Testimonials

Value creation through work-integrated learning is phenomenal. It transfers the main learning experience from the ivory tower to our students' workplace. This creates unprecedented meaning. It releases skills training from being taught theoretically to the most valuable experience that happens on-the-job.

Also, work-integration shifts the traditional study focus from analysis to implementation. It is implementation that changes the world. This new dispensation allows students to experience that they are able to change their worlds at work.

Enjoy screening incredible feedback about real value creation that some students agreed to share publicly.

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Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Project and Engineering Manager at Moov Fuel, Cape Town, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Digital leadership and transformation

08.2021

This assignment provided me with incredible insight. I found the importance to ensure proper alignment between the ICP and strategy map very valuable. Working on this assignment allowed me to discover how we - working in the real world - can save time and money by allocating effectively resources to most relevant tasks and activities.

It has been an eyeopener that the option to not implement digital technology provides an enormous risk for companies to become obsolete.  Digital technology is a necessity to stay competitive and improves effectiveness when implemented correctly, as demonstrated in my assignment.
Managing IT and Strategy
Lindelwe  Manyawu
Lindelwe Manyawu, Executive Assistant to the Chairman at The Vumba Trust, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Lindelwe  Manyawu

Financial management

08.2021

Coming from a Marketing background l have never found it easy to plan and monitor the financial performance of a company. This module through the TARI has provided me with a great tool that l can use whenever l need to do financial planning and monitor it against actual performance. After having completed this course, I am very happy to be in this kind of position were l no longer need to consult my financial colleagues to assist me with financial planning and monitoring.

Through this course I have also learnt to use the TARI as a method to track the performance of the company to ensure that bottom line targets are met daily. Further to that, I have noted the importance of the need to ensure that going forward, all relevant information should be noted and captured to tabulate the average rate index for each and every sale.

The TARI can be used as a yardstick against the company’s daily performance, making it easier to make immediate informed decisions and timeous implementation of corrective measures to improve the performance of the company.
Financial Planning 1
Tatenda Makuni
Tatenda Makuni, Executive Director at Introcane Enterprises, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tatenda Makuni

Financial management

08.2021

What I have learnt during the analysis is that a good acid test ratio doesn‘t necessarily mean all is well especially if the time to collect the trade receivables is long. The organization might fail to meet its short-term current liabilities as a result putting the organisation in a bad financial position.

I also learnt that maybe the medical business is not a very lucrative business to invest in if one is looking to make short term gains. The profits are lower, maybe due to the type of expertise that is usually associated with high expenses incurred paying the critical skills involved. I also noted the importance of reducing the time to collect as it is crucial to maintain a healthy cashflow to keep the business going. I also learnt the importance of keeping financial records as it gives a picture of the business which is a good point of reference when approaching investors as well as when making future financial projections.

Personally, I have learnt the importance of cash in hand. While we will have customers who pay later in most businesses it is important that those payments are collected in time to avoid business failure. It is not enough to offer a services and brag about making sales whilst those sales only remain figures that remain unpaid.
Financial Accounting
Linda Shininge
Linda Shininge, Sectioh Head: Contact Center and Quality Assurance at City of Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Linda Shininge

Financial management

07.2021

This assignment created immense value for me especially for my workplace, I work in the customer service environment and by understand a holistic view of an organisation can assist me by ensuring that we come up with aligned strategies, risks and opportunities and how these influence our strategic objectives and illustrate our impact and sustainable value creation.
Financial Accounting
Miranda Khumalo
Miranda Khumalo, PARTNER at Atherstone and Cook, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Miranda Khumalo

Financial management

07.2021

I will certainly be able to use the teachings from this course in advising clients, particularly in mergers and acquisitions transactions and in tax assessments. Financial training will give me an added advantage. Every significant transaction or matter has a financial impact for a client. Anticipating, understanding and highlighting potential issues to clients will be of great value.

I also wish to use this training internally in the firm. I will be able to help the managing partner with interpreting the firm’s financial statements and proposing suggestions or ways of improving our operations.
Financial Accounting
Miranda Khumalo
Miranda Khumalo, PARTNER at Atherstone and Cook, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Miranda Khumalo

Financial management

07.2021

The residential was absolutely superb. The content was extremely informative and delivered in a way that a person without a financial background could easily follow. I particularly enjoyed the visual illustrations, through the games and case studies. Thank you Janos ILLESSY and IBR Institute of International Business Relations
Financial Management Intensive
Cosmas  Zvikaramba
Cosmas Zvikaramba, Market and Operational Risk Manager at ZB Financial Holdings, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Cosmas  Zvikaramba

Financial management

07.2021

The suite of tools (i.e. case studies, games, simple models, group work and subject matter expertise) used during the virtual financial management residential period opened a new world for me with regards to business administration. Indeed, what a memorable way of learning financial management to us non finance managers and I greatly appreciate this Global MBA program.
Financial Management Intensive
Martha Bhunu
Martha Bhunu, Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Linkedin: Martha Bhunu

Financial management

07.2021

The Finance Residential was indeed the definition of new ways of learning. I could have never imagined that an online residential could be so interactive and captivating. I can safely say that the delivery of the sessions was exceptional. I am no longer afraid of numbers after I learnt accounting using a board game. Thank you IBR for proving that there is no better way to learn and Prof Janos for a job well done
Financial Management Intensive
Japhet Zoraunye
Japhet Zoraunye, Research And Development Engineer at Stamicarbon, Waalre, North Brabant, Netherlands
Linkedin: Japhet Zoraunye

Financial management

07.2021

Great experience learning the basics of financial accounting and management accounting. I am now able to look at things from a different perspective. Thanks Prof Janos for simplifying the principles
Financial Management Intensive
Itayi Marufu
Itayi Marufu, Concentrator Manager at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Itayi Marufu

Financial management

07.2021

Wonderful time, participating in an online residential exceeded my expectations. Well done Prof and IBR team
Financial Management Intensive
Lindelwe  Manyawu
Lindelwe Manyawu, Executive Assistant to the Chairman at The Vumba Trust, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Lindelwe  Manyawu

Financial management

07.2021

Thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the residential very informative and the topics generated interesting and thought provoking discussions. A massive thank you to Professor Illessy for being so patient with us.
Financial Management Intensive
Mmakgomo Maubane
Mmakgomo Maubane, Director at Digital Ascent, Pretoria, South African Republic
Linkedin: Mmakgomo Maubane

Financial management

07.2021

Enjoyed this week-long experience of learning and discovery. Financial accounting demystified. Great effort delivering this online IBR Institute of International Business Relations. Kudos to Prof Janos!

Great experience learning the basics of financial accounting and management accounting. I am now able to look at things from a different perspective. Thanks Prof Janos for simplifying the principles
Financial Management Intensive
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, CSO/Co-Founder at Service Management Consultancy Ltd, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Financial management

07.2021

It was a great week, good mix of virtual class room teaching sessions, group work and games. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel empowered with knowledge in regards to the understanding and creation of financial balance sheets, P&L statements and a range of financial ratios. I would definitely recommend the IBR program to anyone considering undertaking their MBA.
Financial Management Intensive
Brian Chizodza
Brian Chizodza, Senior SAP Business Solution Consultant at Baraka Technology Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Brian Chizodza

Financial management

07.2021

Thank you Prof Janos for a week long of insightful tools and methods managers can use to navigate and make informed decisions quickly and with precision. Despite the fact that this was an online delivery, it exceeded my expectations!!
Financial Management Intensive
Pride Gwaze
Pride Gwaze, Group Financial Manager at Vunani Limited, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Pride Gwaze

Financial management

07.2021

I thoroughly enjoyed the residential. Coming from a financial background, I was really impressed with how informative, interactive and enlightening the sessions were. Thanks Prof Janos!
Financial Management Intensive
Linda Shininge
Linda Shininge, Sectioh Head: Contact Center and Quality Assurance at City of Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Linda Shininge

Financial management

07.2021

Thank you Prof Janos for empowering us, the week was very interactive and informative , I appreciate everything and especially the new way of learning.Be blessed…
Financial Management Intensive
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Financial management

07.2021

This residential was challenging but Prof Janos made understanding finance a lot easier. Despite being online we managed to go through the content and also participate in group discussions. I have been empowered and ready to take on my next chapter in my career.
Financial Management Intensive
Tatenda Makuni
Tatenda Makuni, Executive Director at Introcane Enterprises, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tatenda Makuni

Financial management

07.2021

One week with Proffessor Janos, empowered for a lifetime. It was all worth it. IBR is the institution to learn with.
Financial Management Intensive
Moreblessing Mutswiri
Moreblessing Mutswiri, Project Director at Sanning Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Moreblessing Mutswiri

Financial management

07.2021

The residential period was most insightful. I now have a much better understanding of the fundamentals of financial management which helps me to be prepared in a new world of connectivity and international business. This has hugely provided me with a foundation for making decisions along with the input of deep learning. Once again thank you Prof Janos for walking with us in this great journey.

IBR Institute of International Business Relations - is the place to be!
Financial Management Intensive
Moreblessing Mutswiri
Moreblessing Mutswiri, Project Director at Sanning Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Moreblessing Mutswiri

Entrepreneurship

06.2021

One thing that stands out to me at the end of this course is that church leadership training is often neglected and usually people survive on improvising most of the time or rather rely on the grace of God. I would like to believe that church has to be managed like a business to be effective.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management

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