The Harold Pupkewtiz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) has officially launched its Alumni Association. The association was launched during a gala dinner on November 26 at the Safari Hotel by the HP-GSB Director Professor Grafton Whyte.
Speaking at the event, Whyte noted that the association would be run by HP-GSB graduates and serve as a platform for high-level networking, the development of a ‘think tank’ for solutions to industry, and ensure lifelong relationships between students and the school.
Speaking about the development of the institution, Whyte noted that in 2015 the school had taken in its first Executive MBA cohort, successfully run the 2nd Customer Service Management Africa Awards & Conference, launched the Customer Service Association of Namibia, and become the country’s centre for Insights Discovery, a psychometric tool on which the school would base its Individual Targeted Learning Initiative.
In 2016, the HP-GSB will launch its PhD programme and postgraduate diploma in management.
Whyte also announced that plans were in progress to build a new teaching facility for the HP-GSB.
The evening featured speakers from captains of industry including the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Tarah Shaanika, who touched on overcoming challenges in Namibian business; University of Ghana Professor Robert Hinson who spoke about personal branding, and Standard Bank’s Isdor Angula and Arrie Hougaard of NMH who both spoke about leadership and management.
EMBA student and manager of public and corporate affairs at NDTC Helena Mootseng was MC for the night. The event was sponsored by Namibia Media Holdings, Agribank, Roads Authority and Standard Bank.