The Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) will confer 831 graduates with a range of degrees and certificates in the management and business disciplines at its May 2014 graduation. The graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, 24 May 2014, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban.
The 2014 graduation season sees graduates from South Africa and from Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe receiving their academic qualifications. MANCOSA’s 2014 graduate component has increased by 168 students in comparison to its last graduation in October 2013 which conferred 663 academic qualifications.
“MANCOSA is delighted at the achievement of its 2014 graduates. Our graduates have succeeded to complete their qualifications by supported distance education while meeting their family and work commitments. It takes much discipline and motivation to study, produce assignments and write examinations. For the MBA student there is the added requirement of successfully writing a dissertation to meet the requirement of the degree,” said Professor Mark Hay, the Advisor to the Principal at MANCOSA.
Of the May 2014 graduates, 299 have completed the Master in Business Administration (MBA). MANCOSA research shows that 95% of this group are employed; 69% of whom have benefited from career advancing opportunities, 51 % have received salary increases since acquiring their MBA and 52% have received job offers on completion of their MBA – an indication that a range of opportunities await those who obtain the MANCOSA MBA.
“Those pursuing the MBA are the leaders of today and tomorrow. Society, the market place and government seek graduates who can think critically and act strategically. These graduates are sought to lead successful organisations; graduates who are tuned into local and global business trends and developments in management and the economy.” said Professor Hay.
Professor Hay advised graduates to find their `fit’ in the workplace by applying their knowledge and skills. He said successful graduates stood out in the workplace not only for their knowledge and skills but by also adopting ethical work behaviour and an engaging leadership style, and values including integrity and respect.