Global MBA Testimonials

The process of creating value through work-integrated learning is extraordinary. It shifts the primary learning experience from the confines of academic institutions to the actual workplaces of our students. This transformation leads to an unparalleled sense of purpose, as it transitions skills training from theoretical teaching to the invaluable experience gained on the job.

Additionally, work-integration redirects the traditional focus of study from analysis to practical implementation. It is the act of implementation that has the power to bring about real change in the world. This new approach enables students to realize their potential in effecting positive changes within their work environments.

We invite you to explore the remarkable feedback from some of our students who have been willing to openly share their experiences of creating genuine value in their workplaces.

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Johnson Gwaze
Johnson Gwaze, General Manager, Manufacturing at Innscor Africa Limited T/A Baker's Inn Bakeries, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Johnson Gwaze

02.2024

This course unit, above all, challenged me to take an interest in methodical and efficient working approaches to improve my management effectiveness. On the surface, the tasks and tools look very ordinary and basic. Upon reflection ,and on applying them to a personal case study, they offer a  reminder of the priceless nature of these tasks and tools. Careful consideration and approaches to these is a must for every manager.
Learning and Employee Development
Eugene Mutiti
Eugene Mutiti, Head of Trading at BancABC Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Eugene Mutiti

02.2024

Thank you Prof Jannie, this was an exciting, practical approach to HRM. I have been transformed and rejuvenated through this residency. I'm ready to apply learnings to my workplace and personal life as early as now.
Human Resources Residential
Emma Kakona
Emma Kakona, Managing Director at Amazing Kids Private School & Academy, Windhoek, Namibia

02.2024

Dear Prof. Le Roux, my knowledge has been s t r e t c h e d beyond the common HR. Our current operations have been undressed, to be reinvented for greater heights.  Your presentations have been relevant, practical, engaging and thought-provoking.  As an entrepreneur I am now in better a position to reposition myself, zoom in and  focus on what matters most, Human Flourishing a key driving force of our businesses success.                                        

Thank you very much for the empowerment to invest in myself and others as well as realizing my and their  future “I have a dream”.  
Human Resources Residential
Willem van Greunen
Willem van Greunen, Partner at Köpplinger Boltman Legal Practitioners, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Willem van Greunen

02.2024

Reflecting on the residential event presented by Prof. Jannie le Roux, I am thankful for the immersive and enlightening experience. The five-day journey was an educational retreat. It was a transformative encounter that redefined my understanding of human management and leadership within a law firm. Prof. Jannie le Roux's mentorship was nothing short of inspirational. He offered insights into leadership styles, teamwork dynamics, personality compatibility, and the essence of motivation.

The experience granted me self-awareness and provided me with the tools to improve and develop my leadership and managerial capabilities at Kopplinger Boltman. The value of such personal interactions and collaboration surpasses the confines of traditional learning environments. I am grateful to Professor Jannie for his exceptional guidance and to my fellow students for their friendship and contribution to my personal growth and development.
Human Resources Residential
Hugo Ribatika
Hugo Ribatika, News Anchor at Newzroom Afrika Room 405, South African Republic
Linkedin: Hugo Ribatika

02.2024

What and an incredible few days in Windhoek with sharp minds from the motherland. I have never been a Human Resources practitioner so its small wonder that the learning in this HR Module of the IBR Global MBA have been particularly eye opening. I thrived on the mix of professionals from various industries and stations on the corporate ladder as well as business - great insights were proffered.

The icing on the cake was the well equipped Professor Jannie Le Roux author of many titles who steered this residency wonderfully. See you in Germany everyone.
Human Resources Residential
Willem van Greunen
Willem van Greunen, Partner at Köpplinger Boltman Legal Practitioners, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Willem van Greunen

01.2024

This assignment enhanced my grasp of practical marketing in a real-world setting. The most enlightening aspect was learning the simultaneous development of product and customer. This dual focus not only broadened my understanding of how best to introduce, test and develop new ideas in . This understanding has reshaped my perspective on effective marketing strategy, emphasizing the importance of evolving the product in tandem with customer engagement and feedback.
Leading Marketing Innovations
Misha Steen
Misha Steen, Director at Steen Architectural Services CC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Misha Steen

01.2024

This course was the opposite of what I expected before we started with the module. I was expecting to study advertising and how to promote existing business models and product.

To my astonishment the scope of this module was far beyond what I expected. I have truly learned a lot and are now confident that I would be able to determine whether it will be feasible to invest into and launch new products into the market. Doing it right is the main focus.
Leading Marketing Innovations
Willem van Greunen
Willem van Greunen, Partner at Köpplinger Boltman Legal Practitioners, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Willem van Greunen

01.2024

Through this assignment, I've gotten a clearer picture of where to start and what kind of information I need to make a solid business decision. Now, armed with this concept of a research strategy plan, I feel more equipped to figure out whether I need market research and, if I do, how to go about it.

It's not just about whipping up a survey, sending it out to all our clients, or throwing some questions on social media. There's a strategy to it - understanding the research problem, framing the right questions, setting clear objectives, figuring out what kind of data we need and how we're going to analyze, evaluate, and present it.
Marketing Research
Michael Matengu
Michael Matengu, Environment Officer: Air Quality at Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb, Tsumeb, Namibia
Linkedin: Michael Matengu

01.2024

While studying this course, the course really the course really created value considering, business model concept, market opportunities and Abell’s market definition from the reading material.

At first it was quite complex because of the type and nature of business model utilized for this course. It was through the study of the material that pieces starting coming together and the model that was complex and new began to take form.

This links up to the previous courses, in strategic management and other courses previously done. The value was that I was able to make sense and develop a completely new banking model that can be used to start a new venture. The course was really of help to me and the client the model was developed for.
Strategic Marketing
Willem van Greunen
Willem van Greunen, Partner at Köpplinger Boltman Legal Practitioners, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Willem van Greunen

01.2024

I learned that the introduction of a novel product was not just about its cutting-edge features. The process demanded a meticulous unpacking of market dynamics, customer inclinations, and the competitive environment. This was a profound pivot from my initial understanding.

The assignment led me to a pivotal moment of clarity: Innovation within a business setting is less about the flash of new technology and more about its strategic fit within the complex web of market forces. This deeper analysis has not only reshaped my thought process but has also equipped me with a far more robust and disciplined approach for evaluating and implementing technological advancements in my business endeavors.
Strategic Marketing
Misha Steen
Misha Steen, Director at Steen Architectural Services CC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Misha Steen

01.2024

This assignment for myself was extremely challenging. In the beginning I had a very divergent mindset, however the assignment has equipped myself to have a more convergent way of analysing new ideas and to validify each idea to the core.
Strategic Marketing
Johnson Gwaze
Johnson Gwaze, General Manager, Manufacturing at Innscor Africa Limited T/A Baker's Inn Bakeries, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Johnson Gwaze

12.2023

The assignment was a refinement moment for me, and it has given me depth to my basic understanding of management. This module challenged my previously held premises on management and motivational theories. The shift to focusing on people’s existing strengths as foundational to human resources management was a challenge to my previously held approach.

The revelation that my success would be judged by what happens when I leave my current management task has given me a long-term perspective to my current management action. This has given me the motivation to immediately apply the principles in a structured, deliberate manner and this is an assignment I am to immediately demonstrate as I lead by example and as I implement the principles with my colleagues at work.
Principles of Effective Management
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

10.2023

The incorporation of digital technology in the strategy really is a game changer and if the case company reaches for what are low hanging fruit and free on the internet, the dollars will flow seamlessly and quickly. These assignments on IT/ Customer management and Digitisation have found themselves a home in my case company, and now the sky is the limit!
Managing IT and Strategy
Misha Steen
Misha Steen, Director at Steen Architectural Services CC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Misha Steen

09.2023

For myself this was an remarkable assignment and for the first time, balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements makes sense. It is a pity that the company selected as a case has neglected to keep their financial statements up to date, as I am burning to see what will happen next year.

With confidence I can now do my own management reports and make sense of all the numbers to determine a financial strategy forward. The residential period also contributed a lot, and I am very happy that the residential took place before this assignment. Professor Janos’ input, explanations and lectures made a tremendous impact.
Financial Accounting
Alpha Nekomba
Alpha Nekomba, Company Secretary at August 26 Holding Company, WINDHOEK, Namibia

09.2023

This course has equipped me with the skills to critically analyse financial statements, assess financial health and communicate findings effectively.
Financial Accounting
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

09.2023

I am thankful for this assignment because there is a lot of digitisation that has developed organically over the decades in the world, and because I am a Millennial, I have taken a lot for granted. There is plenty to be exploited for the betterment of both business and customers and as long as a mind can perceive it, human will can conceive it.

Companies that show foresight and a willingness to make bold moves before it is too late, can emerge as winners. After all, no one ever won a race by standing still. The best value I can give this company is to assist it in leaping forward with innovative confidence especially after crafting this assignment which shows wide areas that need improvement yet also mapping a plausibly way forward.
IT and Customer Relations
Willem van Greunen
Willem van Greunen, Partner at Köpplinger Boltman Legal Practitioners, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Willem van Greunen

09.2023

Studying this unit brought forth a profound shift in my perspective, particularly in my role as a Partner in the firm. Engaging with Malik's principles opened new avenues to assess and reflect on my managerial practices. The juxtaposition of these principles against our firm's approach created value in several ways.

The excitement and fresh perspectives gained through this unit have not only enriched my understanding of effective management but also fostered an environment that encourages growth, collaboration, and transparency within the firm. It has set the stage for a more insightful and impactful approach that aligns with both professional ethics and human values, creating lasting value for myself and the firm.
Principles of Effective Management
Esther Chasi
Esther Chasi, CEO at Global Aid Missions, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Esther Chasi

09.2023

Studying this course has provided me with various new insights and views that have resulted in substantial benefit for both me and my firm. One major realization was the significance of focusing on outcomes. While I had always been motivated to be efficient and get things done, I had underestimated the importance of measuring and analyzing the outcomes of my work. Understanding that focusing on results allows me to make a tangible difference while also contributing to the organization's goals has been a game-changer.

This renewed emphasis on outcomes has the potential to unlock incredible accomplishments in future ventures.
What grabbed my interest in this course unit was how the five concepts of focusing on results, contributing to the whole, focusing on a few things, utilizing strengths, and creating trust interconnected to form a holistic approach. Recognizing the interdependence of these concepts and how they reinforce one another has resulted in a comprehensive framework for creating positive outcomes. This comprehensive viewpoint has given me confidence in my capacity to address issues in a more planned and integrated manner, resulting in greater achievement.
Principles of Effective Management
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

09.2023

My suggestion is for the company to loosen its grip on the “now” and open itself up to the great possibility that digitisation offers. The recommendations are truly implementable and fall well within a tight budget. With the correct talent to hand-hold the company, the impact it can have in Zimbabwe will propel it beyond its borders.

I am thankful for this assignment because there is a lot of digitisation that has developed organically over the decades in the world, and because I am a Millennial, I have taken a lot for granted. There is plenty to be exploited for the betterment of both business and customers and as long as a mind can perceive it, human will can conceive it.

Companies that show foresight and a willingness to make bold moves before it is too late, can emerge as winners. After all, no one ever won a race by standing still. The best value I can give this company is to assist it in leaping forward with innovative confidence especially after crafting this assignment which shows wide areas that need improvement yet also mapping a plausibly way forward.
IT and Customer Relations
Brian Nhekede
Brian Nhekede, Audit & Assurance Executive - Director level at Urban Development Corporation, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Brian Nhekede

09.2023

This course unit has added a lot of value to me personally and to my organisation by thinking of the route to secure funding from outside investors since getting funding from local financial institution was proving to be a daunting task give the extremely high interest rates of as much as 150% to 200% per annum for ZWL loans and interest rates as high as 30% per annum for USD loans.

In addition, it has enabled me to see the different picture components from what I learnt in earlier modules on the nature of internal business and cross cultural management coming together into one big picture for the benefit of writing up a value proposition to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the much needed capital at our organisation.
International Business Law

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