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University of Stellenbosch Business School, campus in Bellville. University of Stellenbosch Business School, campus in Bellville.

USB Executive Development (USBED,) the public executive development and training company of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB,) recently received top honours in two esteemed surveys of executive education in South Africa.

USB-ED was one of the top South African business schools to be listed in the prestigious 2014 Financial Times Global Executive Education rankings for open and customised programmes. USB-ED was also the proud recipient of the PMR.africa Diamond Arrow Award in a national survey of academic institutions offering executive education in South Africa. According to Willemien Law, head of Open Programmes at USB-ED, these awards are testament to the company’s commitment to quality executive learning and development.

“For us at USB-ED it is about a journey in learning new skills and in keeping up with the times and the environment in an ever changing world. It resembles climbing a ladder. Somebody who feels strongly about a career and wants to climb this ladder, should ask the following questions: At what level are you at this moment of your life? Are you ready to move to the next level? What is your career development plan for the future? People often do not take the time to consider these questions and therefore find themselves in the dark regarding career options. My advice in finding answers to these questions is to identify where you currently are in your learning journey and then to consider where you would like to be. You should specifically identify those areas that require further development and opportunities to fulfil the need. The choices you make now will impact your future,” Law says.

USB-ED offers open-enrolment programmes for the individual; in-house and customised programmes for organisations as well as strategic consulting. They collaborate with international business schools and leading partners to offer participants world-class business learning opportunities - including a number of discipline specific training programmes, ranging from coaching, financial and business management, human resources, leadership, marketing management, entrepreneurship and project management.

These discipline specific programmes are supplemented by specialist programmes, which include commercial negotiation, management programme for NPO’s and MBA Foundation programme. To support both academic and practical learning, three core areas of research were inaugurated: Centres for Business in Society, Applied Entrepreneurship and Business Management of Projects.

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