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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Liina  Kalili
Liina Kalili, Section Head Property Finance & Administration at City of Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Liina  Kalili

08.2022

It is only getting better in this course, this assignment opened my eyes and made me understand the real meaning of doing business which is the main core of survival in business. I am so glad that I discovered this MBA because of culture of putting theory into practise but not only to memorize theories in textbooks.

About the residential it was the most fulfilling and humbling experience learning from the diverse group. It was the joyful moment to meet my classmates in person for the first time, the ability to interact with them face to face and listening to their unique experience. The knowledge impacted on us by Professor Kelling was powerful, the history of strategic planning and how things evolved for our current and future planning. I am looking forward to all my future encounters, and I am positive that the knowledge that I obtain will help me to make a difference.
Mastering Complexity Through Navigation
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

08.2022

I wish this method of teaching strategy would be shared in schools because we need to begin healing the nation from elementary levels, and so come up with our own solutions to our problems. I am very thankful for this exposure; it really makes me believe that my return on investment in this MBA is very high.
Mastering Complexity Through Navigation
Innocent Sauti
Innocent Sauti , Head of Programme at United Nations World Food Programme, Yangon, Myanmar
Linkedin: Innocent Sauti

07.2022

May I take this opportunity to share my appreciation for the great work done by Prof. Janos Illesy in making me feel comfortable with Financial Statements and Financial Planning. I dreaded the course. I am now motivated to check on company performance
Finance Intensive
Innocent Sauti
Innocent Sauti , Head of Programme at United Nations World Food Programme, Yangon, Myanmar
Linkedin: Innocent Sauti

07.2022

Working through this assignment I have managed to review my performance as honestly as I possibly could. I have learned many new ideas beyond the ones I have chosen for this assignment. I have developed confidence on some issues that I developed through self-discovery and experience which are also acknowledged by Malik. The knowledge acquired has definitely added more personal value and also to the work that I do for the World Food Programme.
Principles of Effective Management
Lincoln Taruvinga
Lincoln Taruvinga, Director at Linfix Investments (Pvt) Ltd T/A Quickfix Hardware, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Lincoln Taruvinga

06.2022

This has been an eye opener to have an eye out and to reflect on how other individuals carry themselves. Personally, this is something I never really investigated as I believed that business transactions are handled similarly or are universal throughout.

As an organisation it gives us the ability to now review and look at all communication across the business sector differently and to take our time in thorough research before engaging in future international business endeavours.
Cross-Cultural Management
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

05.2022

and I may have devised re-investment solutions which had not been explored before. Solutions which work at boosting other industries in the country as well as making the global bottom line look like a win to the investor. I am thankful for this assignment, because now I believe that there are diamonds in the roughness of my country, all it takes is concerted effort to look, and a positive mind-set to apply.
International Business Law
Japhet Zoraunye
Japhet Zoraunye, Research And Development Engineer at Stamicarbon, Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands
Linkedin: Japhet Zoraunye

05.2022

This research assignment introduced me to new thinking and a new way of doing things in terms of how market opportunities can be identified and developed to create sustainable businesses for new products or new markets for existing products.
Strategic Marketing
Miranda Khumalo
Miranda Khumalo, PARTNER at Atherstone and Cook, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Miranda Khumalo

05.2022

This exercise has been highly beneficial as it has brought a different perspective on developing or identifying a target segment. The systematic review proposed in the reading material, reiterates the need to first identify the customer’s needs and problem that the business wishes to resolve. A business is able to narrow down on the most realistic opportunity from the various market opportunities.
Strategic Marketing
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

04.2022

What is both sad and joyful to me, is that there are people in the world like Richard Gesteland who have successfully studied human behaviour to this degree in order to help those yet in the know. However, due to ignorance, I still went ahead blindly trying to forge relations without having come across such a gem.

I am thankful for this exposure, and the opportunity not to repeat mistakes other people and myself have made. This assignment has helped me craft the type of export market we will endeavour to have our products move to.
Cross-Cultural Management
Annabelle Moller
Annabelle Moller, Head of Internal Audit at MTC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Annabelle Moller

03.2022

The lateral marketing technique was a game changer for me, not only to develop new ideas for the development of new products and services, but also using the technique to solve business problems or develop new ideas. It has helped me think differently about challenges to see challenges as just another opportunity to create something and this technique defenitely helped me to jump that hurdel.
Strategic Marketing
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

03.2022

This course has been particularly helpful for me as it focused on the practical application of marketing research in our business. Having studied a research module before, it was always difficult to use the concept in the context of everyday business. However, looking at marketing research from the perspective of offering value to a board of directors who need to make critical decisions about the business has opened my eyes. The reading material has also shown me that there are many ways to conduct market research all being dependent on what the objectives of the market research are. I have enjoyed studying this course.

Having also been appointed to sit on two boards of directors recently, I have also seen how market research will help to solve problems in a business more efficiently as you can base your decisions on results and not just on general assumptions.
Marketing Research
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

03.2022

The idea of lateral marketing was the most difficult for me to understand while I was studying this course, however, once I grasped the concept, I realised how some ideas that we usually throw out as being completely ridiculous may be the very ideas that drive innovation and can give true competitive advantage.

I also learnt that the marketing planning process is not just for the marketing department but for the whole organisation and as such it should be given a lot of attention.
Strategic Marketing
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Engineering Manager at MegChem, Cape Town, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

03.2022

This assignment provided me with tremendous insight. Having had the opportunity to align our company's information capital portfolio and its strategy map is invaluable. Writing this assignment led to save time and money, and allows us to allocate resources to relevant tasks and activities.

This course unit created significant evidence that it is a risk to not implement digital technology. Companies can become obsolete as digital technology is a necessity to stay competitive and improves effectiveness when implemented correctly.
Managing IT and strategy
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, CSO/Co-Founder at SMC Ltd, Maidenhead, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

03.2022

I really enjoyed this assignment! As an organization we have been struggling to achieve this production target since 2018, believing that our only solution was to increase revenue and hire more resources. However, during the construction of this assignment, I was forced to step out of my operational position and assess this business from a strategic standpoint and was amazed by the results. This assignment has really opened my eyes to the potential value that digital technology can bring to any organization, if strategized and implemented properly.
Managing IT and strategy
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Metallurgical Manager at Eastplats, Brits, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

03.2022

The most critical thing in this assignment is how it links up with other concepts from other modules. This showed me the fluidity of the MBA program and the practical side of it. This also showed me that there is no concept that is isolated form the others and that market entry whether domestic or foreign, requires thorough research and understanding before implementation.
Export Market Entry Strategies
Lincoln Taruvinga
Lincoln Taruvinga, Director at Linfix Investments (Pvt) Ltd T/A Quickfix Hardware, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Lincoln Taruvinga

03.2022

This has been an immense learning experience for me while studying this course. I have reflected and seen a lot of missed potential that would add value to the organisation if we were to compartmentalise and adapt new age transformation. It has outlined that for any business to be successful it has to continuously be looking t the macro environment as it plays a huge factor in the operations of any business. Continuous scanning of this environment will help move the organisation forward and always help me be aware of the opportunities outside and threats that may be turned into positives.
The Nature of International Business
Linda Israel
Linda Israel, Project manager at Masa Israel Journey, Beer Sheva, Israel

03.2022

Thanks to the current study, the company has been enriched with a wide range of concrete and real-life actions to reorganize its structures in anticipation of an era of transformation.

In addition, the results of my research helped me understand the vast opportunities that are gradually opening for us thanks to technological developments, using which we can even more effectively serve our customers and grow as a company with values and a mission.
The Nature of International Business
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

02.2022

In many ways, this particular assignment had me reflecting on most of the preceding modules right from strategic management, financial planning, strategic marketing, human resources management and operations management. It is a befitting final course to the IBR MBA before the electives because, just like the revised strategy map we worked on as part of the assignment, the course integrates and aligns prior learnings and weaves them together to once again show that everything we have been learning thus far is linked and must be aligned and integrated for effective management of business administration.

One could say, the whole program has been about integrating the key themes of customer value proposition, evolving customer needs, technology, and the strategic management of key activities such as marketing, HR and financial planning as determinants of an organization’s current and future profit potential.

In reminding me of what I have learnt since beginning the program, it was wonderful to see how far I have come, how much I have learnt and to take stock of how much of it I have managed to apply to the organizations I have worked with during the tenure of this MBA program. There is truly no better way to learn!
Managing IT and strategy
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena, Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF, Abuja, Nigeria
Linkedin: Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena

02.2022

I had an interview for a very high-level managerial position. Fortunately, I had managed to read through the mandatory readings in preparation for the assignment. Insights from the readings came in handy. I truly enjoyed the interview. The feedback before we wrapped up the session from the interviewers was that I had strong management skills. Already, I am harvesting from this course!!! Thank you.

Managing change is what I do as a manager at my organization. I have been managing change using experience and some behaviours which I thought were effective. Reading through this course, I learnt a lot on how to manage change successfully, even amidst scarce resources and very challenging contexts.
Development of Management Skills
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

02.2022

This course was eye-opening and insightful as it called for a lot of self-introspection. Before this course, if I had to explain the challenges with the implementation of the process and system changes that I was leading for the ISO 9001 certification, I would give most of the blame to COVID-19 and to needlessly resistant, stubborn and lazy team members who could not see the bigger picture. My own shortcomings as a manager (many of which I was hitherto unaware of) may have only been mentioned to a lesser extent. Now the assignment tells of a different story, and I believe I can only be a better manager from this self-reflection as there will, no doubt be many more times of change in which my leadership will be called upon.

When I came up with the Positive Change Agenda plan for my team as part of the implementation plan for this assignment, I also came up with plans for my spouse and child respectively. The same principles of more compassion, focusing on developing strengths, complimenting small successes, volunteering emotional support, empowerment, seem to apply equally to these social settings. The exercises from the mandatory readings were particularly engaging, practical and insightful as well and I will be sharing them with my colleagues for their information. On reflection, this has been a constant with this program, it does not only develop me as a manager/leader, but at a personal level as a wife and mother and the value spills over to my colleagues with whom I share the learnings and who are beneficiaries of the programs initiated from the implementation plans in these assignments.
Development of Management Skills