End of year message from the Board

Corridor at GSB

Dear Friends of the GSB Foundation,

As the year 2020 draws to a close, it is time to recap, take a breath and wind down. Undoubtedly, 2020 has been uniquely challenging for everyone – handling work, family and life in general, requiring us to adjust continuously often with little or no time to prepare.

We also emerge from 2020 with a couple of notable developments regarding the GSB Foundation as well as the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB). We want to share these good news with you:

  • The Foundation awarded four MBA full-time scholarships this year. This brings the total to 17 GSB MBA students that the Foundation has had the pleasure to support since the scholarships’ inception in 2017. Read more
  • The Foundation Board was delighted to welcome the new GSB Director Dr Catherine Duggan, who joined the GSB at the beginning of September. Read more
  • The Foundation Board also welcomed two new trustees to the Board of the Foundation: GSB Director Dr Catherine Duggan and Kosta Kontos (MBA 2009/10), current Chairman of the GSB Alumni Board. The board confirmed both members in its meeting in December. Read more
  • The 2020 GSB Alumni Reunion Weekend, held in October, was the first of a virtual kind due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event, organised by GSB Alumni Relations and attended by Alumni from across the world, included masterclasses, workshops and discussions. Watch the video
  • GSB Alumni Relations hosted a series of webinars throughout the year that engaged experts with GSB students and alumni on topics of interest. Access the webinars 
  • The Foundation congratulates the GSB team on these exceptional achievements: as the only African business school, the GSB features in the 2020 Top 100 Financial Times (read); as the first African business school, the GSB won the annual John Molson MBA International Case Competition, also known as the “MBA Olympics” (read); and the GSB won again Africa’s top award for a teaching case study (read). Well done!

We want to take this opportunity to thank our donors and partners. Your generous support of the GSB Foundation helps us to assist students in fulfilling their potential and benefiting from a world-class MBA programme at the GSB.

Last but not least, we thank the GSB academics, staff and students for their outstanding dedication to managing the academic year despite the adverse circumstances.

Best wishes for a happy holiday and a prosperous new year; stay safe and healthy.

On behalf of the GSB Foundation trustees and team,
Linda Fasham
Executive Consultant