought leadership and selected offers and benefits. “In short, it opens doors and facilitates opportunities and we are committed to making sure that each and every student receives the best possible education in order to shape executive minds in Africa.” Enquiries: Johan van Zyl | Tel: 084 504 3544 | Email: johan@jakemedia.co.za For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/NWUBusinessSchool/videos/337838344438189 Website: www.nwu.ac.za

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