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Beauties and the beasts face off in Regent Business School's 'shark tank' SMME competitionFive self-employed beauticians are celebrating after winning Regent Business School's redHUB recent "shark tank" competition. 19 Oct 2021 Read more

How South Africa's organisations can make a difference to the youth unemployment crisisThe Regent Enterprise Development Hub is an entrepreneurial and innovation programme aimed at supporting small business development 21 Sep 2021 Read more

Regent Business School is now proudly a Level 1 B-BBEE contributorExciting news: Regent Business School has achieved Level 1 B-BBEE status! We are delighted with this acknowledgement of the significant transformational role we play in South Africa and believe this rating will accelerate our contribution to our country's economic sustainability at a grassroots level. 14 Sep 2021 Read more

Higher education in a disrupted worldHigher education institutions have long been considered to be the repositories of knowledge and learning and the structures through which knowledge is produced and disseminated. They have survived sweeping societal changes created by technology - the moveable-type printing press, previous Industrial Revolutions, information and communication technologies, electronic media, and computers. 5 May 2021 Read more

Regent Business School pays tribute to healthcare workers with limited study offerIn the run up to World Health Day on 7 April 2021, and as a token of gratitude to South Africa's healthcare fraternity, Regent Business School*, a member of Honoris United Universities**, has halved the cost of its Higher Certificate in Healthcare Services Management (HCHSM). The offer on the NQF 5 qualification applies to healthcare professionals, executives and admin teams who have worked tirelessly and selflessly on the frontlines and behind the scenes to save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. 17 Mar 2021 Read more

The Covid crisis can facilitate entrepreneurs of the futureLast year, President Cyril Ramaphosa presented the South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, which aimed to expedite the recovery of the country's economy; severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, he referred to the support for entrepreneurship and small business development. He believed that this specific sector of the economy offered the greatest untapped potential for growth, employment and fundamental economic transformation. 18 Jan 2021 Read more

Adapting marketing to the post-Covid: The new normal2020 has been a tumultuous year and the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically impacted all spheres of life. As governments across the world deliberate, escalate and de-escalate lockdown strategies, businesses have been forced to adapt to a new reality. In South Africa we have fared better than most and are currently in lockdown Level 1, however, we are constantly reminded that the coronavirus is going to be around and the threat of a resurgence in infections will continue for the foreseeable future and it is unlikely that business will return to as 'usual'. 8 Jan 2021 Read more

Death of Professor Yusuf KarodiaIt is with a profound sense of loss and sadness that we inform you of the death of our founder, Professor Yusuf Karodia. 24 Dec 2020 Read more

Makerspaces: Equipping students with skills for employability in the 21st centuryWe are in the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) which is replete with major disruptions in almost every aspect of our lives and in this respect education is no exception. Whilst the corporate sector is busying itself in preparation of the new headwinds through innovations in robotics, automation and big data analytics, the higher education sector is seemingly lagging behind in preparation of our students for employability in the new world of work, spawned by the processes of digitisation and digital transformation. 21 Dec 2020 Read more

How disruptive technologies are transforming small businesses in AfricaRegent Business School*, a member of the global Honoris United Universities network, hosted a webinar on the Positive Impact of 4IR on SMME and Start-ups, on Tuesday, 21 July 2020. This follows projections by analysts worldwide that SMMEs (small, medium, and micro enterprises) will play a pivotal role in shaping post-Covid-19 realities. 28 Jul 2020 Read more

Adapting to a new worldTectonic shifts have forced leadership at institutions to transform in innovative ways 15 Jul 2020 Read more

Covid-19 increases demand for healthcare industry professionalsNever in history have five letters and two numbers wreaked havoc on people and economies, as Covid-19 has done. Suddenly, we can't be sure of anything anymore - our health, jobs, our children's education, daily routines and what the future will be like for our loved ones. However, there are some key developments amidst the global chaos that, if we are agile and committed enough, we can use to build flourishing, secure futures. 29 Jun 2020 Read more

Regent Business School's REDhub to nurture entrepreneursRegent Business School*, a member of the global Honoris United Universities network, has unveiled an entrepreneurial and enterprise development centre to fuel sustained economic recovery at a grassroots level. This follows projections by analysts worldwide that SMMEs (small, medium, and micro enterprises) will play a pivotal role in shaping post-Covid-19 realities. The Regent Enterprise Development Hub (REDhub) aims to nurture resilient, localised ecosystems and breathe life into ideas and concepts to stimulate impactful, new venture creation. 25 Jun 2020 Read more

Community and collaboration: How Regent Business School ensures uninterrupted learning during the lockdownRegent Business School, a member of the global Honoris United Universities, has presented students with a rigorously coordinated response to the challenges imposed by the Covid-19 induced lockdown to ensure the continuation of knowledge exchange. As a result of strategic collaborations, digital innovation and a community-focused ethos, the business school offers students a comprehensive digitally-supported online learning platform, with data-free access to key learning portals for students using MTN and Cell C simcards. 8 Jun 2020 Read more

SA business school mobilises digital innovation to help fight Covid-19Regent Business School*, a member of Honoris United Universities, has heeded the SOS call from healthcare professionals fighting Covid-19 across South Africa for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The business school has mobilised its innovation hubs, iLeadLABs, in Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town to produce its reusable protective face shields and splash protection masks using 3-D printed parts which will be distributed, at no cost, to public healthcare facilities. 9 Apr 2020 Read more

Regent Business School responds to call for PPEsAs government steps up efforts to #FlattenTheCurve to contain the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa, socially-responsible organisations are embracing the health crisis through strategic collaborations or generous contributions. In response to the urgent call from those fighting Covid-19 on the frontlines, Regent Business School has mobilised its nationwide innovation hubs or iLeadLAB to produce Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. 7 Apr 2020 Read more

"Bring down the barriers between education and the real world," says award-winning SA educationistAfrica's leading educationist and academic trailblazer, Professor Yusuf Karodia, has cautioned that to sustainably address the challenges posed by the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), policymakers and education advocates on the continent lack to embrace new, digitally-immersive methods to higher education. 2 Mar 2020 Read more

Minister Mboweni's game-plan under scrutiny in pre-budget discussionSome of South Africa's finest analytical minds joined Regent Business School*, a member of Honoris United Universities**, in Johannesburg to share their thoughts on how Finance Minister Tito Mboweni plans to weather the socio-economic storm in his Budget Speech to Parliament later this month. With national debt exceeding R3 trillion, state-owned entities in trouble, business and government ethics under scrutiny, rising unemployment, and the economic growth downgrade by the World Bank, experts agree that the Minister faces a herculean task to deliver a well-rounded, impactful budget to soothe consumer, business and investor jitters. 21 Feb 2020 Read more

Ignite our national mojoBoks victory shows what magic we can achieve as an inclusive nation in the scrum 6 Dec 2019 Read more

How business schools can prepare students for employabilityBusiness schools have an important role in preparing young people for the 21st-century workplace 8 Oct 2019 Read more

Empowering women entrepreneurship through digital skillsNo country can flourish by neglecting the potential of its women workforce. With economic liberalisation and globalisation, the number of women entrepreneurs is increasing globally. The latent entrepreneurial capabilities of women have been gradually coming to the fore with the developments in socio-political environment in society, and in this respect, South Africa is no exception. 28 Jun 2019 Read more

(Re)conceptualising education to bridge the digital divide for innovation and employabilityPresident Ramaphosa's merger of the Department of Science & Technology with the Department of Higher Education and Training is perhaps propitious, especially given that the new educational imperatives of the Digital Era. The unification would assist in connecting science to the overall developmental challenges of the country through innovative policies and strategies. This reasoning has merit in that education has to be a catalyst to address the multi-faceted problems confronting the nation. 14 Jun 2019 Read more

Durban professor appointed Honorary Consul General SeychellesProfessor Emeritus Mohseen Ebrahim of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics and Senior Professor at Regent Business School, Durban, has recently been appointed Honorary Consul of Seychelles by the Seychelles President, Danny Faure. 27 May 2019 Read more

Scaling up the MBA for relevance in the Fourth Industrial RevolutionThe global economy is undergoing massive disruption. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has brought with it a world of 'cyber-physical systems' characterised by the merging of physical, digital, and biological realms in profound ways, and artificial intelligence (AI) serves as the primary catalyst of this transformation. 13 Mar 2019 Read more

Government's fiscal rescue plan under the spotlight at a Pre-Budget RoundtableSome of SA's foremost analytical minds in politics and economics sparked robust debate at the Regent Business School* Pre-Budget Roundtable when they shared their insights, forecasts and perceptions on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's looming Budget Speech. The Davos-style interactive session at the Crowne Plaza Rosebank in Johannesburg attracted established and enterprising minds in business, as well as individuals who are closely tracking what Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, is likely to table in his widely-anticipated Budget Speech tomorrow. 21 Feb 2019 Read more

Higher education institutions need to unpack the link between education, employability and entrepreneurshipIt is axiomatic to state that business models, across all sectors of the economy, are being fundamentally disrupted. From the pervasive use of exponential technologies, the rise of smart machines and artificial intelligence, shifting demographics, increased market transparency, limiless individual choices and consumer sophistication - their structural impacts are clear to see. The confluence of the foregoing factors is the key driver of the transformation and disruption of business models. 16 Jan 2019 Read more

Regent Business School unveils iLeadLABiLeadLAB bridges the gap between education and the demands of the 21st century workplace 4 Dec 2018 Read more

Curiosity leads to knowledge"Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates. The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive." - Jhumpa Lahiri 2 Oct 2018 Read more

Education, excursion and experience at the Shanghai Business Study Tour 2018A group of 11 students and alumni from Regent Business School jets off to China as part of the Shanghai Business Study Tour 2018. The group of professionals and executives from Durban, Johannesburg, Swaziland and Zimbabwe will spend a week as guests of the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE). 17 Sep 2018 Read more

Populist rhetoric is destructive, divisiveAre South Africans beginning to lose pride in our heroes and collective accomplishments by vilifying our struggle icons? 24 Aug 2018 Read more

A first for southern Africa as Regent Business School launches a Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Finance and BankingIn a precedent-setting move, Regent Business School (RBS) has launched southern Africa's first Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Finance and Banking on the back of growing global demand for Islamic banking professionals. The qualification is one of three new one-year courses introduced by the institution to create a powerful pool of special-skilled professionals in the continent. 25 Jul 2018 Read more

Regent Business School signs an MOU with the Egyptian Higher Education MinistryRegent Business School, a member of the Honoris United Universities, has cemented its position as a leading distance-learning institution in Africa by signing a memorandum of understanding with Egypt's Higher Education Ministry. The MoU was signed during the recently held Africa 2017 Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This paves the way for the establishment of a campus in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. 22 Dec 2017 Read more

Regent Business School expands its footprint in Africa and launches a Global Pan-African MBARegent Business School is launching its distance-learning MBA in North Africa with two of its partner institutions from the Honoris United Universities pan-African higher education network. The Global Pan-African MBA will be launched this week by Université Centrale Group in Tunisia and the Université Mundiapolis in Morocco. 14 Dec 2017 Read more

Actis sponsors international scholarships for students or alumni of Honoris United UniversitiesActis, a leading growth markets investor, has announced that it will be providing US$100,000 in sponsorship for two Honoris United Universities graduates to complete a postgraduate qualification at the world's leading educational establishments. 16 Oct 2017 Read more

First pan-African private higher education network Honoris United Universities launchedHonoris United Universities, the first pan-African higher private education has been launched in London. The network, built upon its unique ‘collaborative intelligence' concept, brings together the pioneering efforts of leading tertiary education institutions in North and Southern Africa, to educate Africa's next generation of leaders and professionals. 13 Jul 2017 Read more

Open seminar series on Critical Conversations in Sustainability‘Critical Conversations' is a series of transdisciplinary seminars in sustainability hosted by Regent Business School, The Mercury, and other private and public sector stakeholders. The year-long series aims to creatively engage in critical discussions, provocative dialogue and idea-sharing around sustainable questions that delve into novel and innovative ideas that may assist in mobilising changes necessary for our planet to become a better place for all who live in it. 10 May 2017 Read more

Muslims in Seychelles - A Historical Appraisal of their LegacyMuslims in Seychelles is a fascinating account of the history of Seychelles, taking the reader back in time when the Arabs and pirates used to frequent the islands, the French established a settlement, the British annexed the islands, the road to independence, the period during independence, the coup d'état, introduction of a one-party state and re-introduction of a multi-party democracy. 20 Feb 2017 Read more

Master entrepreneur GG Alcock inspires students at Regent Business School in DurbanRenowned author, mentor, strategy guru and master entrepreneur GG Alcock shared key insights and learnings in Durban, encouraging students to overcome South Africa's current economic challenges by seeking out opportunities within the informal sector. 6 Feb 2017 Read more

Educating for good governanceResearch indicates that there is a strong correlation between education and governance. There are multiple relationships between education and good governance and they are cyclical and mutually reinforcing. Of particular interest are the characteristics of education systems and the content of education, which may mediate the effects of education on governance. Within this context the nature of both the structure of education systems and content of teaching and learning are critical. In particular, education that is socially inclusive and relevant has a positive effect on governance, while education that alienates or marginalises individuals or lacks relevance to the aspirations and possible livelihoods of people may have negative effects on governance. For example, the content and skills about which a citizenry is empowered through education will determine how it has an effect on governance. 7 Dec 2016 Read more

Mobilising South African civil society for just governanceIt is estimated that in South Africa, corruption and cronyism contribute about 25 percent of state procurement. Nefarious activity of this scale begins to affect almost every aspect of governance, sustainable economic development and service delivery. It is a scourge that is inextricably linked to the violation of ethical values, justice and the rule of law and undermines the very foundations of our hard-fought democracy. Corruption affects society, at large. Moreover, it is the poorest amongst us who suffer the most harmful effects of corruption, because it is they who are principally dependent on public policy outcomes, especially in terms of delivery of infrastructure, housing, food security, basic healthcare, sanitation, clean water and education. 1 Dec 2016 Read more

Paradise lost: Navigating in search of a national moral compassSouth Africa is in a state of ferment and the country is struggling to overcome a fractured political, economic, social and moral landscape. It is the social malaise of crime, in all its negative ramifications that unremittingly violates the majority of the population. On a daily basis we hear about the excesses of crime against person and property. 30 Nov 2016 Read more

Spring ushers in a flurry of activities at Regent Business SchoolThere has been a hive of academic and social activity at Regent Business School in the recent past and there are plans afoot to have many more in the near future. On 16 September 2016, Regent Business School presented a BRICS Masterclass titled, 'Doing Business with the BRICS'. The event was hosted in partnership with the Durban Chamber of Commerce, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, Nedbank, MANCOSA and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in a new addition to the institution's campus, the Institute of Entrepreneurship. The new building accommodates state-of-art-facilities including a 180-seater raked lecture theatre. 26 Sep 2016 Read more

BRICS Masterclass Breakfast invitationThe Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Local and Global Research Initiatives (ILGRI) at Regent Business School in partnership with the South Africa's Department of International Relationships and Cooperation (DIRCO), The Embassies of the BRICS nations in South Africa, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, eThekwini Municipality, the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) and other Corporate and Public Sector Organisations is hosting a BRICS Masterclass on 16 September 2016. The occasion will also be used to launch the BRICS and Emerging Markets Business Schools' Association and provide an opportunity for delegates to interact with the Trade Missions of the BRICS countries. 5 Sep 2016 Read more

Business education and relevance of culture in global tradeAhmed Shaikh
Anis Karodia
Dhiru Soni
 26 Jul 2016 Read more

Governance, corruption and state capture: Portending a slippery slide for South Africa's economyIn recent weeks we have been witness to a proliferation of media reports and press clippings about alleged corrupt relationships between the Gupta family and the state. For example, Andrew England writing in the Financial Times claims that the predatory relationship between capital interest and the state is not only a shady one, but is effectively the cause of state pillage. In this respect he alleges that the Gupta family has for all intents and purposes been responsible for 'state capture'. He further argues that under these circumstances the Gupta family is increasingly portrayed "as a symbol of the malaise afflicting the nation", especially in terms of wielding their influence over state officials and appointments and procuring government contracts. 3 May 2016 Read more

Regent Business School alumni deems innovative thinking a scarce commodity in the public service sector of AfricaI have always been intrigued by the high levels of sophistication and development defining the standards of living and professionalism in different sectors and or industries of both the Western and Eastern worlds. From the perspective of the public sector, my recent tour to the UK of the British Civil Service suggested that the answer was in the willingness to evolve with changing times, and by inference, to innovate perpetually. 30 Mar 2016 Read more

Gordhan's budget speech compels government to (re)define its leadership roleAnis Karodia
Ahmed Shaikh
Paresh Soni
Zaheer Hamid
 14 Mar 2016 Read more

Private-public partnerships can assist in the higher education crisisIt is an extremely hot summer's day in January 2016 as we drive down Stalwart Simelane Street in Durban, almost two decades after the birth of our democracy. Suddenly we witness a chaotic scene alongside the University of South Africa. Out of curiosity we bring our vehicle to a sudden halt. We exit the motor vehicle to find out what is happening. Our enquiries inform us that the almost unruly crowd were waiting from the early hours of the morning to join a queue to enter the buildings of the higher education institution. The queue or rather a throng of people is composed of old and young people, possibly parents and their university aspirant offspring hoping to register for a higher education programme. The never-ending mass of people is clearly reminiscent of the myriads of eager South Africans that waited patiently in the sweltering heat to cast their votes for the dawn of a new South Africa. The majority of these were black people confident that their dreams of a new dispensation would be fulfilled and they would live a better life in the rainbow nation that was enunciated by a new government in waiting. 18 Feb 2016 Read more

Academics recommend an EXIM Bank for South AfricaAcademics from Regent Business School recommend an EXIM Bank for South Africa. 23 Oct 2015 Read more

Regent Business School professor receives prestigious Alumni Award from the North West UniversityProfessor Anis Karodia, a senior member of the faculty and prolific researcher at Regent Business School, received the prestigious Alumni Award from North West University (NWU). The award was presented to him for his contribution to research and knowledge production at a gala event held at Central Imperial Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg. 19 Oct 2015 Read more

Pray, do say why and how I should do business in AfricaAnis Karodia
Ahmed Shaikh
Dhiru Soni
 13 Oct 2015 Read more

Regent Business School commits to SDGs, encourages others to do same or partner usRegent Business School commits to the Global Sustainable Development Goals and challenges individuals, civics and other private and public sector organisations to do the same or partner us in this worthy global campaign. 6 Oct 2015 Read more

The jury is out for African business schools: In search of a new lodestar to guide business educationParesh Soni
Nadeem Cassim
Guillermina Ritacco
Xolelwa Linganiso
 4 Aug 2015 Read more

Regent Business School and Indoni SA host a youth boot camp for social entrepreneurshipIndoni SA was officially launched in June 2011. Its mission is to fill the gap of addressing social issues with a strategic plan of action. The founder, Dr Nomcebo Mthembu, is assisted by other board members, leadership, staff and volunteers from across the country with various skills in arts, culture, heritage, education, skills, life and business mentorship. Indoni's programmes were established in response to various challenges observed among young people after the liberation of South Africa in 1994, inclusive of leadership and entrepreneurship. 1 Jul 2015 Read more

Regent Business School to launch an entrepreneurship hub and adopts a new campus habitus in anticipationNumerous academic and press articles, coupled with the decline of long-established industries, the global financial crisis, and high rates of unemployment worldwide have combined to play a significant role in an attitudinal change towards a phenomenon that has existed and which has been central to our existence, our psyche, our wealth accumulation, and indeed, our collective survival since time immemorial. The phenomenon is called Entrepreneurship. 8 Jun 2015 Read more

The coming annual Finweek review and the need for a radical makeover of the MBA in South AfricaIt is that time of year when Finweek, a weekly magazine which focuses on business and investment issues, publishes its review of MBA programmes in South Africa. The primary audience is business executives and investors. The annual review has become a compass bearing-point for managers, leaders and executives of finance houses and potential MBA students. 20 May 2015 Read more

Hedge funds and corporate raiders in Africa: Space invaders of the third kindRecently, at a Journal Club meeting, we had occasion to read and critically analyse an excerpt from William Dalrymple's new book, The Anarchy: How a Corporation Replaced the Mughal Empire, 1756-1803. The book apparently is expected to be published next year (company-original-corporate-raiders). While the article provided a critical overview of the brutal British exploitative history in India, it alerted the reader to the fact that it was not the British Government per se that was responsible for 'looting' the riches of India, but a corporate named the "East India Company". This does not in any way suggest that Britain can deny its complicity in the 'raiding' of India. Dalrymple poignantly and eloquently reminds the reader of the 'hurt' that is still felt in India when the 'loot' is displayed in the form of artworks or artifacts in a foreign land that was for all intentions and purposes a 'right royal marauder'. 10 Mar 2015 Read more

Turnkey operations key to empowerment of entrepreneurs and SMMEs in South AfricaThe South African economy is facing some very difficult times, both locally and internationally. This statement distils widespread concerns for the future of the country and all those who live in it. The process of globalisation has unleashed changes that have affected almost every country in the world and the recent financial crisis of 2008 has further exacerbated the situation. 26 Feb 2015 Read more

Private providers can widen access to higher education in South AfricaAn academic revolution has taken place in higher education in the past half century marked by transformations unprecedented in scope and diversity. The academic changes of the past few decades are extensive due to their nature and the number of people they affect. Globally, public higher education is in the throes of a major crisis. For example, one of the most pressing problems of our time is the demand for places in higher education which far outstrips supply of available seats globally. 3 Feb 2015 Read more