Year in Review

The UCT GSB Year in Review offers an opportunity to review our progress and reflect on all the aspects of the school that have made us proud, and continue to do so. Sign up to receive the digital or print copy of the Year in Review annually.

Year in Review 2021

2020 year in review

Like so many this past year, at the UCT GSB we have not only had to adjust to a “new normal,” but have been tested as individuals, as a community, and as an organisation. It was in this intense heat that we were able

to forge our most enduring resilience. Yet the UCT GSB is also unique in its leadership in understanding complex environments, fostering inclusive innovation, teaching managers to navigate through volatility, change and crisis, and in finding new models of_environmentally and socially sustainable growth. This historic inflection point demonstrated that we don’t only teach these insights – we live them.

This edition features some of the stories that capture the resilience, creativity, values and insights of

the UCT GSB community during this remarkable year. 

Highlights include:

  • Interviews with new UCT GSB Director Dr Catherine Duggan, and new faculty members, Dr Rene Albertus and Dr Thanti Mthanti
  • Introduction of three new courses to be launched in 2021 - PGDip in Development Finance, the CEMS Master of Management specialising in International Management, and the Finance Specialisation in the MBA.
  • Focus on Community Action Networks and UCT GSB students and alumni involvement
  • Key event takeouts including the first virtual annual Women in Business Conference
  • Publishing and research achievements in a memorable and challenging year
  • Insights into developments at the Bertha Centre and Power Futures Lab

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2019 Year In Review

According to the UCT GSB’s 2019 interim director, Kosheek Sewchurran, “Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not.
This edition focuses on how the UCT GSB continues to grow as a leading business school in Africa through its programmes, faculty, specialised units as well as physical structure.

Highlights include:

  • Launch of the new academic conference centre 
  • Solution space new e-Track programme, which aims to help businesses take their business idea and let it grow
  • Case writing centre studies on UCOOK’s growth and expansion challenges, the beleaguered SABC, the energy-drained Eskom and the Markus Jooste chaos of Steinhoff international
  • Power Futures lab and its outsize impact on the energy sector across the African continent.
  • Profiles of the diverse selection of international and local thought leaders who visited the UCT GSB, including the likes of Mcebisi Jonas. 

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Year in Review - 2019
Year in Review - 2018

2018 Year in Review

The UCT GSB had a tremendous 2018 – so successful, in fact, that it was impossible to include all our achievements into the inaugural edition of the UCT GSB’s annual Year in Review. The edition focused on the theme: Build, a nod to UCT GSB’s interactive building block creative campaign, with the same title, in partnership with Cape Town based designer and tessellation artist Faatimah Mohamed-Luke

The edition features:

  • WEF Young Global Leaders Summit and MBA World Summit hosted by the UCT GSB 
  • How the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Development Finance Centre have positioned the school as a thought leader in impact investing
  • The NYU Stern School of Business study tour at the UCT GSB-run Solution Space in Philippi
  • Case studies of customised programmes designed for Santam and Standard Bank
  • Interviews with new faculty members Grieve Chelwa, Christina Swart-Opperman and Associate Professor Mikael Samuelsson

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