In a move that will further the progress of professionalising the Supply Chain profession, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Southern Africa(CIPS SA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University Of Free State (UFS): Business School on 1st March 2012.
The areas of cooperation defined in the MoU include advocacy and lobbying, to enhance the professional status of the supply chain management community within South Africa. The Business School intends to offer CIPS qualifications in due course, thus making the excellent international qualifications in Supply Chain Management offered by CIPS available in the region. These qualifications build to the flagship CIPS qualification, which is at Honours Degree level and leads to the internationally recognised professional designation of MCIPS.
The announcement of this momentous initiative took place at the launch of the new Free State CIPS membership group in Bloemfontein yesterday, where it was welcomed by seventy (70) supply chain management professionals in attendance. The new membership group will provide valuable networking and information sharing opportunities for the procurement community in the Free State.
An international professional body, CIPS Southern Africa represents South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. The organisation, in partnership with various institutions in those countries, works to serve the purchasing and supply profession and to promote good practice.