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Virtual Doctoral Orientation at UKZN GSB&L



Virtual Doctoral Orientation at UKZN GSB&L

Virtual Doctoral Orientation at UKZN GSB&L. The Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) organized a comprehensive virtual doctoral orientation programme via Zoom on March 4th.

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Led by Professor Krishna Govender, Head of Doctoral Programmes at GSB&L, the orientation aimed to provide essential guidance to newly enrolled doctoral students. It introduced them to the wide array of services and functions available within the GSB&L and other supportive resources offered by the university.

The GSB&L offers two distinguished doctoral programmes: the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), which enables progression from the Master of Business Administration (MBA), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), which emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to leadership development within organizations.

Professor Govender highlighted the significance of these doctoral programmes, aligning them with the Council on Higher Education doctoral standards to ensure graduates possess attributes commensurate with an NQF10 qualification.

Warm Welcome and Guidance

Professor Ana Martins, the Interim Dean and Head of the GSB&L, extended a warm welcome to the incoming doctoral students. She underscored the importance of the orientation in acquainting students with internal stakeholders, including those from the College of Law and Management Studies, as well as fostering a connection with the broader university community.

Further guidance came from Professor Colette Muller, the College Dean of Research, who encouraged students to actively engage with their research interests and establish collaborative networks beyond their supervisory relationships.

FAQS: Virtual Doctoral Orientation at UKZN GSB&L

Q1: What programs does UKZN GSB&L offer?

Ans: UKZN GSB&L offers doctoral programs including Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Q2:What support services are available for doctoral students?

Ans: Doctoral students at UKZN receive guidance and support from various university departments, including Library Services and Information Communication Services.


The virtual orientation provided an invaluable platform for students to gain insights into their doctoral journey. Testimonials from current students, like Ms. Samantha Naik, an architectural professional and PhD candidate, added depth and practical advice to the orientation

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