One of the world’s leading professional marketing bodies, the United Kingdom-based Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) has issued a commendation to the Georgetown-based Business School “for the exceptional performance of its students at the Institute’s July 2017 assessments,” Chief Executive Officer and Principal of the school, James Bovell has told the Stabroek Business. And in a gesture of further recognition of the work of The Business School, Bovell said that the institution has also been upgraded from Study Centre status to include Examination Centre status.
“We’re obviously delighted,” Bovell told Stabroek Business. What this means, in essence, is that we are delivering the curriculum of a prestigious international institution in a manner that properly equips our students to make an impact at their workplaces. It’s a feather in our cap.” According to Bovell, the Business School is the only accredited study and examination centre in Guyana. The School’s new CIM programmes commence on August 13.
Meanwhile, focused, he says, on providing curriculum choices that cater to “the developmental thrust of the country and the consequential training needs of students”, the Business School is, in the period ahead, aiming even more deliberately at enhancing “the business dimension” of its courses, according to Bovell. “We exist to help build a local base of skilled men and women to respond to the priorities of the country. We understand that those may evolve from time to time. At the moment there is a clear business focus that derives chiefly though not exclusively from the advent of oil and gas. The Business School wants to support that thrust,” Bovell told Stabroek Business.
Bovell says that working with its overseas partners in education delivery the Business School is preparing to launch new programmes accredited by the US-based Association of Business Executives (ABE) the American Management Association (AMA), CIM and the American Academy of Project Management. (AAPM).
Meanwhile, Bovell told Stabroek Business that in response to reviews received from students and employers, the Business School had been working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its American Management Association (AMA) programmes. Asserting that the Business School “is driven by the assessments of its students and their employers” Bovell said that he had been encouraged by the feedback received to the Business School’s responses.
According to Bovell a number of students continue to enroll for and complete courses in Professional Administra-tion, Financial Accounting, General Management, and Human Resource Management, courses which he said offered content that could raise skills and efficiency levels in key areas among employees in both the public and private sectors. He said that those were the course areas in which the Business School looked forward to continuing to make a contribution to skills development in both the public and private sectors. The new AMA programmes start 23rd July.
Meanwhile, Bovell told Stabroek Business that The Business School is scheduled to commence courses designed by the AAPM later this month. He said that the tuition being offered through the AAPM courses provide students with the opportunity to become certified as Master Project Managers (MPM’s) or Certified International Project Managers (CIPM’s) based on their work experience and examination grades.