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USB launches MBA streams in 2018
Dated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Business schools around the world are developing specialised MBA programme options that allows you to customise your degree with a specialisation in a particular functional area.

​The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is following this trend by introducing two specialisation streams as part of their MBA programme in 2018. The specialisation streams are Managing of International Organisations and Health Care Leadership.

"Although an MBA remains a generalist qualification that essentially opens new options to candidates, some students prefer to have an industry focus in the qualification and thus prepare themselves to work within specific industries."

The launch of the MBA stream in Managing International Organisations took place on Wednesday, 6 September 2017. Prof Piet Naudé, USB Director, Dr Heidi le Sueur, head: Accreditation & Assurance of Learnin​g, and Dr Ariane Sabet of the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) Training Team attended.

​More about the streams

Martin Butler, head of the MBA programme at USB, says: "Although an MBA remains a generalist qualification that essentially opens new options to candidates, some students prefer to have an industry focus in the qualification and thus prepare themselves to work within specific industries."

He says the Management of International Organisations specialisation stream is based on an approach from the United Nations (UN) to collaborate in this space. "It provides an excellent opportunity for our students that are becoming increasing globally mobile."

Dr Jafar Javan, director of the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), says learners will enhance their capabilities to lead and manage the complexities and the inner workings of multilateral institutions.

"The programme is built on USB's long history of providing top-quality academic rigour in management and the UN System Staff College's deep knowledge of today's global challenges faced by the United Nations and other international organisations," he says.

Director of USB Prof Piet Naudé says he is confident that graduates will make a marked difference to the important work of managing international institutions for the sake of the global good.

Butler says complicatedness in the health care sector led to the business school establishing a specialisation stream in health care leadership.

​ "The complexities within the health care sector in South Africa, and indeed internationally, has led to a market demand for a qualification that deals with this after completing the generalist MBA modules.

"Our market analysis indicated a need for professionals working in different segments of the health sector to typically support their professional knowledge. The flexible design of the new streams allow modular and blended students to join the specialising stream of their choice in their second year of study," he says. 

However, these streams do not mean you gain a separate MBA. Students who wants to specialise start off their first year with either the modular general MBA or blended general MBA and specialise during their second year of enrolment. 

For more information about USB's MBA and its new streams, please visit our programme page.