Diploma fast tracks graduates to managers

20 July 2016

UCT has launched its first postgraduate diploma specialising in business communication as part of its transformative role in fast-tracking graduates into managers. The initiative is led by Faculty of Commerce lecturers Dr Terri Grant and Gaontebale Nodoba.

“The new postgraduate diploma is unique in that it combines a management diploma with a specialisation in corporate communications,” said Grant, Head of the Professional Communication Unit in the School of Management Studies. “Graduates who take this course will be uniquely situated to enter the workplace and accelerate their move into managerial positions.”

Grant’s long history at UCT dates to her undergraduate studies in speech and drama in the 1970s. Gaontebale is fluent in seven languages, including his mother tongue, Tswana, and is now educating graduates to fast track them into management.

“Through this diploma graduates will develop sound knowledge and skills in communicating with people from different cultures within and outside their organisations,” added Nodoba. “South Africans could benefit from this diploma because of the exposure to cultural know-how and effective communication.”

Story Carolyn McGibbon. Photo Michael Hammond.

Caption: Dr Terri Grant and Gaontebale Nodoba.

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