Igniting Opportunity - A South African perspective on how to graduate entrepreneurial leaders

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Igniting Opportunity - A South African perspective

Who this event is for

  • Everyone
  • Alumni
  • Public


Kennedy Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Oxford Brookes Business School is delighted to offer this guest lecture by the visiting Dean of TSiBA, an innovative South African business school with a mission and track record of interest to all those seeking a more socially responsible higher education 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.

This guest lecture will introduce the work of TSiBA and its barrier breaking Pay it Forward model of student payment, 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.

Refreshments will be served.


The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) is a unique, not-for-profit business school in South Africa that was set up in 2004. It has an urban campus in Cape Town and a rural campus with a strong sustainability ethos, TSiBA Eden, in the village of Karatara near Knysna. Students are previously disadvantaged South Africans who, due to being under-prepared academically and under-resourced financially, would otherwise be unable to access tertiary (higher) education. Students are not required to pay for their education monetarily, but rather to Pay it Forward by transferring the knowledge, skills and resources they gain at TSiBA into their communities. TSiBA’s completion rate is double the national average for black students and the great majority of TSiBA’s graduates are gainfully employed shortly after graduation (95%). Some graduates go on to successfully set up businesses and social enterprises.

More information about TSiBA at www.tsiba.ac.za