Relevance; flexibility; tailored solutions; and flexible funding. A handful of the reasons why Milpark Business School offers the number one MBA in the higher education private sector as ranked by PMR.africa in its latest survey on Accredited Business Schools offering this degree in South Africa.
Ranking second overall and first in the private sector in the PMR.africa survey, Milpark Business School scooped a PMR Golden Arrow Award for ranking second overall amongst all the business schools offering MBA in South Africa.
PMR.africa conducts a national survey on an annual basis of accredited public and private business schools offering MBA and MBL degrees in South Africa. Employers rated MBA graduates and students in their workplace on, among other things, academic knowledge, entrepreneurial skills, ethical business conduct, strategic management, leadership skills and operational management.
Dr Cobus Oosthuizen, Dean of Milpark Business School, says “The majority of employers still regard the MBA as a high-value degree and are eager to hire MBA graduates.”
Dr Oosthuizen further elaborates, “Our Distance Learning Online (DLO) MBA students experience constant learning and support, possibly exceeding that of classroom-learning students, no matter how remotely they might be situated. This kind of support ensures their 9-to-5 work lives are not interrupted and they remain an asset in their workspace. It’s our understanding of the daily challenges our MBA students face that has allowed us to develop new ways of learning that remove the barriers of traffic, location and low engagement.”
Challenging the norm and doing things differently, Milpark Education launched its Distance Learning Online (DLO) MBA in January 2016, making it the first institution of higher learning in South Africa to do so, and further securing its position as a leader in DLO. The DLO MBA guarantees high engagement and has been especially developed to meet the demands of daily life, offering flexible funding and peer-to-peer learning.
Milpark offers the first distance-learning MBA in the country with online synchronous and asynchronous contact for interactive support and one lecturer per cohort of 25 students to curate the learning journey effortlessly and seamlessly.
With the addition of DLO to its delivery, Milpark Education has provided students with the choice of classroom based-learning, or a quality interactive learning experience which is flexible enough for students to study at their own convenience, in a manner that is best for them, independently of place and time. Multiple instances of assessment will ensure student progress.
Speaking at the DLO launch recently, Arthur Goldstuck, founder of World Wide Worx, noted that usage of the internet was growing rapidly and predicted that by the year 2020 in South Africa, of the 24.6m internet users, 18.5m would be involved in the digital economy. He further observed that “Everyone is connected, every teacher has access to every tool, and every student has access to all information. Yet, much of our education is still based on nineteenth-century systems, styles and philosophies.” He praised Milpark Education for introducing initiatives that use digital tools to enhance learning.
“This is a vision Milpark is embracing with its approach to Distance Learning Online. Technology is an enabler for learning and we need initiatives to use digital tools and resources to enhance the role of the teacher, rather than replace it. We are currently one of the few pioneers introducing digital tools to create a better learning experience,” says Dr Oosthuizen.
The benefits of completing an MBA through Milpark are not limited to Online only. Selecting the contact learning option for the MBA offers students the face-to-face interaction and immediacy some students prefer.
With both Distance Learning Online or Contact Learning options, Milpark offers the MBA in a flexible manner while exposing students to the same subject areas and learning outcomes. The decision of which delivery mode to register for depends on the student’s lifestyle demands.
Dr Oosthuizen concludes: “We offer a practical, multi-disciplinary MBA programme to enhance the potential of present and future business leaders. Our graduates are known to excel in the marketplace and this reflects positively on the status and credibility of our institution.”