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Twims welcome new deserving students to study MBA in manufacturing  

Last updated on October 9, 2019

Toy­ota SA Edu­ca­tion­al Trust has donat­ed  R70 mil­lion to help deserv­ing stu­dents to study man­u­fac­tur­ing focused MBA at Toy­ota  Insti­tute for Man­u­fac­tur­ing stud­ies (Twims).

Twims will recruit  up to 10 stu­dents every year to study towards their  Gor­don Insti­tute of Busi­ness Sci­ence (GIBS) Mas­ters of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion.

GIBS is Twims aca­d­e­m­ic part­ner in Gaut­eng.

All  core mod­ules include lean man­u­fac­tur­ing, the green econ­o­my, African trade and indus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and Indus­try 4.0.

Stu­dents will also join an inter­na­tion­al man­u­fac­tur­ing-focused study trip to one of sev­er­al coun­tries, cho­sen to show­case a spe­cif­ic aspect of indus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing. These include Japan, Turkey and Kenya.

It will pro­duce its first grad­u­ates in 2020, the same year it will wel­come the first of the Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ambas­sadors.

Its first intake was in 2019.

Twims was estab­lished in Kloof , Dur­ban with R50 mil­lion in grant fund­ing from the Toy­ota South Africa Edu­ca­tion­al Trust.

The trust receives  its seed fund­ing from the Wes­sels fam­i­ly and Toy­ota Motor Cor­po­ra­tion of Japan.

The trust was estab­lished by the late Dr Albert Wes­sels, the founder of Toy­ota South Africa Motors.

Twims Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Pro­fes­sor Justin Barnes said the pro­gramme for the spon­sor­ship requires recip­i­ents to cham­pi­on the cause of man­u­fac­tur­ing in South Africa, both dur­ing and after they have com­plet­ed their stud­ies.

“To qual­i­fy for the grant, a stu­dent must pass the strict entrance cri­te­ria set by Twims and its aca­d­e­m­ic part­ner,  GIBS in Gaut­eng. Aside from sub­mit­ting their cur­ricu­lum vitae, a moti­va­tion for tak­ing part in the MBA and pass­ing all entrance exams, the appli­cants must also write an essay on man­u­fac­tur­ing in South Africa and their vision for the sec­tor,” said Pro­fes­sor Barnes.

The dona­tion fund up to 90% of the total cost of a student’s stud­ies, their board­ing on cam­pus dur­ing class and exams and their trav­el and expens­es for the inter­na­tion­al learn­ing mod­ule.

The val­ue to each stu­dent is R450 000 over two years, leav­ing only R50 000 for each stu­dent or their employ­er to pay.

“With Toy­ota SA Edu­ca­tion­al Trust  endow­ment we can wel­come more deserv­ing stu­dents onto our pro­gramme. Help deep­en the appre­ci­a­tion for and under­stand­ing of man­u­fac­tur­ing in South Africa,” said Pro­fes­sor Barnes .

He said the endow­ment is one of the largest of its kind in South Africa after the R56 mil­lion, which helped to cre­ate the state-of-the-art Twims Cam­pus and fund the pur­chase of high-tech teach­ing equip­ment.

Despite the seed fund­ing and new endow­ment, Twims is inde­pen­dent from Toy­ota SA Motors and a non-for-prof­it organ­i­sa­tion with aca­d­e­m­ic affil­i­a­tion to GIBS.

Twims chair­man and Toy­ota Europe CEO, Dr. Johan van Zyl said Toy­ota com­mit to South Africa and its future growth.

“We believe that man­u­fac­tur­ing and indus­tri­al­i­sa­tion are para­mount to long-term growth and job cre­ation. We hope to stim­u­late this sec­tor with our con­tri­bu­tion to Twims and its goal of cre­at­ing an indus­tri­al Africa, built on world-class man­u­fac­tur­ing capa­bil­i­ties,” Van Zyl said.

GIBS Dean, Pro­fes­sor Nico­la Kleyn said: “We are proud of our asso­ci­a­tion with Twims and excit­ed about the future con­tri­bu­tion of our man­u­fac­tur­ing-focused grad­u­ates. The large endow­ment by the Toy­ota SA Edu­ca­tion­al Trust will play a major role in grow­ing the impact of this qual­i­fi­ca­tion and no doubt help us to stim­u­late and grow the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

For more infor­ma­tion on the GIBS Man­u­fac­tur­ing MBA or to apply for the Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ambas­sador Schol­ar­ship, please vis­it

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