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Exclusive Video interview with Dr Randall Jonas – the new NMMU Business School director

By Tai Chishakwe and Jesica Slabbert - Jan 18, 2017
Exclusive Video interview with Dr Randall Jonas – the new NMMU Business School director

Early in January, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) announced the appointment of Dr Randall Jonas as the new NMMU Business School Director.

Dr Jonas boasts an elaborate curriculum vitae with more than 35 years’ working experience in both public and private sectors, including many years as Chief Executive Officer of the Eastcape Training Centre (ETC) and Private FET College, where he served industry and commerce in  the development of critical skills.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Western Cape, a Higher Diploma in Education (HDE), a Masters in Sociology (University of Port Elizabeth) and a doctorate specialising in organisational management from NMMU.

Dr Jonas spent 26 years as an educator at Chapman High School, working his way up to headmaster from 1998 until he left the school in 2006. From there he headed the ETC and, in 2012, he started a company Symposia (Pty) as a subsidiary of the ETC Group to commercialise business opportunities such as conferencing, catering, corporate training and motor vehicle repairs.

He has proven leadership and managerial skills and has a commendable record of leading successful turnaround strategies in non-profit organisations and established best practices in corporate governance.

His work in higher education has largely been recognised with numerous awards, including a national one for outstanding leadership in private tertiary education in 2009.

Business Link magazine recently got an exclusive opportunity to sit down with him and chat about a myriad of issues including his vision for the NMMU Business School. Here is some of what he had to say.

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