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TSiBA Dean invited to address UN initiative

29 Jun 2017


Our Dean, Pearl Pugin, is doing us proud after being invited to deliver the commencement address at the prestigious Oxford Brookes University Business School Graduation Ceremony in the UK. Pearl also hosted a public lecture on “Igniting Opportunity: A South African perspective on how to graduate entrepreneurial leaders”.

Pearl has also been honoured with delivering a keynote address at the annual United Nations PRME Conference in Newcastle - which is a collaboration of all UK business schools

This has just been the beginning of Pearl representing TSiBA on our 2017 Sustainability/International Collaboration trip to the UK and Switzerland. These annual trips enable us to connect with old and new friends who have an interest in being a part of transformation in South Africa through entrepreneurship and education.

In her action-packed two-week trip she will partner with the London Business School and establish academic partnerships with various institutions. Pearl will introduce TSiBA’s work and our barrier-breaking Pay it Forward model of student fees payment and by sharing our successes and challenges generate an exchange of views on how UK business schools might learn from the TSiBA model. 

In Switzerland Pearl will investigate additional reciprocal partnership opportunities for TSiBA’s unique work internship programme (final year students’ Independent Project Plan or “IPJ”) and build strong ties with other Swiss academic institutions. Currently, companies like Novartis, a long-time partner of TSiBA, offers internships for international students as well as global companies like Credit Suisse.
Pearl Pugin’s career has spanned the private and public sectors with 12 years in South African Higher Education, the University of Sweden and Sierra Leone University. Pearl steers the institution’s academic programmes and the student experience in the midst of the country’s ongoing tensions over inequality, the legacy of apartheid and the #feesmustfall student protests. Pearl’s journey as TSiBA Dean began in 2014.


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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