World Class

Posted on June 27, 2011

Africa may remain the main target of most schools' outward focus, but the rest of the world is also coming into their sights. Since 2007, the Johannesburg-based Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) has provided leadership training around the world for the UN Children's Fund (Unicef). Says Gibs director Nick Binedell: "SA business schools are highly regarded internationally for their practical approach." Gibs, which is waiting to hear if it has won the contract to coach members of a European country's national assembly, was initially hired by Unicef for the Southern Africa region. However, the mandate was soon extended to the whole of Africa, and then the programme was presented in South America, Asia, North America and Europe. Unicef senior managers from over 120 countries have undergone Gibs training, which is taught around the world. The last Asia block took place in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal. Gibs has been shortlisted to present the programme internationally for a further three years, from 2012. Programme manager Shaun Rozyn is optimistic it will succeed. "We have received inspiring reports of how delegates have applied their skills in the harshest of emergency experiences, coached their teams in the toughest environments and made decisions that have influenced the lives of thousands of children"...

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