UKZN staff with a visiting French delegation.

UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) recently hosted a French delegation with the aim being to promote academic networks and explore opportunities for collaboration and exchange programmes between French and South African institutes of Higher Education.

The delegation was made up of the Head of International Admissions and Development at EDHEC Business School, Ms Sophie Simard; the Deputy Head for Middle-East area Department for the Promotion of French Higher Education at Campus France, Ms Oumou Diakite; the International Recruitment and Development Director of Vatel Bordeaux, Mr Ludovic Glorieux, and the Associate Director of Grenoble Graduate School of Business, Ms Julie Martin.

During his welcome address, UKZN’s Executive Director of Corporate Relations, Mr Lesiba Seshoka, said the initiative was one of many the University was embarking on to strengthen its international links and create opportunities for research collaboration.

GSB&L’s Dean and Head, Professor Stephen Migiro, proposed an MBA exchange programme between the two countries that would see the MBA students acquiring international experience during their studies.

‘There is a lot that we have in common in terms of areas of research and business education. We would like to use visiting professors from renowned business schools in your country to come and assist our students with career planning. We are also keen on student exchange programmes on a masters level as we want to expose our students to the international corporate sector and we believe that it will add value to our School,’ said Migiro.

Acting Manager of International Relations, Ms Tasmeera Singh, presented a summary on UKZN in which she mentioned that the University was the first in the country to establish an international office and highlighted the rewards yielded by its partnerships with other European institutions.

Simard said their School offered MBAs on a full time basis and only accepted candidates with significant work experience as they were looking for students with a wealth of practical experience to bring to the classroom.

She said they were excited about the possibility of exposing their students to South Africa and building new links with academic institutions such as UKZN.

The delegation also shared information about the programmes they offered and engaged with GSB&L academics on possible further areas for co-operation as the relationship strengthens in the future.