Rapid economic change has increased the demand for business professionals who are capable of managing in the global marketplace by responding to critical issues facing industry. Namibia requires both dynamic executives as well as innovative entrepreneurs to help develop the country and employment for its citizens. Thus HP-GSB has been established to provide world-class business education that meets the needs of economy and society in Namibia, SADC and Africa. Funding for the establishment of the school was provided by leading Namibian businessman Mr. Harold Pupkewitz, who pledged N$10 million support over a period of 5 years.
RATIONALE FOR FOUNDATION
Limited numbers of executives with the requisite knowledge, skills, values and attitudes has long been recognised as perhaps the single most important impediment to Namibia’s achievement of economic growth and development. Hence a graduate school of business was identified as essential to address:
- The educational requirements implicit in achieving Namibia’s Vision 2030.
- The quest of the business sector, government and NGO for skilled managers.
- The growth in undergraduate degree-holders seeking further education.
- The numbers of Namibians seeking postgraduate business degrees in or from South Africa.
- The limited availability of accredited quality business education in the SADC region.
Thus HP-GSB began operations in 2008 to provide management education to Namibians and others who previously used to acquire this type of education abroad, mainly in South Africa. Formally inaugurated in mid-2010, HP-GSB is moving progressively towards being a full-fledged graduate business school in the near future.
The Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB) seeks to maximise the institution’s contribution to social, intellectual and economic development of Namibia and SADC.
Thus the vision of the HP-GSB is: Being an innovative Business School Competitive with Africa's Best and Educating Leaders for Namibia's Business Advancement.
In line with this vision, the mission of HP-GSB is:
To promote competiveness by creating leaders and management techniques driving organizational performance through excellent and innovative
(1) Management Education
(2) Research and
HP-GSB embraces the organisational values of:
The HP-GSB also shares and embraces the following institutional values of the Polytechnic of Namibia:
Excellence: We strive for the highest quality in all our programmes, services and activities.
Inventiveness: We recognise innovative and creative thinking, and value the impact of each member of our community.
Inclusiveness: We value the contribution of each community member and subscribe to teamwork, joint responsibility and ownership.
Transparency: We expect responsibility and accountability from each community member and value open decision making processes.
Integrity: We value each member of our community and support honesty, dedication, professionalism and the fair treatment of all.
Over the years the HP-GSB has established several collaborations with institutions regionally and internationally which include:
• Kuehne Logistics University - Hamburg, Germany
• University Of Applied Sciences - Jena, Germany
• University of Free State, South Africa
• Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
• Assumption University, Thailand
These partners offer the Polytechnic their know-how in establishing and administering post-graduate programmes, as well as their specialist skills required to support the courses besides fulfilling the internationalisation requirements of a networked business school.
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