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Igniting Opportunity - Graduating entrepreneurial leaders

12 May 2017


The Oxford Brookes Business School is delighted to host our Dean, Pearl Pugin as a guest lecturer at the university. TSiBA, an innovative South African business school has a mission and track record of interest to all those seeking a more socially responsible business school sector. Pearl Pugin’s career has spanned the private and public sectors, including some 12 years in South African Higher Education and roles at the University of Sweden and Sierra Leone University. As Dean of TSiBA since 2014, her role is to steer the institution’s academic programmes and student experience at a time of ongoing national tensions over inequality, the legacy of apartheid and student fees. Pearl’s own experience of university education as a catalyst of opportunity inspires her work through TSiBA to provide that same opportunity for others.

Pearl will introduce the work of TSiBA and its barrier-breaking Pay it Forward model of student payment and reflect on successes and ongoing challenges and generate an exchange of views on how UK business schools might learn from the TSiBA model. The question and answer session after the lecture will be chaired by Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School.

Pearl Pugin is the Dean at TSiBA. She is responsible for the strategic planning, implementation and delivery of all aspects of TSiBA’s academic programmes. She holds an Honours degree in Labour Law Studies and a Masters in Management. Pearl is currently pursuing a PhD in Strategic Human Resource Management.

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The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) was founded in 2004 with a vision to “Ignite Opportunity”.  Our mission is to be an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change.

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