REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL EXPANDS ITS FOOTPRINT IN AFRICA AND LAUNCHES A GLOBAL PAN-AFRICAN MBA
REGENT Business School is launching its distance-learning MBA in North Africa with two of its partner institutions from the Honoris United Universities pan African higher education network. The Global Pan-Africa MBA will be launched this week by Université Centrale Group in Tunisia and the Université Mundiapolis in Morocco.
REGENT Business School is a leading distance-mode management education provider in Southern Africa. The Global Pan-African MBA focuses on enhancing management and leadership skills in the African continent. The continent has a huge skills deficit and in particular, there is a dearth of management expertise. An MBA is internationally acknowledged as a means of fast-tracking the development of leaders and managers to meet these demands. Internationally, the MBA is recognised as the premier business qualification and it has stood the test of time in transforming people into high-level decision makers and agents of progress.
The MBA is aimed at contributing to enhancing leadership and management skills whilst developing the socio-economic environment of the African continent. The core curriculum of the MBA programme primarily deals with generic global business and management issues. It is unique in that, all core courses are embedded with reading material and case studies that are Africa-centric. In addition, global problems and challenges such as Sustainability, Governance, Political Economy and Ethics are included in the core curriculum. The MBA programme will also offer electives in Islamic Banking, Health Care Management, Doing Business in Africa, Emerging Markets and the Digital Economy.
REGENT Business School’s intention is to shape and nurture socially responsible entrepreneurs, public and private sector managers and leaders for the renaissance of emerging economies.
The MBA has been benchmarked with many international institutions’ programmes, including business schools in Africa. This standard enables students with sufficient and relevant work experience and appropriate qualifications to further develop their functional and reflective competencies in business management and administration. The MBA will also enable students in the private and the public sectors to develop in-depth, advanced discipline-specific skills and applied competencies that will provide them with opportunities for personal intellectual growth, more purposeful employment, and the ability to make a meaningful contribution to society.
“REGENT Business School is delighted to launch this exciting initiative and supports the concept of collaborative intelligence, cultural agility, mobile mindsets which are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education,” says Ahmed Shaikh, MD of REGENT BUSINESS School.
“This Pan African association with Honoris United Universities has enabled REGENT Business School to expand its footprint in North Africa becoming an international cross-border institution. RBS is also actively exploring some academic collaboration projects in Egypt which will allow REGENT Business School to work with dynamic and leading CEOs, managers and entrepreneurs across the North African markets of Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco” declares, Luis Lopez, Ceo of Honoris network.
Honoris United Universities harnesses the collaborative intelligence and the pioneering efforts of these institutions to educate Africa’s next generations of leaders and professionals.
In essence, the Honoris United Universities and its member institutions will continue with its quest to create pan-regional profile graduates with cross-border academic and work experience to be competitive in today’s fast-paced and demanding labour markets.
About Honoris United Universities
Honoris United Universities is the first private pan-African higher education network committed to preparing and educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals able to impact regionally in a globalized world. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mindsets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. Honoris United Universities joins the expertise of its member institutions to create pan-regional profile graduates that are competitive in today’s fast-paced and demanding labour markets.
Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 27,000 students on 48 campuses, learning centres and on-line, in 9 countries and 30 cities across Africa. More than 100 degrees are offered in the fields of Health Science, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Arts and Design, Media, Education and Political Science.
Honoris United Universities. Education For Impact™.
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Are Degree and Certificate Programmes in Business Education only for the Privileged Few?
Not so, says Ms Fathima Ussuph, Director of Student Recruitment at REGENT Business School. “The new Millennium and the Digital Economy”, she further asserts “Demand a new set of skills for businesses to function efficiently and productively”.
The days when a privileged few achieved academic qualifications in order to seek a well-paying job are long gone by. Business schools have learned that they have to align with the needs of businesses of all sizes and shapes. REGENT Business School’s Academic Internship programmes through distance learning does precisely that, by going even further in bridging the gap between what businesses want and what it can offer. REGENT Business School certainly believes that combining a paid job with training towards an academic qualification is the best way to meet the needs of both the business sector and the employee.
Through the Internship Programme, employees who were previously denied opportunity to study would now be able to combine on-the-job training with flexible study programmes to acquire a degree, diploma or certificate qualification. The internship compact between Employer, Employee and REGENT Business School is a win-win scenario for all concerned. Moreover, the managerial and leadership skills gaps that have become sharply defined in the new millennium and the digital era are easily addressed by this new partnership.
Even for employers who see up-skilling of their employees as central to their talent strategy, academically educated personnel can become an intrinsic component in the equation to address higher level skills gaps. Given that well-educated employees are set to become a vital to the success of businesses, it is important that we work together to create a well-qualified workforce for the business sector and the country at large.
Our Internship Programme will empower business to attract employees with potential, enabling them to recruit from a larger pool of talent. Also worth considering is the use of the Internship Programme as an opportunity to train existing staff in new knowledge, or to retain senior staff who are motivated and engaged.
With more businesses expected to need staff with critical skills, REGENT Business School’s accredited BCom degree and post graduate programmes such as the Post Graduate Diploma in Management and the flagship MBA, reflect the knowledge, competencies and professional values required for management and leadership roles. The institution is also well-positioned to respond to the needs of businesses that require shaping the competencies they require. We can shape a bespoke Executive Education programme in management specifically for your needs.
The door is open for innovative partnerships in business development, especially in terms of businesses interested in matching their needs to academic programmes that REGENT Business School offers. Please get in touch with us to find out more about how the Internship Programme can work for your business and we will either arrange a visit to your workplace or look forward to welcoming you to our campus.
The following short courses are offered at our Johannesburg Campus:
- Effective Business Writing
- Finance for Non-Finance Managers
- Junior Management Development Programme
- Middle Management Development Programme
- Project Management
- Public Sector Supply Chain Management
- Risk Management
- Sales and Marketing
- Supply Chain Management
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Shanghai (China) Study Tour – 22nd – 29th September 2017
REGENT Business School will be embarking on a life changing Study Tour of Shanghai (China). The study tour will take place in September 2017. Besides being a life changing experience, the study tour will provide you with an opportunity to experience at first hand how business operates in another country-China. In addition, you will be able to see a variety of companies in various industries. There is no experience that can substitute for taking one’s learning global, especially given the future of the world economy.
China is a country that is on track to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy. For the past twenty years, Shanghai has been growing at a significant pace and is the destination of the 2017 study tour. Shanghai, being a key business hub, having an extravagant culture, magnificent infrastructure and a fluid transportation system, provides a wonderful introduction to China. Shanghai is anticipated to be an interesting learning experience. Expect to be charmed by exploring the city and its infrastructure, experiencing its culture and consumer behaviour and tasting its exotic cuisine. The delegates will be given the opportunity to attend lectures, meetings and discussions which will provide insight into logistical and social dynamics.
This experiential tour will make the city, the railway system, the restaurants, the streets, the infrastructure and taxis of Shanghai expand the minds and perspectives of delegates, thereby becoming their classroom
On Monday evening, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) sent shock waves through South Africa when it downgraded the country’s foreign currency rating to BB+ – officially sub-investment grade – while local currency debt has been downgraded to BBB- (one notch above junk).
Both ratings carry a negative outlook, meaning further downgrades may lie ahead.
Hours after, ratings agency Moody’s confirmed that it would also be placing the country on review for downgrade.
Moody’s currently has its South African rating at Baa2, two notches above junk. This means that should it too announce a downgrade rating, it will not necessarily mean junk status for South Africa.
Junk status has a number of dire consequences for both the country, and its people. It affects future investment, currency, interest rates, and employment, among other things.
What is even more concerning is that economists note that more than not, countries that are downgraded generally fall into recession, and South Africa is likely to follow that trend as it is currently not geared towards sustainable growth.
According to Absa, interest rates are likely rise, thus increasing the monthly cost on things like homeloan and vehicle finance repayments. The rand is also likely to lose further ground against international currencies, which would increase the price that we pay to import foreign goods.
Treasury said in a statement on Monday evening (3 April) that while the leadership of the finance portfolio has changed, with Treasury now under the helm of Malusi Gigaba, government’s overall policy orientation remains the same.
“This rating announcement calls for South Africans to reflect on the need to sustain and act with urgency to accelerate inclusive growth and development so that we can reverse the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
“Reducing reliance on foreign savings to fund investment and relying less on debt to finance public expenditure will secure South Africa’s fiscal sovereignty and economic independence,” the Treasury said.
The government department published two infographics better explaining how credit ratings work, and what junk status means for ordinary South Africans.
Impact of junk status on an ordinary South African
How credit ratings work
Minister Gigaba is set to brief the media on Tuesday to provide a ‘comprehensive report’ on announcement by the two ratings agencies.