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GIBS MBA (Manufacturing Focus)

GIBS MBA (Manufacturing Focus)

The Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) was established in 2018 with a single vision: an industrialised Africa built on world-class manufacturing capabilities. To realise this vision, TWIMS has partnered with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) to offer a suite of academically accredited programmes designed to build manufacturing management capabilities in South Africa and more widely into Africa.

Our apex management qualification is the GIBS MBA (with a focus on manufacturing). This prestigious qualification is delivered exclusively at TWIMS’ state-of-the-art campus in Kloof, Durban. The programme comprises “the best of two worlds”: general management skills development, per the standard, globally accredited, GIBS MBA, blended with manufacturing electives covering Industry 4.0, Green economy, Lean production, and African trade and industrialisation challenges and opportunities. It also includes a manufacturing-focused global module and the completion of a manufacturing focused dissertation.

TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship

TWIMS is acutely aware of the complex operating environment facing South African based manufacturers and acknowledges that many deserving individuals are unable to pursue the GIBS MBA (manufacturing focus) due to financial constraints. In response to this challenge, TWIMS is honoured to be able to offer such individuals the opportunity to apply for the Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship. As a result of a generous endowment from the Toyota South Africa Educational Trust, TWIMS is able to fund up to twenty Manufacturing Ambassador scholarships in 2023. The scholarship covers 50% of tuition, textbooks and residency costs at TWIMS during block-release and exam periods in the PGDip year, and 70% in the MBA year. 70% of the cost of the compulsory global module is also covered. Residency benefits are, however, only for those scholarship recipients who live outside of Durban. The total value of the scholarship is substantial: Up to R333,000 over the two-year MBA period. This means that scholarship recipients will need to fund up to R196,000 of their own studies. The student contribution may be paid by the scholarship recipients directly or by the companies the individuals work for.

TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship

TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarships will only be granted to fully deserving candidates of exceptional talent, and with a demonstrated, deep commitment to African industrialisation. Scholarship recipients will be required to adhere to the highest ethical standards over the duration of their studies and operate as “goodwill” ambassadors of both TWIMS and the GIBS MBA (with a focus on manufacturing). Scholarship recipients will need to sign a scholarship contract indicating their adherence to scholarship rules and associated obligations.

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Further Information

Further information on the MBA (with a focus on manufacturing) and the TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship process can be secured by attending one of the GIBS MBA (with a focus on manufacturing) open evenings hosted monthly at TWIMS. Finally, it is critical to note that up to twenty scholarships will be awarded annually, and that further opportunities to apply for the scholarship will be available for subsequent annual intakes. Applicants who are unsuccessful for the 2023 intake may apply again for the 2024 intake.

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