The University of Pretoria Business School and UON working together

The University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Business and Law recently assisted the University of Pretoria, as part of the Australian leg of a management development program for Transnet – South Africa’s large government-owned rail and logistics company. This visit was part of the University of Pretoria’s Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP).

The GEDP is a program run out of the University of Pretoria’s business school, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). GIBS has been ranked as one of the top 50 business schools worldwide by the Financial Times’s executive education survey, and is the only African business school to make it into this year’s top 50.

The purpose of the Transnet GEDP was to “develop and enable executives to more effectively lead and manage their respective businesses, assets and strategic projects to support them in delivering on Transnet’s strategic intent.”

Over thirty delegates from both Transnet and GIBS visited Sydney, the Hunter and Newcastle over a week in early September. The program included industry visits to our local coal mining, vineyard and port industries as well as presentations from five UoN academics.

The presentations were:

• Associate Professor Martin Fitzgerald (Faculty of Business & Law) Presentation Title: Decision Making in a Changing Environment

• Professor Mark Bray,(Faculty of Business & Law) and Tony Houlcroft (HR Manager, Newcastle Port Corporation) Presentation Title: Stakeholder Engagement

• Dr Rebecca Mitchell( Faculty of Business & Law) Presentation Title: Leading Change

• Dr Antony Drew (Faculty of Business & Law), Presentation Title: The Global Strategic View

• Dr Declan Kuch (Research Academic, Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing -RISIW) Presentation Title: The Question of Sustainability

Presenting academic Professor Mark Bray, said of the visit, “The presentations were deemed to be a great success by delegates and presenters alike with strong networking opportunities afterwards. The hope for the future is for further collaboration with this important South African business school.”

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