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Prof Theuns Pelser - MBA for the manufacturing sector

Updated: Feb 17

Manufacturing remains a cornerstone of economic growth and development, particularly in South Africa and the broader African continent. The industry not only supports economic stability but also offers a plethora of career opportunities. As technology advances and global markets evolve, the demand for skilled professionals in manufacturing grows. This demand spans various roles, from operations management and logistics to advanced manufacturing technologies and sustainable practices.

GIBS Manufacturing Focus MBA class of 2024 at the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies

Moreover, manufacturing is a dynamic field that requires a blend of technical know-how and strategic management thinking. This is where a specialised education, like a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on manufacturing, becomes invaluable. The GIBS MBA in Manufacturing, in collaboration with the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS), exemplifies this blend.


As a tuition centre of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), TWIMS offers the GIBS MBA (manufacturing specialisation), with courses taught on an extended block release programme by GIBS faculty.


This programme, which spans 23 months of part-time study, is designed to deepen understanding of business fundamentals within the manufacturing context. It covers diverse electives like future manufacturing, green manufacturing, and lean supply chain management. The degree also includes a global manufacturing module for international exposure.


This MBA programme is unique as it’s tailored specifically for the manufacturing sector, aiming to nurture advanced management capabilities. It’s suitable for managers seeking a deeper understanding of the manufacturing industry and those aspiring to lead and transform organisations for sustainable success. The programme is backed by GIBS’s reputation as a global top business school, ensuring the content is relevant and contemporary.


The GIBS MBA in Manufacturing presents an excellent opportunity for individuals aspiring to impact the manufacturing industry significantly. The programme equips students with the necessary skills to excel in this field and prepares them to be leaders capable of driving change and innovation.


The manufacturing-focused MBA is intended to support the growth and development of manufacturing on the African continent by nurturing the development of advanced management capabilities.


To learn more about this unique programme and the opportunities it offers, visit


This could be your stepping stone to a rewarding career in the dynamic world of manufacturing.


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