The contribution of business schools often goes unappreciated, not just among the public but also in the academic community, says Rhodes Business School director Owen Skae.Even some universities have misunderstood the role of their schools, he says, because they do not fit neatly into the usual academic format. At Rhodes, he says there is growing acknowledgment of the school’s contribution to the university and the broader community."Business schools have a unique mandate," he says. "They are a bridge between academia and the business environment. They aren’t just theoretical, they actually have to understand business. Many of their students are mature businesspeople, so schools have to know what they are talking about."Rhodes Business School has a particular focus on sustainability in all its forms. That’s why Skae is comfortable with international calls for climate change to become an integral part of all business-related education — whether academic degree programmes like MBAs, o...

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