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The International Journal of Management Perspectives (IJMP) is an annual academic journal of REGENT Business School, South Africa. Manuscripts submitted for publication in IJMP should focus on management perspectives with a view to promoting research and discussion on issues relating to management and business in the context of regional and global development, and more specifically, issues related to the political, social and economic development. The journal encourages critical thinking and discussion.
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On Wednesday, the 5th October 2016 REGENT Business School conducted their first ever Graduation ceremony held at the Westville Correctional Services centre in Durban to honour Graduands from the Medium E (female) section of the prison.
A similar graduation ceremony was simultaneously conducted at the Medium B (male) Prison.
Six students altogether from both sections of the Westville Correctional Services Centre, two female and four male students, had successfully completed their studies in one of the following programmes; the Higher Certificate in Business Management (CIBM), Higher Certificate in Islamic Finance, Banking and Law (HCIFBL) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PG DIM).
The Muslim Prison Board KZN played a supportive role in facilitating the communications between REGENT Business School and the officials at the Westville Correctional Services Centre.
The Department of Correctional Services staff who were present at the female Graduation ceremony had very motivating and supportive messages for the female Graduands and the inmates attending the ceremony.
The Durban Correctional Services Social worker at the Medium E facility, Mrs Dhlamini recognised the efforts of REGENT Business School in bringing the graduation ceremony to the students. She eluded to the fact that this was a very first such event held at a female correctional services centre. She said that historically students would study through a college and they would receive their certificates via the post. There was no ceremony to recognise the student’s efforts or to motivate the other inmates. She was direct in motivating the audience to make the effort and commit to educating themselves. She lauded REGENT Business School for being the only institution to recognise their students and for their commitment towards student’s success and achievements.
The head of the Durban Correctional Services, Mrs Mkhize expressed her heartfelt gratitude to REGENT Business School for making education accessible to the inmates of Westville Correctional Services Centre. She said that she saw the graduation ceremony as being an affirmation of the commitment and dedication the students had in completing their studies. She recognised the female offenders for their efforts and in achieving their qualifications despite the harsh conditions they found themselves in. Mrs Mkhize further indicated that the parole board looked favourably upon and encouraged students who had undertaken some sort of study during their time in prison. She finally expressed her pride in the achievements of all the students graduating.
REGENT Business school representatives addressed the audience of approximately 50 inmates on the study options available to them and received questions that the inmates had. The morning’s proceedings ended with refreshments for the inmates.
Reflective of the educational purposes that we espouse, at REGENT Business School (RBS) we began with the end in mind, building foundations of hope, nurturing aspirations of greatness and formulating dreams into reality. Efforts that culminated into a day that we were all proud of as the assembled audience gasped in awe and cheered from the heart as the hall echoed with names of future leaders, in confirmation of an achievement of a lifetime.
The 2016 RBS Graduation ceremony attracted some 2000 plus attendees from afar as Angola, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, DRC, Lesotho, Tanzania and Nigeria. Students acknowledged every moment in celebration of their unique experiences of years of learning. The highlight of which, was when they crossed the stage to receive their award for their toil and sacrifices towards the achievement of academic success.
To make the graduation ceremony more reflective of RBS’s aspirations for all of its students, by acknowledging them in a meaningful way, we revised proceedings to focus on the individual students rather than formalities and speeches, thus allowing us to finish in record time, leaving graduates with time to revel in their achievement with fellow graduates, families and friends, over a scrumptious lunch. After 13 years of public schooling and 3 to 4 years of tertiary studies, a commitment of this magnitude deserves reflection.
All institutions of education publicly state and believe that every individual can learn, and have high expectations for all their learners to succeed and achieve. If this is the end we have in mind, then we are striving for a life of rich possibility for all. At RBS we want every graduation to have the capacity to contribute to the common good of society, by consistently producing graduates of exemplary caliber, accomplished by a student centric approach to teaching and learning together with establishing a bond with our students, as not only academic but as life coaches too.
To return to the point about ‘beginning with the end in mind’, these accolades achieved are a worthy end to keep in mind. Dedication and commitment from both Institution and learners towards a common goal, and the achievement thereof deserves this acknowledgement. We at RBS celebrate their achievements, appreciate them as unique individuals and speak with optimism of their future. RBS is proud to say that all of our graduates have achieved something of worth and meaning, for that is what we at RBS set out to do. Join us in this magnificent journey to consolidate, enhance and provide education in the Republic of South Africa.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Local and Global Research Initiatives (ILGRI) at REGENT Business School in partnership with the South Africa’s Department of International Relationships and Cooperation (DIRCO), THE Embassies of the BRICS nations in South Africa, the Durban Chamber of Commerce, eThekwini Municipality, the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) and other Corporate and Public Sector Organisations is hosting a BRICS Masterclass on 16 September 2016. The occasion will also be used launch the BRICS and Emerging Markets Business Schools’ Association and provide an opportunity for delegates to interact with the Trade Missions of the BRICS countries.
Interaction and Trade between the BRICS Nations
Theme: Doing Business with the BRICS
Date: 16 September 2016
Venue: The New Centre for Entrepreneurship Building – REGENT Business
School – 35 Samora Machel Street – Durban
Time: 07h30 for 08h00 to 12h30
Cost: R500 per person
The morning will commence with a Reception and Welcome at 07h30 and a Breakfast at08h00 during which the BRICS and Emerging Markets Business Schools’ Association will be officially launched in South Africa. The Masterclass will commence at 09h30 and conclude at 11h00. Thereafter delegates will be able to interact with the BRICS Trade Missions. A Finger Lunch will be served before the event draws to a conclusion at 12h30.
The Andries Botha (South Africa’s World Famous Artist) Exhibition on Sustainability will feature throughout the day
Seating at this Prestigious Event is Limited. To reserve a seat and register for the event, please contact
Ms Portia Nthetha: email@example.com
Ms Alison Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding information on accredited MBA programmes in Cape Town is not too difficult. In fact, with the huge volume of tips, advice and information available for prospective MBA students, the challenge lies in wading through all that info to find out what you need to know the most.
To help you understand exactly how the programme works, we have put together a short guide that gives you an overview and an indication of what to expect.
Top Tips for Pursuing an MBA in Cape Town
If you’re dreaming of getting an MBA in Cape Town, here’s what you need to know…
- Choosing a programme.
There are many MBA programmes in Cape Town. Not all of them are equal however. The best way to determine which programme is right for you is to consider a few important factors. Cost is one such factor – while you can expect to budget a fair amount for your studies, you should not be left bankrupt. Another factor is the learning methods used. Is remote study possible? How will you be assessed? How much work is typically required? You should also ensure that your MBA will be accredited, and also find out what the general success rate is of the programme. Check out testimonials from previous MBA graduates – this will help a lot to give you an idea of how successful the programme is from a student point of view.
- Applying for your MBA.
The things that you should focus on the most for the application process include your essay, interview, letters of recommendation, GMAT exam and financing. First things first, find out whether any preparation exams such as the GMAT are required. Next, begin preparing your application. Choose your essay topic carefully and enlist the help of a friend or family member to go over it for you afterwards to check that there are no errors. Do some reading to get examples of typical interview questions that you can expect. Think carefully about your letters of recommendation… it is far more valuable to get comprehensive letters from a small company for an important job you completed than it is to get a generic letter from a large company for a random part-time job. You should also start to think about financing options at this point.
- What to expect.
The MBA is hailed as one of the toughest courses out there. In many ways, this is true – the stress is very real and the pressure is very much on you from the very start. With that said, it is also incredibly rewarding, too. The course lasts around a year and consists of 12 course modules (one of which is an elective module) and a final research dissertation. Subjects within each trimester range from strategic management to marketing, finance, economics, operations, leadership and other subjects that relate to the broader business environment. Various sectors are also explored, giving graduates a holistic view of business and all of its facets.
To find out what it is like completing an MBA at REGENT Business School, view our testimonials to see what some of our former students have to say. You can also check out our MBA FAQs for further information on completing an MBA in Cape Town.
Prospective undergrads are faced with a sizable challenge when selecting a Cape Town distance learning campus. First, there is the question of whether or not your chosen school has the courses you are interested in studying. Then, you need to have full peace of mind in knowing that remote learning is handled efficiently. You also need to consider aspects such as cost, accessibility, exam process, reputation and innovation.
One way that you can help to narrow down your selection is to watch out for some of the most commonly made when choosing distance learning schools in Cape Town and surrounds.
Avoid These Cape Town Distance Learning Campus Mistakes
Some of the biggest mistakes to avoid when deciding where to study include the following:
- Making a rushed decision. This is one decision that should never be made in haste. Finding the right school can be hard, and time-consuming. But trying to rush things by picking a place without doing your homework is never a good idea. Start thinking about schools as early as possible. Make a list of places that look like that have what you need, then begin to research each one carefully. What are your looking for in a remote campus? Make a list of things that are most important, and compare each school you are reviewing to see which ones have what it takes.
- Following someone else’s choices. Just because your girlfriend, boyfriend or bestie has chosen a college, it does not mean that you should follow them. If you really like the school they have chosen, and it offers the courses you want to take, and ticks all of your boxes, then you can apply. If your choice is being made mostly on staying close to your partner in crime however, you may end up jeopardising your future by blindly following someone else’s choice.
- Buying into the hype. Reputation is important to some degree – mostly because it separates the fly by night schools from the truly good schools. Don’t be swayed by campuses that are ‘trendy’, ‘prestigious’ or ‘cutting-edge’ however. A big, famous school that is notoriously hard to get into will not automatically mean that you will get the best education. Sometimes, smaller or regional schools have a better offering or have interactive tools that will help you grow.
- Letting your parents make your decision for you. Parents are great for support. They should never dictate where you should study however. What was right for your mom or dad will not necessarily be right for you. Colleges and distance education campuses in Cape Town have changed a lot even in the last decade – the experience that your folks had will therefore never be the same as the experience that you may have.
- Not keeping an open mind. You may not have even considered studying via a remote campus, because you were dead set on a traditional on-campus school. Being too rigid in your thinking may prevent you from finding a learning facility that is exactly right for you, so try to keep an open mind right from the start… whether you are dreaming of a future MBA or a diploma.
Need help making the right decision? Contact REGENT Cape Town today and let us know what you are seeking in a distance learning campus in the Western Cape.
Now that your child is all grown up and ready for distance study in Cape Town, what can you do to help students prepare for the next phase in their life?
After all of the challenges that parents face during their child’s life, from the toddler years to the first day of school, tweens and teens, it can be both exciting and scary when children reach the age where they are ready to go out into the world and study. Traditional universities can be especially scary for parents, with a number of challenges faced by students that include very real risks. Luckily, the rise of distance learning campuses has made it possible for students to have more choice in where they study than ever before. Distance education in Cape Town and South Africa enables students to either live and study at home or move out at their own pace when the time comes, without the added pressures of campus safety, housing and transport.
Helping Your Child Prepare for Distance Study in Cape Town
Even if there is less pressure when studying remotely, making the move from school to distance study is still not without its share of stresses… for students and parents. Some of the ways that you can help your child prepare for distance studies include the following:
- Be supportive. This does not mean being a ‘helicopter’ parent, hovering over your child’s every decision. What it means is simply being there for your child. Give advice, provide guidance and try to let your child make their own decisions without thinking about what you would do. Remember that college today is very different to how it was when you were at school. The challenges faced by today’s youth are very different, too. By listening, providing support and encouraging your child, you will be showing them that you will be there, whatever they decide to do.
- Be practical. You may find that your child decides to stay at home while they study, but you may find that they decide to spread their wings and find a place to share with friends. If it is possible, encourage your child to consider part-time work to help with study costs. One of the many benefits offered by distance education in Western Cape and other areas is that it is flexible. Your child may choose to wait tables or babysit, or they may find work in their chosen field while they study after-hours. By staying practical and encouraging your child to make pragmatic decisions, you will be able to help them create a calm and stable environment, whether they are at home or not.
- Be fair. Parents may get frustrated at times – this is natural. If you are finding it hard to understand why your child has chosen a specific course or qualification, or why they insist on getting a Higher Certificate in Management for Real Estate Agents when you are sure they would be better in a retail environment, you are not alone. It is normal to feel helpless when you do not agree with the decisions your child is making. No matter how hard it is however, it is essential to be fair and try to put yourself in your child’s shoes. By trying to control their choices or force them into making choices that you yourself would make, you may end up causing more harm than good.
Every child needs to go through the process of coming of age. Whether your child is setting off for distance studies in Cape Town or further afield, the only way to truly help them is to provide guidance and support so that they learn how to make their own destiny.
Interested in learning more about distance education in the Western Cape? Contact REGENT today for details on our Cape Town campus.