USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the public executive development company of Stellenbosch University, was again ranked the top executive development company in the country by the consulting, research and risk management services company, Professional Management Review (PMR) Africa.
This is the sixth year that USB-ED received top honours in the PMR.africa national survey, conducted between November 2016 and January 2017. The survey consists of a random national sample of 120 respondents comprising of HR directors & managers, CEO’s and MD’s representing JSE listed and large companies.
The award, the PMR.africa Diamond Arrow Award, is for being the top provider of Academic Institutions offering executive education (short courses) in South Africa and was handed over at an award ceremony held in Johannesburg on 27 February 2017.
Hennie Oosthuizen, Executive: Strategic Engagements and Trishan Naicker, Executive: Corporate Development accepted the award on behalf of USB-ED.
USB-ED also received a PMR.africa Diamond Arrow Award in the category of Foreign Business Schools offering Executive Education (short courses) in Namibia in 2014 and 2015 and similarly in Botswana in for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
USB-ED received a mean score of 8.31 out of a possible 10 points in the latest national survey. Respondents were asked to give comments on the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the academic institutions, rated on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being poor and 10 outstanding.
The attribute/criteria for the rating of academic institutions offering executive short courses were:
- Application of knowledge in the workplace
- Development of the individual
- International perspective of the individual
- Leadership skills/abilities
- Relevance of course
- Reputation (i.e. perception of the institution's brand, integrity, CSI)
- Scope/variety of courses being offered
- Strategic benefits for the company
- Tactical benefits for the company
- Value of the course to the company
USB-ED CEO, Frik Landman, commented: On behalf of USB-ED’s remarkably smart employees and especially our faculty of exceptional people, I want to thank the management development society for recognising us for the 6th year in a row as an exceptional provider of management development.
“We do have passion for people and organisational development and a strong desire for doing business, and this means delivering a service to managers, leaders and their organisations with a high level of quality informed by innovation and a particularly different way of working. The past years have been an extraordinary journey for us as we as a USB-ED community united around our 2020 vision and beyond.
“We follow an explicit strategy not to benchmark against or compete with similar entities. We seek our opportunities and develop our interventions authentically aligned with clients’ needs and make our best efforts to deliver on their expectations.
“For us, this award is about learning. Learning our game, learning our clients’ game, learning about learning and those who we interact with. Our philosophy is simple: certainty is the enemy of knowledge (learning). This motivates us to care even better for our clients, for the individual leaders, the organisations and the different African countries we are involved in.
“This award helps us to reinforce a culture of quality management development,” Landman said.