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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Rufaro Muzamhindo
Rufaro Muzamhindo, Sales Manager at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Rufaro Muzamhindo

01.2019

This course has created great value for me as I have realised that in order to achieve the overall objectives of the company there is a great need to be clear with regards to communication objectives to your clients.

The assignment will also create tremendous value for the organisation as there had been no clear target audience as well as no communication objectives. Advertising was also more reactionary rather than planned. The assignment will help management to achieve its overall strategic objectives through planned communication that achieves results and ensures high occupancies with satisfied customers.
Marketing Decisions and Managing Activities
Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

01.2019

This course gave me the most valuable experience regarding communication with subordinates, family and friends.

My approach had always been that of not building any relationships in workplaces at all because everyone knew why they came to work. However, my view has taken a total 360-degree change, and I am learning to be more congruent even in personal relationships.
Learning and Employee Development
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

01.2019

Carrying out this assignment I got to take a “chill pill“ and reflect on myself as a manager and how my subordinates view me; what effect and influence I have on them. I already see the areas I have to improve on to ensure that supportive communication is nurtured and developed in all my relationships.  
Learning and Employee Development
Tashinga Chimuti
Tashinga Chimuti, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Medical Aid Society of Central Africa (MASCA), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tashinga Chimuti

01.2019

Human resources management is an aspect of this programme that I was clueless on before.

Now, I believe I will add value to my employer as I can take on some of the recommendations and run with the implementation myself so as to manage the costs associated with the project. In addition, I can also assist the HR officer with the project as I now have an appreciation of what needs to be in place to synchronise the business strategies of our company to the HR strategies.
Recruitment, Selection and Placement of HR
Lerato Mphelo
Lerato Mphelo, Strategic Programme Manager at Absa Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Lerato Mphelo

01.2019

For someone like me who has not been exposed to any research material before, I found the course easy to follow and understand. This will not only prepare me for my thesis, but it will be a useful tool to conduct marketing research at my workplace and my little startup company now and in the future.
Marketing Research
Tashinga Chimuti
Tashinga Chimuti, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Medical Aid Society of Central Africa (MASCA), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tashinga Chimuti

01.2019

I think I shall add more value to our organisation as I shall no longer continue to sit back and wait for some third parties to come and train my staff so that they are better equipped to contribute in swaying the organisation towards meeting the strategic objectives.

I shall do so myself, as much as is within my sphere of influence, by first of all applying what I have learnt so far and consistently making sure that I learn more on how to promote a learning culture for my staff. This is key for my employer as currently, this culture of learning and developing existing staff does not exist yet; there is no budget to hire new staff anyway.
Learning and Employee Development
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

01.2019

An enlightening course for a person such as myself who is not a marketer, but it brings about the need to ensure that trivial looking aspects of the business such as communication can be detrimental to the whole if not dealt with properly. Yes, as an engineer I can ensure that the production is done well but it’s all a waste if I do not have a market for the products I make.

More engineers need to know about IBR’s marketing approach.
Marketing Decisions and Managing Activities
Henry  Hoveka
Henry Hoveka, Managing Director at Multi-Wealth Management (Pty) Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Henry  Hoveka

12.2018

It was indeed an enlightening module and the content of this assignment will be shared at both board and Exco level for a concerted commitment in making the recommendations herein a business reality in the near future.

The writer is grateful for this learning and look forward to further Human Resources Management modules.
Recruitment, Selection and Placement of HR
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

12.2018

As a member of the firm’s first marketing committee that will start operating in January, this assignment has helped me to start formulating the firm’s marketing plan and marketing activities that the marketing committee will be pursuing.

Since the marketing committee will be on a 6-month trial basis, we will have to hit the ground running as we will have no time to waste. This assignment has therefore given us a head-start in terms of the activities we will be undertaking and to be able to justify such activities and communications as essential tools to help the firm fulfil its strategic objectives. As a proponent of the marketing committee, the success of such committee is quite personal, and this assignment has given me the tools and confidence that will go a long way towards a successful trial run.
Marketing Decisions and Managing Activities
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

12.2018

I must admit that this marketing module has thus far been the most challenging for me and it is because, traditionally, local law firms have not paid much attention to marketing due to restrictions on advertising. So, this has been quite unchartered territory for me. However, what this course has made me realize is that most law firms (including ours) have fallen into the trap of confusing advertising and marketing – which are two different concepts, albeit related. What is most frowned upon in our legislation is loud solicitous advertising and touting marketing activities such as broadcasting to the public that a law firm is the best or cheapest or fastest as this is considered conduct that is unprofessional and unworthy of the noble profession.

This course has made me pore over the industry marketing and advertising guidelines and I have realized that there is nothing therein that bars law firms fr om conducting ethical market research wh ere necessary because at the end of the day, law firms are businesses that need to make informed strategic decisions in order to thrive.

In a nutshell, the value creation has been to change my mindset towards marketing and to make me (and the firm) realize that there is more that can be creatively done under marketing even within what we perceive to be restrictive industry regulations.
Marketing Research
Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

12.2018

This assignment has opened my eyes to the endless business opportunities. The market research proposal is for my new company and this has created value in that I now have a go to document when I want to pitch my ideas to potential investors.
Marketing Research
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

12.2018

This course has helped me understand or differentiate some of the terms that I would get confused about. What normally happens is, some of these theories I have been doing but blindly.

Now, designing a market proposal has helped me to put theories into practice thus showing me how practical it is to incorporate into my actual work.
Marketing Research
Lerato Mphelo
Lerato Mphelo, Strategic Programme Manager at Absa Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Lerato Mphelo

12.2018

The marketing management course has helped to appreciate the importance of linking marketing and communication to the company’s strategic objectives to an extend that I could connect it all together. With regards to the strategic objectives I appreciated the integration of this module with the ones on Financial management and Entrepreneurship.

During the marketing residential period we completed a marketing plan for our businesses. This course on marketing decisions and activities allowed me to revisit my marketing plan and update it with more well thought and achievable marketing communication for my company.
Marketing Decisions and Managing Activities
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

12.2018

This course has helped me open up my mind to marketing.

I previously had this notion that marketing was all about being a great talker and have your product/service sold. Now after having gone through the readings as well as the residential, I have reasonable understanding of the two and how and when each needs to be applied.

Taking the theory and trying to apply it to our company, I see opportunities of opening new markets. Also privately, I see myself using what I have learnt in the family business that we are working on with my husband.
Strategic Marketing
Sithabile Rondozai
Sithabile Rondozai, Client Relationship Manager at CBZ, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sithabile Rondozai

11.2018

I always thought that employees needed to do their dream job and be motivated for them to produce results.  I expected them to be self-motivated and produce results because I assumed, they were in their dream position.  

After having completed this assignment, I realized that I need to help them plan their work so that they are efficient through concentrating on a few things that matter.  I have started implementing this learning outcome, having each subordinate being responsible for different key issues, instead on all of them doing the same thing with mediocrity.  

It was received extremely well, and we are confident that as a department we will be most efficient this year.
Principles of Effective Management
Henry  Hoveka
Henry Hoveka, Managing Director at Multi-Wealth Management (Pty) Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Henry  Hoveka

11.2018

Given my investment led career path, Marketing has been totally misunderstood by myself as a mere academic elective that has no significant meaning in business beyond actual sales and related activities such as branding and advertising.

Writing the assignment opened my appreciation for marketing as a key business pillar given its ability to source market data for conversion into information. Sharing the proposal that we had to develop as the assignment for this course, my colleagues and I decided to conduct our first ever marketing research project, using the guidelines learned.

I am amazed to see how the marketing research learning coupled with the initial IBR teachings has added to the further enrichment of my development as a prospective leading entrepreneur in Namibia.
Marketing Research
Tokozana Dhliwayo
Tokozana Dhliwayo, Finance Director at ZETDC, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tokozana Dhliwayo

11.2018

Working on this assignment made me realize our major weaknesses of failing to set personal annual objectives for employees. Strategic management ends with identifying key result areas for the business and not personal objectives for the individuals.

The symptoms of a bad organization I have noticed also it in other departments where there are lots of meetings with lots of people and lots of jobs with a bit of everything. The outcome of this assignment will lead to improve decision making; that is for sure.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

11.2018

Once again, this assignment forced me to introspect and look at my past actions and really consider ways in which I could be more effective. This assignment has helped me to see where I could have done better in the past in my everyday work. The most important outcome of this course is that I believe I will be a more effective manager.

Once again, I feel I have gained as an individual and I also feel motivated to share this information with my team in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency in our organisation.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Tashinga Chimuti
Tashinga Chimuti, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Medical Aid Society of Central Africa (MASCA), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tashinga Chimuti

11.2018

There was a lot to learn in this course.

What is particularly new to me is that I can actually manage myself as a manager by having a manual in the form of my implementation plan above. Going forward I am going to use this research to start being systematic in my management approach.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Ndomupeyi Chikonye
Ndomupeyi Chikonye, Projects Manager at Zesa Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ndomupeyi Chikonye

10.2018

By going through this course, I have seen how my lack of knowledge of effective management has negatively impacted on the quality of my work. It has raised my consciousness on how important issues such as trust are critical in achieving the best out of people. My perception about multi-tasking has been changed and I will be able to do it better using the recommended control span rule “seven plus/minus two” of the principle of concentrating on a few things at a time.

A great exercise to write an assignment for myself
Principles of Effective Management