Testimonials

Value creation through work-integrated learning is phenomenal. It transfers the main learning experience from the ivory tower to our students' workplace. This creates unprecedented meaning. It releases skills training from being taught theoretically to the most valuable experience that happens on-the-job.

Also, work-integration shifts the traditional study focus from analysis to implementation. It is implementation that changes the world. This new dispensation allows students to experience that they are able to change their worlds at work.

Enjoy screening incredible feedback about real value creation that some students agreed to share publicly.

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Annabelle Moller
Annabelle Moller, Head of Internal Audit at MTC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Annabelle Moller

International business

05.2018

It was very enlightening to see and explore how the first two courses, international business and cross-cultural management are used to build a business proposal. It highlighted to me the importance of the various aspects to consider, from a company, country and investor’s perspective. So, when doing or review investment proposals I will definitely be looking for more than only financial considerations.
International Business Law
Prosper Rugube
Prosper Rugube, Process Operations Manager at MINOPEX, Tete, Mozambique
Linkedin: Prosper Rugube

Operations management

05.2018

The writer thoroughly enjoyed going through this course. Whilst the writer has had previous training in quality management and process improvement tools, this course allowed me the platform to refresh those skills and learn more aspects of six-sigma. As seen from the recommendations, the writer has started implementing some of the concepts learnt through this course.  

The way in which the six-sigma tools are streamlined in the mandatory reading material, allowed me further knowledge on which tool is more appropriate in various stages of the DMAIC concept. There have been significant benefits to the organization as well. This is evidenced by the reduction in the amount of screen panel failures which will assist in achieving our annual production target.
Operations Processes
Prosper Rugube
Prosper Rugube, Process Operations Manager at MINOPEX, Tete, Mozambique
Linkedin: Prosper Rugube

Financial management

05.2018

As a developing manager working my way up the corporate ladder towards executive management, this course has helped me to have a deeper understanding of financial accounting and analysis. This will allow me to participate actively in monthly performance meetings with executive managers. In our monthly performance meetings, we discuss issues related to EBIT/EBITDA, cash flows, market analysis, peer group analysis etc.
Financial Accounting
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

Entrepreneurship

05.2018

With my technical background, this course has demystified some of the misconceptions I had on what a good and effective manager is. Also, this course has shown me the HOW bit of becoming an effective manager.

The assignment helped me putting my thoughts systematically together.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Henry  Hoveka
Henry Hoveka, Managing Director at Multi-Wealth Management (Pty) Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Henry  Hoveka

International business

05.2018

During my 20 years career, I have encountered many engagements and negotiations with international correspondents and businesses in which I found difficulties with one or more facets of miscommunications be it verbal or expressive that prevented me fr om reaching my desired outcome.  I never realized that the key contributor to such fatal error and hence in wrong communication behavior was a subject of the cross-cultural management.

I am therefore personally grateful that I was introduced to this course as it opened my eyes to a world wh ere cross cultural communication can make a vast difference. The assignment helped me in designing an action plan that will allow us to develop needed skills.
Cross-cultural Management
Tinashe Murwisi
Tinashe Murwisi, Maintenance Superintendant at Cimentos Da Beira, Beira, Mozambique
Linkedin: Tinashe Murwisi

Entrepreneurship

05.2018

It was a very interesting experience studying this course as we had to think out of the box. It pushed me way out of my comfort zone. The aspects we are learning about here are mostly common issues that we're used to on a day to day basis, but the way they are presented is very deep and mind stretching. 

It was a very enriching and exciting course for me. My company will surely reap great benefits from the lessons I got here. I had a discussion with our HR director on how we are managing our performance appraisal system in relation to the points I mentioned in this assignment, which I wanted us to implement. She expressed great interest in this global MBA programme as well.

Since I started more and more senior managers at Cimentos da Beira are getting interested and curious about this MBA programme. I hope that they will join as well in the near future.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Kornelius Iiyambo
Kornelius Iiyambo, Finance Manager at Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Linkedin: Kornelius Iiyambo

International business

05.2018

In the past when we went to negotiations, the most important thing was to get the best deal possible in order to achieve the aspiration of the us.

Little did we know or realize that culture has an equal importance to the negotiations just as much as the actual terms and conditions of the agreements at the end. This has been a good lesson which will allow our management to prepare adequately for future negotiations, in terms of cultural differences.
Cross-cultural Management
Lerato Mphelo
Lerato Mphelo, Strategic Programme Manager at Absa Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Lerato Mphelo

Entrepreneurship

05.2018

This course has been an eye opener and a new awareness for me, while I knew that it is best to always take time and weigh options before making any decision, I was not aware that there is a scholarly thought around this subject and the amount of material on research that is available just on decision making.

Applying the course content at in our company, I noticed a fundamental shift in my thinking and how I view my colleagues or team members. I have benefited from writing this assignment even beyond work in my private life.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

Entrepreneurship

05.2018

By going through this course, I have learnt that I do not need to be conventional in my thinking or way of doing things. As such I have learnt that I need to be confident and remain steadfast if am convinced that am doing something right.

The organisation therefore stands to benefit from my application of these principles as am certain that as I continue exercising these my performance will greatly improve as I guide my team, their thinking, their attitudes and their actions towards what the organisation needs – MAKING MONEY FROM NICKEL PRODUCTION!
Principles of Effective Management
Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

Entrepreneurship

04.2018

One aspect that I discovered when applying the theory to my workplace and that was new and really added value to my management knowledge was the principle of utilising strength and not getting fixated on the employee’s weaknesses.

Before getting into the subject matter, for me, the thinking was if an employee/team member cannot do the job, or if you are not competent then it meant you did not deserve to be working in the organisation. It was more the reason to terminate contracts and find someone who is competent. I have fired a lot of people due to my ignorance to this principle.

Had I known better at that time I would have discovered different talents that might have been useful in the organisation from the employees fired.
Principles of Effective Management
Tinashe Murwisi
Tinashe Murwisi, Maintenance Superintendant at Cimentos Da Beira, Beira, Mozambique
Linkedin: Tinashe Murwisi

Entrepreneurship

04.2018

This course really boosted my wisdom as it has totally changed the way I think and approach certain situations in life. As I was thinking of points to write in the analysis and recommendations section, I felt that all the wit I thought I had in me was put to challenge.

The tutorial for this course was very beneficial. The three presentations that were done were very different. It was really difficult to imagine that all these responses were derived from the same passage of text provided in the tutorial. This probed me to think deeper in order to understand exactly what learning outcome was expected of me in this module, and that is when my eyes were opened. 

This course prompted me to do self-introspection in the way I conducted my responsibility as a manager. It also enabled me to identify weak points and their adverse impacts on my work and to identify opportunities for improvement. It showed me how we easily overlook the shortcomings of management, by magnifying issues that I often trivialised subconsciously, and helped me realise how intolerable they are considering the gravity of their impacts.

It greatly added value to me since I have now confirmed that management is not a talent we are born with, but a skill that is learnt and perfected through practise. I gained a lot of insights in this course about how to become an effective manager which was of immense personal value.
Principles of Effective Management
Henry  Hoveka
Henry Hoveka, Managing Director at Multi-Wealth Management (Pty) Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Henry  Hoveka

International business

04.2018

I am indeed personally grateful that I was able to take on this topic as part of my studies as it enabled me to read a lot on globalization impacts and trends and the latest global trends within financial services industry, specifically the Pension Funds industry.

I cannot wait to attempt the next course (Cross Cultural Management) as the Nature of International Business has taught me a lot about my business and globalization impacts and trends within the sector in which we operate.
The Nature of International Business
Kornelius Iiyambo
Kornelius Iiyambo, Finance Manager at Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Linkedin: Kornelius Iiyambo

International business

04.2018

For several years, I have been the finance manager. I have been involved in various exercises that analyzed the institution’s challenges. But my organisation has for so long ignored the effects of globalisation tackled in this assignment. It was considered far-fetched because we are limited to operate within our local borders. This assignment showed that every institution is operating in a global village and should assess risks on a global perspective.

Furthermore, it emerged that risks do not only emanate from the same industry, for example, in this assignment it was discovered that phosphate mining has dire consequences to our operation just as much as the direct competitors in the fishing industry.
The Nature of International Business
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

Entrepreneurship

04.2018

This course has challenged my previously held notions on management at every turn.

I was hitherto of the strong view that it is a manager’s duty to ensure that their subordinates are happy at work and that if the subordinates are happy, this will translate into effective and efficient productivity. Now I have learnt that this is a slippery slope as it can divert focus and attention on the things that truly matter which are delivering effective and efficient value and results for the firm’s clients.
Principles of Effective Management
Lerato Mphelo
Lerato Mphelo, Strategic Programme Manager at Absa Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Lerato Mphelo

Entrepreneurship

04.2018

This course has not only exposed my bad management behavior but equipped me with the tools to get rid of that and adopt new behaviors of good management. I have always thought that there is a difference in leadership and management, however I now applying the course’s theory at my workplace, I hold a strong view that if good management is done right, it illustrates leadership.
Principles of Effective Management
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

International business

04.2018

This course was a bit challenging for me as I am not well acquainted with the subject matter. As such I had to do more reading. It was interesting to see the integration of the previous course content into this assignment and it helped me in not treating these in isolation but to see the value in real life applications.

From having undertaken this course, my employer will benefit from having a technical person who understands how to put up a business proposal. This ensures that the salient technical points are addressed from the onset and costed.
International Business Law
Tinashe Murwisi
Tinashe Murwisi, Maintenance Superintendant at Cimentos Da Beira, Beira, Mozambique
Linkedin: Tinashe Murwisi

International business

04.2018

This assignment stretched me way beyond my comfort zone.

It touched an area I knew nothing about and opened my eyes to a completely new level of understanding. I tried to do the assignment myself at first using the literature provided, but I realised that it was imperative that I seek the help of very high-level people in my organisation, particularly the General Manager and Finance Director.

I was really puzzled to learn that some of the issues covered in this assignment were beyond the scope of our general accountants. Only three people in the entire business unit could articulate the information I needed with regards to the challenges foreign investors encounter when they go out to open business ventures in a foreign territory.

Our Finance director had interest in joining this MBA programme but was hesitant since he didn't believe it would add value to a person with his kind of profile. But when he noticed the depth of the questions I was asking him, it caught his interest and attention as he was very surprised by how the course deals with very practical things that businesses in the real world deal with on a day to day basis, which is a very different approach to the academic approach that other universities use.
International Business Law
Shepherd Nhondova
Shepherd Nhondova, Partner at PNA Chartered Accountants, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Shepherd Nhondova

Operations management

04.2018

Real and verifiable benefits coming from IBR’s Global MBA’s are continuously empowering me as I lead PNA in that various facets of business management are being unpacked as I progress with my studies. The problem-solving guides from the faculty makes the implementation of the supply strategy attainable and relevant to my management needs.

This module has formally opened another window with which the firm can enhance the satisfaction of its customer needs. This is the first time I had to understand the supply chain as a complete business chain and more importantly its role in client value addition.
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

International business

04.2018

One of the main benefits of this course was an opportunity for me to revise all that I have learnt so far in the first two courses and to see how the lessons from those modules tie in with this course. I have also learnt a great deal in putting together an investment proposal and my mind has been opened on the various factors that go into the making of a decision by a foreign investor as to whether or not to invest in a particular country.

As a legal advisor to many foreign investors, I am now better equipped to advise my foreign clients because I have a better appreciation of the broad range of issues that matter to them as they are conducting due diligences on target companies and target countries. I am also now better equipped to review preliminary information memorandums and requests for proposals by local businesses looking for foreign suitors. One of the areas I was hitherto not very knowledgeable in is taxation. This course has provided a foundation for me to comprehend basic taxation aspects. Overall, it has been a worthwhile course.
International Business Law
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

International business

03.2018

This course opened me up to the diverse international cross cultures.

There were certain behaviors that I would sometimes see in people but did not understand what they meant. However, this course enabled me to close business culture gaps since I now have the knowledge of different cultural behaviors.

In addition, through what I have learnt, I think there will be a minimization of blunders on my part when dealing with people from different cultural backgrounds. From having undertaken this course, my employer will benefit from having an official who is aware of the impact of cultures and one who can be counted on to stand in the gap when there is need to guide international negotiations.
Cross-cultural Management