NAMIBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

The objectives of Namibia Business School (NBS) are to emphasise the key role that good leadership and management plays in competition, growth and productivity. As such, NBS aspires to be the “Centre of Excellence” in professional management education through its Doctorate in Business Administration, Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Executive Education and International Consultancy programmes.

Programmes at Namibia Business School, enable participants to transform their personal commitment into public leadership. Academic programmes consist of a variety of subjects, concerning the fundamental and topical aspects of business practice. NBS is committed to working in partnership with both public and private sectors with a view to contributing towards capacity building. We believe that well-trained personnel will help to promote good governance and good management in our country.

Namibia Business School (NBS) has been established in response to the needs of the Namibian market. The School started through humble beginnings in 1999, when the University of Namibia (UNAM) entered into a collaboration agreement with Maastricht School of Management (MsM) in The Netherlands, to offer an Executive MBA Programme at UNAM. The programme registered its first 31 students in 2000 - following the success of the 1st cohort, the programme grew exponentially. To date, close to 250 students have graduated through this programme.

First National Bank (FNB) had the vision and commitment to financially support the programme from the outset. This commitment from FNB is ongoing and has translated into FNB being one of the founders of NBS, joined by the Bank of Namibia, NamDeb and the O&L Group of Companies and UNAM.

Namibia Business School was officially launched on 30 October 2008 by H.E. President H. Pohamba, assisted by H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, Founding President and Chancellor of the University of Namibia.

The School’s vision is simple in that “We envisage ourselves as a world-class African institution at the cutting-edge of management education, research, consulting and related services.”

That clear vision informs our mission which is:
• To deliver world-class management education in an African context
• To carry out world-class research from an African perspective
• To provide world-class consulting in Namibia, Africa and beyond

The School is academically an integral part of the University of Namibia and is a department within the Faculty of Economics and Management Science. However, administratively it is an independent body and is registered as a trust (Trust No. T263/05). The School is governed by an esteemed list of Trustees which currently consists of:

Adv. V. Rukoro – Chairperson (FNB); Prof . O. Akinkugbe – Dep. Chairperson (Dean: FEMS – UNAM); Prof. L. Hangula (Vice-Chancellor – UNAM); Ms. I. Zaamwani-Kamwi (NamDeb); Mr. I. Shiimi (Bank of Namibia); Mr. S. Thieme (O&L); Mr. M. Hengari (Managing Trustee).

The Board of Trustees is assisted by a Board of Advisors that consists of eminent persons who are committed to amongst others, actively supporting various activities and initiatives of value to, the School, specifically to enhance the School’s reputation nationally and internationally, to build strong networks and relationships for the School, and assist in the achievement of the School’s development and fundraising goals.

An integral part of the governance framework and support structure for the School is the Friends of NBS and the Namibia Business Alumni. The Friends of NBS is a forum of sponsors and supporters of the School to ensure their access and participation as well as acknowledgement in and within the affairs of the School.

The Namibia Business Alumni is an association of the alumni of the School and is aimed at ensuring the involvement of the affairs of the School and to provide opportunities for mutual support and networking.

The School is set on pursuing strategic partnerships and international accreditations for its programmes as part of its vision to become a world-class African institution. To date, NBS has membership with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Team Namibia, Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Pipeline Member with the Association of African Business Schools (AABS).

For a menu of our Academic, Management Development Programmes as well as Short Training Courses, please visit our website www.nbs.edu.na or e-mail us for more information on Company Specific Programmes (CSP): info@nbs.edu.na. PF