Entering a new dawn for business education

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April, 2004

Time Magazine interviews HEQC staff and heads of schools on the re-accreditation process

A far-reaching official investigation into the quality of South African MBA degrees has been completed and a public announcement is imminent. Some schools will be instructed to wind up their affairs. Others will have a year to get their affairs in order. In short, executive education in South Africa will never be the same again.

The finalisation of the government-led investigation into MBA education is not the end of the matter, says Dr Prem Naidoo, who drove the process. In fact, it is the beginning of a new era of continuous improvement for executive education. The goal is to become and remain competitive with the best the world has to offer. The quality survey has culminated in the re-accreditation of all registered institutions presenting MBA degrees. Expect a hue and cry from those who don't make the cut. Final decisions will be taken by the board of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), whose Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) managed the process. Dr Naidoo, who is the Director: Accreditation and Co-ordination of the HEQC, is satisfied that it was rigorous but fair and balanced. Although appeals procedures were built into the process, schools feeling aggrieved will have yet another opportunity to appeal their fate. But the real action will be with the players remaining in the game. Dr Naidoo is setting the wheels in motion to ensure that those schools that have been accredited will develop well beyond the minimum standards applied in the survey. A conference is being planned for August, to be attended by MBA directors and alumni, business leaders and government...