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SA's MBAs to get internship boost

By unknown | Dec 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Leseja Mokgata

Leseja Mokgata

South Africa's business schools are taking strides to boost their international standing with the introduction of internship programmes in MBA qualifications.

Mthuli Ncube, head of Wits Business School (WBS), said: "It is an international norm for the top business schools to provide internships in their MBA programmes. I don't know why South African schools have not done the same."

WBS will introduce internships with large companies for next year's intake of MBA students.

Ncube said that WBS would consider a joint MBAs with other business schools internationally to facilitate an exchange programme where students could experience the global corporate environment.

He said: "We'll also making sure that ethics and governance take a more significant profile. Deeper leadership skills need to receive more emphasis in the changing business landscape. Some people will also have the opportunity to specialise in that field."

Douglas Jennings head of the MBA programme at Regenesys Business School said the programme, which was launched in September, did not include an internship programme because the institution, which started its MBA programme this year, did not have enough of a track record.

Jennings said: "We are still running the programme on a part-time basis. We took in our first twenty students this year, and we insisted that they be in a key managerial role for at least five years."


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