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A Visit from Namibia Business School Brings New Opportunities

Written by Jennifer Kleiner on .

Yvonne M. Yon, assistant director of the Namibia Business School in Windhoek, Namibia is visiting the George Mason University School of Business for six weeks, beginning Tuesday, May 6.yvonne-yon

She will be spending time with both J.P. Auffret, director, Executive Degree Programs, and Roy Hinton, associate dean, Executive Education, to learn how the School of Business promotes its executive education programs and enhances services to students and corporate clients.

The School of Business also will explore the possibility of partnering with the Namibia Business School.

"We have successful partnerships with educational institutions in Asia, particularly Japan and Thailand, Europe and Latin America, but currently we do not have ongoing partnerships in Africa. Yvonne's visit will give us the opportunity to explore such options," said Auffret.

Yon, who has a master's in business administration from Maastricht School of Business (The Netherlands), will give talks to some classes, possibly the Executive EMBA, the MS in Technology Management and the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems.

Yon is currently participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which brings mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree, graduate-level study, leadership development and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. The Pennsylvania State University is hosting Yon and nine other Humphrey fellows for the 2013-14 school year. Her time at George Mason University is a Professional Affiliation part of the program, offering the opportunity to engage in hands-on work with professional counterparts in the United States.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is administered by the Institute of International Education and the primary support for the program comes from the U. S. Department of State.

Yon has spent 24 years in higher education administration—the past seven as the assistant director at Namibia Business School—where she provides management and strategic direction for financial and administrative support services, including marketing, human resources, finance, facilities, IT, health & safety and risk management.

Prior to joining the Namibia Business School, Yon worked for the parent university, The University of Namibia, with responsibility for international programs, liaising with international partner universities and institutions such as London University and Maastricht School of Business.