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 USB Executive Development spread its wings to Mauritius

2015-04-15 00:00
Issued by MediaVision on behalf of USB-ED
MRU1.pngUSB Executive Development (USB-ED), a public company of University of Stellenbosch Business School that delivers management development programmes in the context of the private sector, public sector as well as civil society, has partnered with Global Natives Limited to bring business training solutions to Mauritius.​

Having already presented a programme, Master Class in Flexible Business Models, in Mauritius earlier this year, the partnership is set to bring several more development interventions to the island. A suite of offerings is envisaged for 2016 covering topics in Human Resources (HR), Coaching, Project Management and Business Modelling amongst others.

As keynote speaker at the Human Resource Community Breakfast Forum held in Mauritius on 7 April 2015, USB-ED CEO Frik Landman said that the modern CEO faces a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world and is in need of a HR partner that is truly a business partner in the true sense of the word.

Quoting from a Deloitte study, he said that research shows that HR organisations has not kept up with developments and that the capability gap between what is viewed as important for the company (e.g. employee engagement, leadership development) and the company’s readiness to address this is indeed increasing.

“The HR community is at a crossroad and needs to step up to the required role at the executive table.”

Also speaking to the top 60 managers at the Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), the oldest and largest bank on the island later, Landman said African countries have not made significant progress in developing regional trade.

Between 2007 and 2011 the average share of intra-African exports in total merchandise exports in Africa was 11%. If this compared to Asia (50%), Latin America (21%) and Europe (70%), it reflects badly on the continent.

Landman said that if we want to achieve the objective of increasing intra-African trade, governments have to create more space for the private sector to play an active role in the integration process. The private sector also has to involve itself much more assertively in this space. It needs to not only unlock the opportunities created by the removal of trade barriers, but approach this with a development mind-set.

According to Global Natives, an MQA registered training institution, it is important that development offerings are impactful and ensure return on investment for participants. “Our training offerings are therefore combined with other solution driven services such as consultancy and management solutions. This enables us to bring solutions to businesses and organisations that aim to grow sustainably and want to increase their competitive edge.”

In partnership with USB-ED, trend-setting interventions for executives and business leaders are provided. We also offer with USB-ED management programmes for executives, senior and emerging business leaders that are customized according to the needs of clients.

Development can never be treated as a commodity, it has to be part of an integrated strategy and plan which, together with other interventions, enable businesses to respond strategically to the ever-changing business environment.
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