At the School of Business & Governance, we strive to change the way our students think about business. We want our students to become manager-leaders in their own right. All our programmes strive to promote practical business solutions in the workplace and we encourage our students to “practise what we preach”. With sites of delivery in Potchefstroom, Mafikeng and the Vaal Triangle, as part of the North-West University, the School of Business & Governance aims to make a difference in the local economy and community through the implementation of skills and other social projects.


Director's Message

At the forefront

The united Business School of the NWU can this year look back at a very successful first term behind us. With the AMBA reaccreditation process and the success with the five-year accreditation period awarded, we now taste the success of our hard work and sacrifices. The NWU School of Business and Governance (NWU SBG) was granted AMBA accreditation for a period of five years.  This intensive process to obtain accreditation was indeed a team effort that required hard work and perseverance. The fact that the NWU SBG introduced a new MBA at the beginning of 2016, as well as the fact that the two business schools at the NWU merged, made this task exceptionally challenging.  During the week of 15 to 17 May, myself and Prof Anet Smit received the Business School’s five-year accreditation certificate during the 50th AMBA conference in Dubai.

The Business School is currently in the process where the AABS and AACSB as accreditation bodies are investigated, and recently attended the AABS conference in Vienna, Austria.

The new level 9 MBA was introduced on 1 January 2016 with a new group’s final-years already at the end of their first semester. The third-years of the previous group of MBAs are also in their final year and the Business School will this year lead the largest group of mini-dissertations (166) in the history of its existence. These two groups are both currently in the final year of their MBA studies.

The year 2017 is a year of firsts when referring to the Postgraduate Diploma in Management. The programme, which can also make the road to your MBA possible, is offered on a part-time as well as full-time basis by the Business School. With the 2017 intake, the Postgraduate diploma receives the largest number of applicants to date since its inception and this under even more severe selection processes than in the past. Students can be proud to have been admitted to this programme; we selected only the cream of the crop. There are currently 150 students for the full-time programme in Potchefstroom, 140 part-time students (Potchefstroom Campus and the Vaal Triangle Campus) as well as 110 part-time students for the site of delivery in Mafikeng.

This year will also be a first where attendees will attend a full study school. Two of the subjects, namely General Management and Financial Reporting, are presented as blocks during the study school.

The Executive Learning programme in high gear and currently it seems that the School will exceed last year’s record figures.

The process for the appointment of a new director for the Business School is still ongoing and should yield a result within the next two months.

I would, however, like to take the opportunity to congratulate Mr Douglas Ramaphosa, the Group Executive: Corporate Affairs at Altron, with his appointment as member of the Advisory Board.


May the second half of the year be associated with just as much enthusiasm!


Greetings from Potchefstroom.




Vision and Mission


To be an innovative and quality-driven business school that, strongly anchored within a regional context, also plays a dynamic role in Africa and internationally.


The School of Business & Governance is committed to high quality teaching, research and the operationalisation of expertise measured against international standards within a context of a client- and service-oriented approach. The mission is vested in the following eight pillars:

The following eight elements are key pillars of this mission, which leads to the formulation of specific goals and applicable targets that the School of Business & Governance wishes to achieve, namely:

  • The optimal utilisation of academic and support staff to achieve the goal of the School of Business & Governance.
  • To develop, teach and empower, by means of innovative teaching and quality learning, well-rounded graduates, who are able to think laterally and critically and who are able to serve the country and its people, the continent and the world.
  • Develop and maintain relevant, focused research of a high standard that is aligned with national priorities and that offers innovative solutions to the challenges that face the academic community, the country, the continent and the world.
  • Expand the commercialisation, implementation and marketing of expertise to benefit all role-players.
  • Expand the community involvement of the School of Business & Governance in order to make a fundamental difference with all role-players.
  • The proactive expansion and maintenance of international collaboration agreements with regard to teaching-learning, research and the marketing of expertise.
  • Development of the School of Business & Governance image and the strengthening of the School of Business & Governance trademark.
  • Be a responsible, well-managed, financially-viable business school with a strong client focus to support and improve the quality of our core business.