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New Academic Member: The University of Stellenbosch Business School

ABIS is delighted to welcome The University of Stellenbosch Business School as a new academic Member of our network.

Here is what Prof Piet Naudé, Director at The University of Stellenbosch Business School had to say about joining ABIS:

"The University of Stellenbosch Business School recognises that business cannot exist in isolation from the society in which it operates. It is particularly important in a developing economy such as South Africa. 

For this reason the 50-year old USB, as a pioneering business school in Africa, has launched several initiatives to give life to this philosophy. The Centre for Business in Society at the school, the design of a core MBA module, called “Business in Society”, and the foundation of a Small Business Academy are three examples.

Through its successful application to join ABIS, the USB intends to extend its international network with like-minded institutions that realise that an appreciation for business’ role in society is critical. More importantly, this realisation should form part of the way we prepare the executives of tomorrow to lead teams in a sustainable manner.

Currently, the USB involves its alumni and MBA students, as well as corporate sponsors, in initiatives through which the business school addresses societal needs. 

One of these is the USB Small Business Academy. Sponsored by large corporates, the SBA supports the development of small business owners from under-developed communities in Cape Town. Alumni act as mentors to the entrepreneurs to further assist with the growth of their businesses. MBA students also play a role by doing research on small business and by being involved in the evaluation of the impact of the Academy’s development programme. 

In this way, the business school plays a conscious role in contributing to address three of the critical challenges in the South African and African societies today: unemployment, poverty and inequality."

 

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