Do SA business schools need to be continually prodded by education authorities to improve MBA standards, or can they be relied on to do it for themselves? Most schools are still bedding down MBA academic and management changes introduced in 2016. The process has been complicated by the need to run parallel programmes: one for students who began their studies in 2016; the other for those who began earlier. The previous time the local MBA was redesigned was in 2004, when the Council for Higher Education (CHE) stripped 10 schools of the right to offer MBAs and forced the rest to meet new content and teaching criteria. At the time, the council said it hoped to reaccredit every five years, forcing schools to keep raising standards. Lack of capacity stopped it doing so until last year. Helena van Zyl, director of the University of the Free State Business School, hopes the next exercise won’t take 12 years. "If you want your MBAs to be respected internationally, quality updates need to be ...

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