The Department of Business Management was privileged to host Prof Arie Buijs, professor emeritus from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, towards the end of last year. He presented two guest lectures on Derived Financial Instruments, a module that forms part of the Honours programme in Financial Analysis. He focused on the use of option strategies to change an investor's exposure to fluctuating share prices and interest rates.
Prof Buijs also presented an online seminar entitled Disputes between citizens and financial institutions: Alternative dispute resolution in the Netherlands. The seminar featured interesting cases that Prof Buijs reviewed as a member of Kifid (Klachteninstituut Financiële Dienstverlening). This organisation, which is comparable to the South African Financial Sector Conduct Authority in some respects, assists consumers and entrepreneurs to file complaints against banks, insurers and other financial service providers.
The Department's affiliation with Prof Buijs and the Utrecht School of Economics spans many years. Several colleagues have been invited to present summer or winter schools at this Dutch university which was founded in 1636. Over the years, Business Management staff also presented guest lectures at the prestigious Nijenrode Business School where Prof Buijs taught Statistics and Quantitative Methods for 39 years.
Although Prof Buijs is particularly passionate about financial and investment management, he also facilitated several exchange opportunities for staff of the Department Business Management and Dutch colleagues specialising in entrepreneurship, marketing, and strategic management. In 2014, Prof Buijs was knighted by King Willem-Alexander for his contribution to business education in the Netherlands.
- Photo: f.l.t.r. Ms Lomari Theart (Head: Investment Management focal area), Prof Arie Buijs, and Prof Christo Boshoff (Chairperson: Department of Business Management)