MDP graduates reflect on the programme during their graduation ceremony

14th November 2017

Cole Rose

– by Noluthando Makhaza

UKZN Extended Learning (UEL) hosted a graduation ceremony for the Management Development Programme (MDP) delegates, who attended the programme for six months this year, between February and July. The ceremony was held at the Unite Building, Howard College, where over 50 graduands participated, accompanied by their family members, friends and colleagues who filled the room with excitement and awe.

Speakers included Simon Tankard (CEO of UEL), Dr. Mihalis Chasomeris (Graduate School of Business and Leadership), keynote speaker Ebrahim Patel (CEO of Magellan Investment Management) and Sandile Maseko (MDP Graduate).

The following is a direct quote from Sandile Maseko from East Coast Radio, who reflected on the programme in this manner:

“After completing my 3-year Bachelor of Arts Degree I swore to never go back to varsity again. But having done and completed the MDP, with the help of great lecturers and facilitators I certainly do not regret studying again. Through the MDP I have gained broader understanding on concepts such as Financial, Project, Marketing and Strategic Management. With this knowledge I now understand better my current work environment, the business strategy of my organisation and how my role contributes towards fulfilling the vision of the organisation. There is one thing I have been practising after the programme – being a better leader. Not everyone can be a manager but we can all be great leaders in our work environments, at home, and even in our communities. I would like to thank the UEL Staff members for being professional and willing to assist wherever they could, our brilliant facilitators and coaches as well as my former classmates who I have forged strong friendships with. I would like to wish you all the best in your future endeavours”.

Many other delegates echoed Sandile’s thoughts and are excited about what the future holds.

UEL is proud to have received such positive feedback and looks forward to hosting the next MDP starting in February 2018.

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