A KwaZulu-Natal woman has won the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to study at one of the world’s leading educational establishments. 36 year old Viraksha Chetty, a student at REGENT Business School, will jet off to Oxford University in the United Kingdom in October to attend the institution’s acclaimed Women In Transformation Programme after winning an Actis International Scholarship.
Chetty is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the world’s intellectual elite at Oxford University and believes the experience will make a significant impact on her career. She is looking forward to sharing key learnings when she returns to help bolster women empowerment in South Africa.
“I am overwhelmed and thankful for this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Chetty, a financial accountant at Mandini on the KZN north coast. “I am driven towards being a motivated and strong leader initiating change and development in South Africa.”
Actis* is the bursary arm of Honoris United Universities**, of which REGENT Business School is a member. There was huge interest among students across the seven Honoris-affiliated institutions late last year when Actis offered three scholarships valued at US$100,000**. Honoris United Universities’ Masters students and Masters Alumni were eligible to enter for a chance to attain a postgraduate qualification at the world’s leading educational establishments. Only individuals with an excellent academic track record were considered, and shortlisted candidates had to undergo stringent pre-selection interviews, among other entry criteria, once entries closed on 30 November 2017.
“These scholarships embody the international mobility and collaborative intelligence at the core of Honoris United Universities’ values,” says Luis Lopez, CEO of Honoris United Universities, the first private pan-African higher education network. “We are proud to be forming Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders by providing high quality, accessible education. We are delighted that our graduates will benefit from this opportunity to further widen their horizons and we firmly believe that they will also offer fantastic perspectives, forged in Africa, to these leading establishments.”
Dr Ahmed Shaikh, Managing Director of REGENT Business School, echoes this sentiment. “I am absolutely delighted that one of our students has won the opportunity to gain such invaluable, experience at one of the most prominent institutions in the world,” says Shaikh. “The training and skills that we impart here at our institution equips students for a global career and Viraksha will certainly be able to build on this solid foundation at Oxford. We are proud of her achievement and look forward to hearing about her experiences when she returns.”
In her application, Chetty, who is studying for her MBA at REGENT Business School, described herself as having strong motivational and leadership qualities. “I have achieved so much and I believe there is a lot more to be achieved, as the world is full of endless opportunities. I want to be a part of the global world as a young professional adding value.”
Chetty, who has two daughters, Riddhi (age 1) and Suvarna (age 7) with husband, Vikesh Ramoutar, is one of three Honoris United Universities’ students who will be jetting off to study in the UK.
“I feel so blessed,” adds Chetty. “This is really a dream come true – never had I imagined such an opportunity! Oxford University is known for its rich history, discipline and best international standards. I look forward to networking and meeting people from across the world for the programme and learning in a world-class environment.”
The two other winners from the group are; Akram Maaroufi and Chourouk Haouel from Université Centrale in Tunisia have both been accepted the Master in Energy Management programme at ESCP Europe London Campus.
Actis is a leading investor in growth markets, delivering consistent competitive returns, responsibly. It has a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America and has raised over US$12bn since inception.
The firm invests through insights gained from trusted relationships and local knowledge, deep sector expertise and an unparalleled heritage, set within a culture of active ownership.
Applying developed market disciplines to growth markets, an established team of c. 100 investment professionals in ten countries identify investment opportunities in response to two trends: rising domestic consumption and the need for sustained investment in infrastructure across private equity, energy and real estate asset classes.
Actis is a signatory to the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), an investor initiative developed by the UNEP FI and the UN Global Compact. Actis targets consistent superior returns across asset classes over the long-term, bringing financial and social benefits to investors, consumers and communities. It calls this the positive power of capital.
**About Honoris United Universities
Honoris United Universities is the first pan-African private 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 labor markets.
Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 27,000 students on 48 campuses, learning centers 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™.
REGENT Business School’s Interest in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship has a pivotal role to play in sustainable development and poverty eradication. It has the potential to stimulate economic growth through job creation; help formalise businesses; create opportunities for and thereby empower disadvantaged groups such as youth and women; and strengthen local productive capacity by developing linkages with transnational corporations and thereby indirectly maximize the impact of foreign investment. It also has the potential to contribute to socio-economic development by promoting fairness in opportunity and gender equality.
Entrepreneurship can also have a significant impact on job creation. According to International Labour Organization (ILO) projections, 500 million new jobs will need to be created by 2020 in order to provide fuller employment. Developing countries will require more than 90 per cent of these jobs, presenting an unprecedented challenge for emerging economies in Africa.
On Saturday 14 April 2018 REGENT Business School, a private leading management and business education provider and a member institution of Honoris United Universities, hosted its Graduation Ceremony at the International Conference Centre in Durban. The event commenced at 11h00. Professor Marvin Kambuwa, the principal, officiated at the ceremony. Other keynote speakers and special guests from our partner Honoris United Universities institutions were also in attendance.
As is normal, this ostentatious ceremony witnessed the culmination of hard work when hundreds of students were richly rewarded for their academic effort as they walked on stage to receive their just reward, especially in the presence of their emotionally charged parents and other loved ones.
In total 1141 students graduated. Whilst the majority of our graduates hail from the Southern African region, a reasonable number of graduates are from other regions of Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Students graduated in key programmes which include the Bachelor of Commerce Degrees, Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degrees, Diplomas, Higher Certificates, Post Graduate Diplomas and the MBA Degree. This is a major milestone in the history of REGENT Business School, especially given that the institution has been producing quality graduates since its humble beginnings.
Many of the students received their diplomas, certificates and degrees with Cum Laude awards – a noteworthy achievement for both the students and REGENT Business School. In addition some graduates will be receiving their diplomas, certificates and degrees with Meritorious Awards.
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All over the world people have ignored warnings of water insecurity and unfortunately the City of Cape Town has been seriously affected by a drought. It will probably be the first city in the world to run out of water.
The executive mayor of Cape Town has warned citizens that the city is “very likely” to run out of water in April. After two years of drought which saw rain at about one-third of normal levels, reservoirs supplying the city are running dry. Calls to limit individual consumption to 87 litres per day have, say the authorities, been ignored by three-fifths of the people living in greater Cape Town – which has 3.7 million people. It would seem that some people do not care and are sending Cape Town towards DAY ZERO. It is the date on which the city will run dry. It was initially set at 21 April 2018, but has since been moved forward to 12 April 2018.
On 12 April the water supply will be turned off and Cape Town will become the first major city in the world to run dry after failing to mitigate the consequences of drought.
Day Zero is the day that almost all of the taps in the city will be turned off and the population will have to queue for water. The drought and associated water shortage has officially escalated to the level of a Disaster. The hope for a natural solution ended with the close of the main rainy season in September, and it is clear that water in the dams supplying the city will not last until the next rains in May-June next year.
Contribute towards the Procurement of Water to Save Lives in Cape Town
REGENT Business School as part of its Social Responsibility will be responding to the plight of the citizens of Cape Town in partnership with the Gift of the Givers Organisation. An earnest appeal is made to all Staff, Students and Well-wishers to donate cash towards this unfortunate crisis. The Gift of the Givers Organisation will take the responsibility of procuring water and provide the necessary logistics to deliver to Cape Town.
Please make your invaluable contribution in cash towards this most worthy cause – sustaining life on earth.
Entrepreneurship is the habitus or spirit of REGENT Business School. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to tackle global and local challenges, transform rural and urban communities, close the opportunity gap, create jobs, spur economic development and most importantly empower individuals and communities to confront the dreaded problems of inequality and poverty.
14 December 2017
REGENT Business School signs an MOU with the Egyptian Higher Education Ministry
REGENT Business School, a member of the Honoris United Universities, has cemented its position as a leading distance-learning institution in Africa by signing a memorandum of understanding with Egypt’s Higher Education Ministry. The MoU was signed during the recently held “Africa 2017” Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This paves the way for the establishment of a campus in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
South African trade and industry representatives together with the South African diplomatic staff based in Egypt joined the senior government delegation from Egypt to witness the MOU that was signed by Ahmed Shaikh, Managing Director of REGENT Business School, and the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education, His Excellency, Dr Khaled Abdel-Ghaffer on Saturday, 9 December 2017. Representative from SA’s Department of Trade and Industry, Lerato Mataboge, SA Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, V.W. Mavimbela, a representative from the Egyptian Ministry of Trade, Dr Sherif el Kholy, Actis and cabinet members from the Egyptian government were present during the signing ceremony.
Headquartered in Durban, South Africa, REGENT Business School already has a global footprint and the opening of a campus in Egypt plugs into its vision of providing quality, internationally-recognised, supported distance learning education.
Managing Director of REGENT Business School, Ahmed Shaikh, added, “We are thrilled to be establishing our presence in a promising and vibrant country like Egypt. The programmes we offer at REGENT Business School are benchmarked against internationally recognized programmes and are unique in that they suitably fit the requirements of the local job market. Our undergraduate and postgraduate offerings are designed to equip students – Africa’s current and future leaders – with theoretical and practical expertise in the fields of business administration, commerce, management and leadership, entrepreneurship, and educational management so they can make a strong contribution in shaping our continent’s future.”
The institution’s expansion into North Africa follows its assimilation into the Honoris United Universities group in July this year. “Egypt was the preferred country to form an association because of its many similarities especially the preferred spoken language being English, making the delivery of its programmes easier,” explains Shaikh.
The Cairo campus will open for business during the first quarter of 2018. For more information, visit www.regent.ac.za
*Honoris United Universities and its member institutions will continue with their 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.
Captions: Ahmed Shaikh, the MD of REGENT Business School signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education, Dr Khaled Abdel-Gaffer. In attendance are Lerato Mataboge (far right, The Department of Trade and Industry South Africa), Mr V W Mavimbela (SA Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary). Dr Sahar Nasr Minister of Trade Egypt, a representative from Egyptian Government and Dr Sherif el Kholy partner-Actis
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™.
REGENT Business School FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD (FSB) RECOGNITION
The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) General Degree programme offered by REGENT Business School (RBS) has been formally recognised by the Financial Services Board (FSB) of South Africa and amended to the list of approved qualifications. The qualification is listed under various categories including but not limited to Insurance, Security and Investments, Pension Benefits, Long and short term deposits, Compliance and Assisted business.
The RBS BCom Degree programme inculcates the core functional modules of a commerce qualification which also allows the student to select from the various modules below as areas of specialisation:
- Human Resource Management
- Marketing Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Project Management
- Risk Management
- Retail Management
- Information Technology
- Health Management
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INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY AT WORLD-CLASS INSTITUTIONS
Honoris United Universities has announced that it will be providing sponsorships for two graduates (through its sponsors) from any of the 7 Honoris United Universities (including REGENT Business School) to complete a postgraduate qualification at the world’s leading educational establishments.
The graduates will have the opportunity to apply for these scholarships to study at world-class institutions (such as University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, or a Russell Group University in the UK or at an Ivy League or similarly prestigious university in the US). The first beneficiaries of the scholarship are expected to start in October 2018.
Luis Lopez, CEO of Honoris United Universities, said: “These scholarships embody the international mobility and collaborative intelligence at the core of Honoris United Universities’ values. We are proud to be forming Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders by providing high quality, accessible education. We are delighted that our graduates will benefit from this opportunity to further widen their horizons and we firmly believe that they will also offer fantastic perspectives, forged in Africa, to these leading establishments.”
The eligibility criteria for the International Scholarship is listed below:
Eligibility criteria for the International Scholarship
Step 1: the student must satisfy the following requirements:
- Be enrolled on a postgraduate programme or have completed a postgraduate programme at REGENT Business School;
- Have an excellent academic dossier (top 10% of graduating class, with cum laude)
- Fill in the application form
- Submit a record of extra-curricular activities in support of application for a specific programme;
- Exhibit maturity and sense of responsibility as assessed by a personal statement;
- Submit 3 letters of recommendation, at least two from academics or employers sources who know the candidate well;
- Undergo an interview by the institution’s pre-selection committee (if you are selected);
- Apply for a programme at the chosen university if you are selected (such as University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, or a Russell Group University in the UK or at an Ivy League or similarly prestigious university in the US)
- Pass the chosen university entrance exams as required;
- Pass all standardized tests required by the postgraduate programme
- Application must be received at REGENT Business School by 30 November 2017. Applications should be send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: students satisfying the above criteria will be pre-selected by Honoris United Universities Selection Committee.
Step 3: Final acceptance is a prerogative of the chosen university
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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
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Mr Ahmed Shaikh, the managing director of Regent Business School recently presented a topic entitled, “Top 10 Business Trends That Will Drive Success in 2016” to prospective students at the Hilton Hotel in Durban. Click on the link below to access the presentation.
Regent Business School held an Open Day at the Hilton Hotel in Durban on Wednesday the 20th of January 2016. Click the link below to download the presentation conducted by Mr Ahmed Shaikh, the managing director of Regent Business School.