MBA elective targets Africa

25 July 2008 | Story by Newsroom

GSB students
Continental course: The GSB's Doing Business in Africa elective, introduced to the MBA programme this month, has already piqued the interest of students.

This month, UCT's Graduate School of Business (GSB) launches a landmark new elective on understanding business in Africa into its MBA programme.

The Doing Business in Africa elective has been designed by Dr Mills Soko, senior lecturer at the GSB, and will harness the knowledge of senior business and public sector leaders, investigate case studies of business success on the continent, and provide insight into the broader historical, cultural and policy/regulatory elements that are key to entering its markets.

The elective has a curriculum running over eight lectures, each dealing with a different key element of business on the continent - from political, social and cultural contextual issues to business case studies and the current competition from emerging global players such as India and China.

In another first, the elective will provide an opportunity for the students to complete a week-long internship with a number of South African multinational companies operating in African markets.

Soko said this elective was an exciting development for the GSB and that the response from students had been huge - a large percentage of this year's MBA class has eagerly signed up.

"This is a pioneering course that addresses a real need for leaders who are knowledgeable about what it takes to make a success of business in the vast opportunity-filled markets on the continent," said Soko.

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