UNISA SBL and CIPS Southern Africa Sign Memorandum of Agreement
The UNISA SBL signed a memorandum of agreement with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Southern Africa (CIPS) on 26 January 2011.
The purpose of the agreement was to identify areas of collaboration and the possibility of establishing a partnership aimed at developing professional Supply Chain Management (SCM) in South and Southern Africa by aligning the South- and Southern African public and public sector (SCM) with international standards and best practices, for the benefit of the (SCM) professionals. Furthermore, as part of the first step in the relationship, CIPS Southern Africa will take the necessary steps for the accreditation of the UNISA SBL’s academic programmes in SCM to meet the CIPS level standards in terms of content, structure and assessment. This strategic alliance is intended to strengthen, diversify and stimulate vibrant academic relations for the mutual benefit of CIPS and UNISA SBL.
The CIPS delegation was represented by the Managing Director of CIPS Southern Africa, Mr Andre Coetzee whereas Prof. David Abdulai, CEO & Executive Director and Mr Ozias Ncube, Supply Chain Analyst and Senior Lecturer represented the UNISA SBL.
Says Andre Coetzee, MD of CIPS, “The partnership with SBL really fulfils our mission to promote, represent and explain the business discipline and good practice of purchasing and supply management as well as assist all
organisations in developing their capability in purchasing and supply management with the right strategies, processes, people and leadership. UNISA SBL is a credible institution and we are pleased to partner with them in this endeavour.”
Prof. Abdulai, Executive Director and CEO of the SBL says, “As a business school, we understand that the environment we function in is constantly changing and that our stakeholders require innovative, relevant and excellent delivery of programmes. We are looking forward to a very fruitful relationship with this world class organisation.”
A first step in the collaboration of the institutions is to arrange a series of master classes, workshops and seminars focusing on enhancing professional SCM in South and Southern Africa.
Says Mr Ozias Ncube, the initiator of the partnership on why the partnership with CIPS was initiated, “CIPS benchmarks best practice in purchasing and supply (procurement) and we are the Business school of choice. We believe it makes sense for both of us to position ourselves to offer cutting edge programmes in programmes in supply chain in general, and procurement in particular by being associated with the custodian of the procurement profession, CIPS.
CIPS is an international organisation, operating in over 150 countries worldwide. CIPS Southern Africa serves the purchasing and supply profession in the region. CIPS Southern Africa serves the specific needs of the procurement and supply chain community in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa. Dedicated to promoting good practice, CIPS provides a wide range of services for the benefit of members and the wider business community. CIPS is acting as a conduit for the benchmark of good practice within the Southern African region; and in doing so, building a stronger understanding of the role and value of procurement as a core business and strategic activity.