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CIPS Southern Africa joins hands with the University of Pretoria

CIPS 23 February 2012
CIPS Southern Africa joins hands with the University of Pretoria

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS Southern Afirca) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Pretoria (UP), to further professionalise the Procurement and Supply Chain profession.

‘As the Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, we need to work with universities and other reputable providers to professionalise this profession and position it as a career of choice’ said Carin Stoltz-Urban, Head of Professional Development and Education at CIPS Southern Africa.

We are very pleased about this partnership, as the University of Pretoria has excellent Supply Chain Management qualifications in place’ says Stoltz-Urban.
“Our courses are informed by the latest research, professional knowledge and partners in industry and the profession contribute to programme development
and teaching. Our staffs combine professional practice with teaching and research activity” says Wesley Niemann, Programme manager at the Unit for Supply
Chain Management.

The Unit for Supply Chain Management at the University of Pretoria offers a progressive range of formal and continuing education programmes in supply
chain management. This includes a Bachelor of Commerce (B Com) with an option in Supply Chain Management, a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) Business
Management with an option in Supply Chain Management and various certificate programmes and short courses.

The areas of cooperation include:
• Advocacy and lobbying towards enhancing the professional status of the supply chain management community within South Africa.
• Building on the already excellent quality of SCM qualifications at the UP
• Encouraging students to join CIPS Southern Africa as members and to work towards obtaining MCIPS membership status.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS Southern Afirca) is an international professional body dedicated to serving the Purchasing and Supply
Profession and to promoting good practice.

CIPS provides a wide range of services and qualifications focusing on people development, process development and performance enhancement in the supply
chain arena. The flagship qualification offered by CIPS is at Honours Degree level and leads to the internationally recognised professional designation of MCIPS.

CIPS Southern Africa represents South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique, and is also working with the relevant
institutions in those countries, towards professionalising the procurement profession.

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