Release Date: 03 September, 2018

Hello Durban! Wits Business School executive education has officially launched in KZN

The University of Witwatersrand (‘Wits’), rated Africa’s top university according to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), is excited to be launching programmes in  KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as an academic partner for economic and business development.

Two ‘Wits’ entities, the Wits Business School (WBS) and Wits Enterprise are launching in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, on Thursday, 30 August 2018 following requests from Wits alumni and numerous partners in the region. The institution will roll out a bouquet of executive education and short course offerings to develop knowledge and skills to help grow and transform local businesses, industry and the economy.

Wits Business School, celebrating its 50th birthday in 2018, is sought-after for its range of open enrolment and customised programmes.  The school has designed its management and leadership programmes and short courses for junior and mid-management to senior executive level, and range from project management, leadership development to finance for non-financial managers and executive coaching, among others.

“Our executive education programmes develop the skills, qualities and attributes required to lead organisations, start and scale sustainable businesses and implement business transformations quicker. They assist businesses in accelerating people and capacity development and in addressing real issues relating to strategic objectives,” says Dr Sibusiso Sibisi, Director and Head of School at WBS.

Situated in the commercial heart of Africa, WBS has positioned itself as a thought leader and centre for debate and dialogue on issues facing the country and continent.  The school has forged strong ties with learning partners around the globe and is the only business school to be admitted to the Partnership in International Management (PIM), a programme which facilitates exchange programmes at over 60 leading business schools around the world.

Wits Enterprise, a private company wholly owned by Wits University, offers a wide range of short courses that are formally certified by the University and are sourced from a number of faculties and schools within Wits, ranging from mining to healthcare, labour relations, fabrication and engineering. Wits Enterprise also makes use of their Wits networks to create multidisciplinary, customised solutions for clients.

They have a presence in a number of African countries and deliver customised and open solutions in those regions.

“Wits Enterprise is known as a ‘one-stop shop’ for excellence in short course delivery, supported by research and innovation and through our latest addition The Entrepreneurial Wayz (TEWZ) which works to deliver an entrepreneurial economy and ecosystem,” says

Dr Timothy Hutton, Director: Short Courses and Consulting at Wits Enterprise. 

WBS has recently launched a Chair in Digital Business, and the School now offers executive education programmes designed to equip managers with skills, knowledge and insight into the future world of work.

“Digitalisation is fast becoming the driving force in business. Digital technology is giving every organisation, both private and public, the chance to be more agile, more transparent, more innovative and more customer-centric,” says Brian Armstrong, Professor and BCX Chair in Digital Business at WBS. 

“Organisations that embrace the digital revolution outperform those that don’t, and this is creating a demand for people with the qualifications to manage the whole process. WBS is the first school to formalise the study of digital business in Africa.”

By having a presence in KZN, Wits University also hopes to contribute to skills development in the burgeoning ocean economy.

“Durban is poised to make a strong impact in economic and infrastructural development, specifically in the ocean economy and offshore oil and gas exploration,” comments Sibisi. “We are excited to be able to play a role in helping to grow the local economy through our proven short course management and executive programmes, backed by Wits’ international reputation, its intellectual property and solid research support.”

For WBS Media enquiries, please contact:

Jane Balnaves
Communications Manger
Wits Business School
011 717 3599
076 5383243