Program Opportunities

Two Cutting-edge Programmes in African Philanthropy

Wits Business School’s Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) are proud to offer two new academic programmes which focus on African Philanthropy, social investment and resource mobilisation.

These are the first of their kind on the continent of Africa. The first ever Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Philanthropy and Resource Mobilisation was launched in June 2021 and the first Master’s programme kicks off in January 2022.

Course Description

The Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at Wits Business School aims to build the skills of future leaders in philanthropy and related fields. This programme is designed for students or professionals seeking specialisation.

Course Basics

  • Duration: One year, modular format
  • Qualifications: Postgraduate
  • Programme structure: 1 year
  • Study mode: Online
  • Academic category: Specialist degree
  • Elective course streams: Philanthropy and Fundraising in African Educational Institutions, Philanthropic Foundations, Innovations in Philanthropy, Philanthropy and Public Policy

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree (NQF 7). Non-degreed individuals with working experience will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Working experience an advantage but not a requirement.
  • A level of competence in Maths and English equivalent to the SA NSC level.
  • Candidates may be required to undergo the WBS admission test.

Application Process

  • Only online applications are accepted. Click on top right-hand corner on the Wits website: Online Applications.
  • Download the Management-Part-3-Word-Format.doc
  • Please ensure that all information is correct and that you have uploaded everything on the checklist (refer to brochure).
  • Should your application be successful an amount of R15 000 will be payable on acceptance. This amount is non-refundable and will be offset against the registration fee payable in your first year.

Contact Details

0861 000 927 (WBS) 0R

The 2021 EFMD Case Writing Competition is OPEN!


Innovation and creativity

With the support of the Case Centre and our category sponsors, the case writing competition encourages innovative and impactful case writing and teaching. Take part in this yearly case writing competition, organized since 1988.

Join a learning community

You get a chance to be assessed by an international judging panel, who reviews more than 400 cases every year; have an impact on teaching management development and join a community of outstanding innovators.

Impact on management development

Through seventeen categories representing critical managerial areas, you can contribute to management development and some of its future challenges.

Evaluation criteria

  1. Content: The ability to create a strong and interesting learning experience
  2. Form: A good balance between a well-told story and sufficient data 
  3. The teaching notes: Accompanying each submission to enhance the learner’s experience
  4. Innovation: Ideas should improve teaching and student engagement


  • SHOWCASEBe published by the Case Centre and gain wide visibility across the EFMD network
  • AWARDGet a chance to be awarded with €2000, applicable to all the winning cases
  • INSPIREImpact students of management institutions across the globe and practitioners seeking innovations
  • SHAREEngage with incumbent organisations in discussing strategic business solutions


June 2021: Submission Open
31 October: Deadline for Case Submission
April 2022: Winners Announcement

Submissions Categories


African Business Cases

Cases on an African company or a multinational company operating on the African continent in any of the business disciplines, including strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, OB&HR, supply chain, finance, etc. It must deal with critical challenges, issues, or decisions that students can analyze using theories, frameworks, and analytical methods and tools.


Bringing Technology to Market

This category welcomes cases featuring current and future challenges of industrial companies in global B2B markets and their strategies to remain competitive. Cases can focus on industrial companies

  • introducing digital-based solutions
  • going global
  • implementing innovative business models
  • sustaining a quality leadership position
  • fighting low-cost competition


Continuous Improvement: The Journey to Excellence

Continuous Improvement emphasizes the need to create a culture of progress among companies, permanent change in search of competitiveness, and excellence to improve the business over time. Cases should focus on specific projects leading toward greater efficiency, productivity and the creation of value for clients, which eventually become part of the company’s philosophy.


Corporate Social Responsibility

Cases addressing innovative ways companies manage the demands for socially and environmentally circular business practices. Circular context introduces complexity but permits to identify practices in relation to important challenges to promote responsible business. Cases can come from any disciplinary perspective (operations, strategy, finance, etc.).



Entrepreneurial processes are present in large organizations as well as in public and social sectors. Cases which address entrepreneurship within these broad sectors are invited.


Family Business

This category welcomes case studies featuring inter-disciplinary coverage of family business entrepreneurship related issues. Scholars and other research practitioners are invited to submit case studies addressing various themes: strategy development of a new start-up; family business serial entrepreneurship and many more.


Finance and Banking

Cases submitted for this category should have a clear link to business situations occurring in the sector of Finance and Banking.


Hidden Champions

“Hidden champions” are large medium-sized companies which hold a leading international market position but aren’t well known to the general public. Cases focus on the challenges of hidden champions to support them in even better mastering their jobs. Topics include international growth strategies, innovation, digital transformation, marketing and sales management, leadership, and corporate culture.


Inclusive Business Models

Cases embracing inclusive business models, i.e. commercially viable models that include the poor on the demand side as clients and customers, and on the supply side as employees, producers and business owners at various points in the value chain. These firm-level case studies will provide insights into the effects inclusive business models have on communities, environment and profitability.


Latin American Business Cases

Cases describing business development in Latin America, which can feature all types of disciplines of the Business Administration (Strategy, Foresight, Innovation, Marketing, Internationalization, Human Resources, etc.) and cover challenges related to internalization of the regional companies and many more.


MENA Business Cases

The MENA Business Cases category focuses on the MENA region, which is experiencing fast development, and whose prospects are promising. Contribute to business cases in the MENA region and stimulate the development of teaching materials related to the main issues characterizing the region.


Responsible Business

This mainly include cases that address corporate governance, financial reporting and auditing, integrated reporting, anti-corruption, business ethics, social marketing, gender equality, corporate sustainability, and responsible business education and practices.

This track is believed to add knowledge to different stakeholders about the area of responsible business highlighting its extreme importance. 


Responsible Leadership

Responsible leaders demonstrate through example their commitment to leading with integrity and to values-driven decision making that considers interests of shareholders, employees, clients, the environment, and the community. Cases are welcome which address the challenges leaders face engaging diverse stakeholders in the creation of economic and social value.


Women in Business

Case studies featuring women protagonists in the business environment and focusing on the challenges and issues faced by women in business; how women either overcame these to find growth and success, or lessons drawn from having been inhibited by them. The cases can address a variety of topics and situations, such as women as leaders and entrepreneurs, gender equality, changing workplace dynamics and how to tap into visible or invisible opportunities.

FOSTERING Belonging™ in Business Schools

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs aren’t working for a surprising reason.

In collaboration with EPC Learning Labs, GBSN is pleased to offer a FOSTERing Belonging™ a customizable program to member institutions. This custom program is designed to help business school administrators be better leaders and educators.

Research, out of the Wharton School of Business (1), shows that despite the almost $8 billion invested in DEI programs each year, this training falls short of changing behaviors and has a negligible positive effect on organizations. 

A newly published study offers a clue about what is missing: belonging.

Belonging is different from—and perhaps more important than—inclusion. When employees feel they don’t belong, they experience inauthenticity, sadness, and anger. Research suggests efforts to improve organizational DEI will inevitably fail if employees don’t come to the table, or leave from it, with a sense of belonging. Other research supports this conclusion, too, reporting that when organizations do foster a culture of belonging, every aspect of organization performance skyrockets (see graphic).

What’s more, those employees who harbored a genuine sense of belonging reaped even greater individual accomplishments: doubling the rate of raises and breaking through promotion ceilings far more easily. Belonging is not only the nucleus of true organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion; it is also a cornerstone of individual and organizational success and advancement for everyone. 

Fostering belonging matters in the classroom as well as the conference room.

So, what’s the difference between Inclusion and Belonging?

The Society for Human Resources Management defines inclusion as “the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.” Let’s face it: inclusion is an administrative policy enacted by organizational leaders, and it’s also only part of the answer to a complex organizational—and human—challenge.

Belonging is completely different.

The desire to belong stems from our innate human need for self-esteem and acceptance as part of a supportive group. Even with the most inclusive set of organizational policies in place, employees may not feel like they truly belong. As a result, performance flounders, employees suffer negative health consequences, and turnover soars, especially among underrepresented groups.

Workplace belonging originates in the way people are treated—day in and day out—especially in meetings, where employees typically spend more than half their time. But few leaders and colleagues understand how to generate consistent feelings of belonging during these meetings. All too often, people unwittingly trigger the exact opposite sentiment—alienation and loneliness—especially for those from underrepresented groups. When team cohesion fragments, organizational performance suffers. This is where EPC Learning Labs comes in.

Why does the failure of typical DEI programs matter to business schools?


business schools themselves need to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive if they are to lead in this area.


business schools want to generate a bigger impact from the DEI programs they offer to students and organizations.

That is why GBSN is partnering with EPC Learning Labs to offer this transformative program for business schools worldwide.

How can you create feelings of belonging…across your institution?

FOSTERing Belonging™ is a unique program that helps participants, especially leaders, spark feelings of belonging for everyone. The content comprises two parts and is delivered in an unparalleled learning process (see below).

The first draws on brain science to introduce a framework describing three modes of thinking. This framework provides surprising insights about when and how individuals experience “threat” responses. These responses trigger sets of biases, decisions, and behaviors that lead to alienation and loneliness.

Building on these modes of thinking, the second part of the program introduces FOSTER, a set of five strategic principles that, if followed, can generate genuine feelings of belonging and inclusion in meetings. These principles gain traction with specific processes and facilitation techniques and methods designed to transform every meeting into a high-performance, culture-building opportunity. Mastery of this content ensures that all meeting participants feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. 


2-Hour Virtual Training Sessions


Fortnightly EPC sessions to develop microlearning communities


Final meeting to assess mastery and celebrate meaningful change

Gather Colleagues and Bring a FOSTERing Belonging™ program to your Institution.

EPC Learning Labs’ program approach delivers a key ingredient missing in most DEI initiatives. It also transforms individual and team performance while helping to create the organizational culture that most leaders, managers, and employees are desperate to establish.

Learn more:

Customized for your institution

This program is designed to be customized and delivered to one institution at a time.

It is not an open enrollment program.


For optimal results, program cohorts must be between 15 and 30 participants.

Virtual Format

All programs are delivered in a virtual format and specially structured and delivered to avoid “Zoom” fatigue.

Meet the Expert

Jackson Nickerson

Executive Vice President and Chief Social Scientist, EPC Learning Labs

Jackson Nickerson has a long and distinguished career teaching, researching, consulting, administering, and entrepreneuring (see Wikipedia here). Starting out as an assistant professor in 1996, he became the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at Olin Business School, Washington University.  Jackson was a co-creator of Critical Thinking@Olin, which won the inaugural MBA Innovator’s Award from the MBA Roundtable.  With AACSB he created Leading in the Academic Enterprise, a series of leadership development seminars for administrators from assistant deans to provosts.

As the Associate Dean and Director of Brookings Executive Education from 2009 to 2017, he led many innovations including one of the first Executive Master of Science in Leadership degrees in the nation, doubled executive enrollment, and increased revenue by 75%. He was the first ever senior fellow at the Grameen Foundation.  He is a Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at Insper in Sao Paulo and a frequent collaborator with Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Post Graduate School. His research spans organization and strategy topics best described as strategic leadership. A consultant for scores of companies and government agencies, he advises on strategy development, inclusion and diversity, and processes to ensure that leaders solve the right problem the first time. Jackson is the chief social scientist for EPC Learning Labs LLC.

Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy, an M.B.A., and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, all from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Before entering academia, he was a control systems engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Interested in bringing the FOSTERing Belonging™ Program to Your Institution?

Connect with us to learn more about how you can help your institution master FOSTERing Belonging™.

MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program

The MIT Sloan School of Management is offering a special tuition rate to students currently studying at or alumni of GBSN member schools to its Visiting Fellows Program.

The MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program is a non-degree, customized course of study for individuals who wish to focus on specific topics in management. It is a great opportunity for students looking for an exchange-type experience, earning credits towards their home school degree.  It is also a unique option for executives, government or NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, and others looking for an “academic sabbatical” to drive career goals forward.

In this period of uncertainty, MIT understands you may be adjusting your plans when it comes to investing in your education. 


The MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program, is a customized, non-degree course of study providing the freedom to explore all that MIT Sloan has to offer. This is an open invitation for all ambitious, innovative applicants from the GBSN school members (current students and alumni) to join the fall 2021 at a special partners tuition rate.

This fall provides an exceptional moment in time to come to MIT to explore cutting-edge insights on the knowledge, tools, skills, and strategies required for organizations and humans to recover and thrive in a post-pandemic world. 

2021 is the perfect time to join MIT to learn cutting-edge insights, develop new skills, and explore innovative strategies to help you and your organization recover and thrive in our rapidly changing, post-pandemic world. Plug in to the MIT and Kendall Square ecosystem to:

  • Recharge and re-engage;
  • Expand your professional knowledge and leadership skills;
  • Energize your network by connecting with industry leaders, global innovators, and world-renowned faculty. 

Unlike a traditional degree program, there are no course requirements –– Visiting Fellows may pursue their professional goals and interests at MIT Sloan, across MIT, and at Harvard University. Upon completion of the program, Visiting Fellows receive a certificate from MIT Sloan and alumni affiliate status.

Students and professionals ready to engage with MIT’s vibrant and inspiring community can find more information and apply at

Program Details

The MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program is a non-degree, customized course of study for individuals who wish to focus on specific topics in management. Upon completion of the program, each Visiting Fellow receives a certificate from MIT Sloan.Unlike a traditional degree program, there are no course requirements. Visiting Fellows come to MIT Sloan with the freedom to pursue their academic and professional goals. Those goals may be to develop skills in global entrepreneurship, to broaden their understanding of strategic innovation, or to explore international finance and capital markets. As a Visiting Fellow, you are free to explore what MIT Sloan has to offer.

Visiting Fellows take MIT Sloan courses with world-renowned faculty; collaborate, study, and network with other MIT students; and participate in student clubs, conferences, and special seminars. In addition, Visiting Fellows have access to a wealth of cultural, social, and recreational activities, both on campus and in Cambridge and Boston. Visiting Fellows enroll as full-time students for either one or two semesters. In consultation with an MIT Sloan faculty advisor, Visiting Fellows choose courses to meet their academic and professional goals.

In addition, Visiting Fellows may also participate in an independent study with a faculty member on a specific topic of their interest. They may take courses throughout MIT and enjoy cross-registration privileges at Harvard University. Visiting Fellows take between 36 and 54 credit units, or about four to six courses, per semester.

Admissions Criteria

Enrollment in the Visiting Fellows Program does not imply subsequent admission into an MIT degree program. Visiting Fellows typically have one or more university degrees and several years of work experience before they apply to the program. However, outstanding undergraduate students may apply. Visiting Fellows who successfully complete their course of study will receive a program certificate from MIT Sloan.

The Visiting Fellows brings together cohorts from various backgrounds and walks of life. We take great care to make sure that students are prepared for the high level of academic rigor experienced in the Sloan classroom and are capable of keeping up with other Sloan students.

To be eligible for the GBSN tuition rate you must be currently enrolled at a GBSN member school or be an alumni of a GBSN member school. 

There are two key steps to the admissions process:

  1. Application Review

    The admissions committee reviews your application materials. Should your application be recommended for admission, the committee will submit your application to faculty advisors who are experts in your areas of interest. Acceptance by an Advisor: Faculty advisors review applications recommended by the committee and make the final decisions on admission to the Visiting Fellows Program. As stewards of your academic experience at Sloan, faculty advisors will recommend courses as well as extracurricular academic activities such as seminars and conferences that correspond with your area of study.

  2. Acceptance by an Advisor

    Faculty advisors review applications recommended by the committee and make the final decisions on admission to the Visiting Fellows Program. As stewards of your academic experience at Sloan, faculty advisors will recommend courses as well as extracurricular academic activities such as seminars and conferences that correspond with your area of study.

GBSN members should indicate GBSN as source of information during the application process. GBSN members can indicate this under the field â€śhow did you learn about the program.” 

Application Materials

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • Application form
  • Official academic transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation
  • RĂ©sumĂ© or CV
  • Statement of purpose and study objectives
  • English Proficiency Test for
  • International Applicants, with a minimum Test of English as a
  • Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 95, and minimum
  • International Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5.

English Proficiency: If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate proficiency by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the test provided by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Candidates who have attended an academic program conducted in English for one year may request a TOEFL waiver. If you qualify for this waiver, please email before you submit your application.

Due to test center closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may apply without the English as a Second Language score.

Please contact MIT via to have your application fee waived.

We understand you may have questions about this opportunity and whether the MIT Visiting Fellows program is the right fit for you. Below are additional resources to help you learn more:

Email and the MIT team will promptly respond to your questions.

Schedule a one-on-one call with an Admissions Representative. Sign up for a time by clicking the button below.

Due to test center closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may apply without the English as a Second Language score.

Please contact MIT via to have your application fee waived.

We understand you may have questions about this opportunity and whether the MIT Visiting Fellows program is the right fit for you. Below are additional resources to help you learn more:

Email visitingfellows.mitsloan@mit.eduand the MIT team will promptly respond to your questions.

Deadlines & Decision Schedule

The Admissions Committee carefully reviews the application of each individual and will notify applicants of their decision by the deadlines listed below. Interview invitations will be extended up until the final decision date. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via email.


As part of the admission process, interviews are by invitation only and do not guarantee admission. Candidates will be invited by email to interview up until the notification date. Interviews are conducted via Skype. 

Applicant Profile

Who may apply to MIT Sloan’s Visiting Fellows Program:

  • Professionals with a minimum of five years of professional experience, or a mix of academic and professional experience.
  • MBA students enrolled in one of MIT Sloan’s international collaborative universities.  These students attend the Visiting Fellows Program for one semester to attain academic goals via a specific set of courses focusing on finance, leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, or other concentrations specific to their needs.
  • Exceptional undergraduate students with a proven academic record

Key Attributes

The Visiting Fellows Program is an opportunity for you to build your skills, expand your global leadership network, and define your place in the world. The following are a few attributes that we would like to see in candidates:

  • Work in a global environment or demonstrated commitment to a global perspective.
  • Pushing boundaries and tackling challenges others might think too difficult to achieve.
  • An undergraduate degree (or currently pursuing a masters’ or PhD) or at least five years of professional work experience, or an appropriate mix of both.
  • Commitment to a full semester immersion at MIT Sloan, actively engaging with students from other programs.
  • Capability and interest to master a rigorous curriculum.
  • Effective English communication, both oral and written. Candidates who have attended an academic program conducted in English for one year may request a TOEFL waiver.

Course Registration

MIT Sloan Visiting Fellow students may register between 36 – 54 units, which is usually 4 –  6 courses during your semester. MIT Sloan manages class enrollments by having students “bid” for courses. Bidding allows students to rank their top choices, and indicate how much they want a particular class over another.

The course bidding is broken up into Round I, Round II, Add/Drop, and Waitlist. The mechanics of bidding for courses are the following:

  • Every student receives 1000 points to spend, and the minimum bid is 1 point, and maximum bid is 1000 points.
  • Students should bid more points on courses you have higher desire to enroll.
  • You will be allowed to modify your bids and enrollment throughout an open round.
  • All bids are resolved at the end of each round.
  • The Add/Drop Round is the only time-sensitive round.
  • As a non-degree student, Visiting Fellows don’t have priority to bid for courses; you will only be allowed to bid in Round II, during the Add/Drop period and add your name to the Waitlist.
  • Round I is reserved for degree seeking students who may require registration in core courses. This may result in a limited availability in course selection.
  • When bidding for courses, you will be able to note the number of seats filled vs. capacity for that particular class.
  • There are typically more entrepreneurship and innovation courses available during the spring term.

Certification and Course Credits

All students who successfully complete the program are issued a certificate from MIT Sloan at the end of the program. If you are a current degree student at another school, upon successful completion of the Visiting Fellows Program, MIT Sloan will issue a certified transcript for your school.



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Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance Financial Leaders of Tomorrow Program Scholarships

The PBC School of Finance at Tsinghua University (Tsinghua PBCSF) welcomes you to enjoy 2 weeks of study and fun at the leading university in China, and make some great memories and friends in the process!

The Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance is offering two scholarships to students attending GBSN Member Schools. A grant will cover the full program tuition.

The scholarship application deadline is closed.

General Information

The two-week Tsinghua PBCSF Summer Program, in its sixth year, will continue to offer financial lectures for the attendees to comprehensively understand China’s financial markets. You will also have the opportunity to explore the nation’s capital and attend various cultural events.

As a world-leading teaching and research institution, Tsinghua University has long been dedicated to introduce the breadth and wonder of China’s culture to the world, and promoting exchanges between young people from the East and West. Constantly ranked as the top university in China, Tsinghua University enjoys a prestigious history of excellence that very few other Chinese universities even come close to.

The PBC School of Finance, the 17th school of the illustrious and time-honored university, was founded in March of 2012. The establishment of the School represents the culmination of the collaboration between the People’s Bank of China (China’s central bank) and Tsinghua University.

The School’s predecessor was the Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China, established in 1981 by the central bank. The Graduate School distinguished itself from other institutions by producing graduates who have played major roles in the crafting of China’s economic and financial policies and are taking leadership positions in the Chinese financial industry.

Combining the educational strengths of Tsinghua University and the Graduate School of PBC, the new school is committed to building itself into a world-class financial institute, cultivating professional talents across financial sectors, and providing substantive policy advice to government agencies and institutions.

Academic Program

A typical day in the Tsinghua PBCSF Summer Program consists of lectures from 9:00 to 11:30am, and corporate visits or cultural events from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. One day is preserved for sightseeing in the capital city of Beijing.



Presently a college junior, senior, or a master’s degree student majored in Finance, Economics or related subjects.


The program is delivered in English. While there is no strict requirement for English proficiency under the program, the attendees are expected to have good writing and conversational skills in English.


To apply for the GBSN scholarship, email all required application documents to

  1. CV/Résumé
  2. Application essay (within 600 words, stating your motive, interest and background, etc.)
  3. Scanned copy of valid passport (photo page)
  4. Scanned copy of a current student ID
  5. University transcript

Contact Information