The GSB&L Hosts Successful Virtual Postgraduate Orientation

GSB&L Virtual Postgraduate Orientation

The Graduate School of Business and Leadership Studies (GSB&L) hosted a successful virtual orientation for students who have registered for postgraduate studies for the year 2023.

This comprehensive programme was facilitated by GSB&L lecturer, Dr Nomkhosi Luthuli, who provided guidance on university services available to postgraduate students as well as other helpful information for a smooth transition to university.

Professor Ana Martins, Interim Dean and Head of the GSB&L, congratulated and welcomed new students, emphasising that the School regards them as the center of its operations. She also encouraged students to refine their skills which will help them enhance their employability, which is considered when the School reviews academic programme curricula.

‘Your experience here and your success are important to each member of staff at our School. You will master the demands of university learning and will further have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, while at the same time encountering new bodies of knowledge to which you were not exposed to during your undergraduate studies,’ she said.

She said the School continues to embrace digital transformation with agility when delivering its academic programmes and reassured the students that the academic staff members will help them understand the advantages of multimodal learning modes that have been brought up.

Professor Jobo Dubihlela, Head of Masters and Postgraduate programmes at the GSB&L, delivered the keynote address and applauded students for choosing to advance their studies at GSB&L, saying that there is an incremental demand in the areas of leadership, particularly in the areas of technocrats. ‘Organisations are continuously looking for graduates who have strong business acumen and who are innovative. Our programmes are designed to equip your bright minds with solutions and skills that will help you to become exactly that. We are here to make sure that you are empowered, confident, innovative, and able to analyze complex problems and participate in providing solutions not only within your organization but beyond your organisation,’ he said.

Mr Dhashen Naicker, GSB&L Operations Manager, said his Unit not only supports the total learning experience for students but also promotes and enhances an efficient working environment for lecturers. He shared important information with students such as contact details for administrative staff, important academic calendar dates, assessment procedures, and guidelines for postgraduate programmes. Information on library services, information and communication services, and student support services was shared with students.

Dr Nishani Harinarain, a second-year student in the Master of Business Administration programme, and qualified Quantity Surveyor and Construction Project Manager, shared her inspirational journey to encourage postgraduate students who attended the orientation. She said her first year was a transformational and enriching experience where she acquired useful skills for her career.

‘The programme has provided me with a deeper understanding of economics, strategic marketing and sustainability, and supply chain management. An important aspect of the MBA is teamwork. You will be in teams with people from diverse fields and different insights are useful together,’ she said.

The Orientation programme was well received by students who are looking forward to their year ahead at the GSB&L.

Words: Samukelisiwe Cele

Image: Supplied

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