New leadership, a new strategy and a foot on the pedal of its accreditation drive – Wits Business School (WBS) is repositioning itself as a leading African business school. Two and a half years after Professor Maurice Radebe took the helm as Director and Head of School, the School is experiencing a turnaround, as evidenced by its recent accreditation with the Association of African Business Schools (AABS).
For Radebe, a former energy executive, leading the turnaround at WBS was an opportunity for him to give back, not only to WBS, his alma mater, but to society. “When the opportunity arose, I realised this is very much in line with my purpose, which is to develop the next generation of leaders who are ethical, and who have a passion to make a difference.”
If there is one word that defines the new WBS strategic vision, it is ‘impact’. Says Radebe: “At the heart of our strategic vision is to ensure that WBS makes a positive, meaningful difference to the society we serve. It’s no longer about a qualification on a piece of paper. We are here to equip students with a desire to address the challenges we are facing as Africans, and the agility to respond quickly.”