Check Out The Best Business School In South Africa


The Financial Times has released its Executive Education rankings for 2016, listing the best business schools and customised business courses across the globe.

Executive education refers to non-degree programmes which are either tailor-made for corporate customers (customised) or available to all working managers (open), the FT said.

In South Africa, four business schools were highlighted, with only one ranking within the top 50 in the world – the University of Pretoria’s GIBS institute.

International business school, Duke Corporate Education has operations in South Africa, based in Johannesburg – however, the group is headquartered in the United States.

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The group’s customised course is ranked as the 3rd best in the world.

The ranking doesn’t look at specific courses (such as the MBA) – but rather analyses business schools on a number of criteria, such as overall scholar satisfaction, course diversity and quality of teaching.

In a separate ranking, looking specifically at MBAs, the University of Cape Town’s GSB previously ranked top in the country in 2015.

Overall, there were 85 customised courses assessed and ranked – including 5 operating in South Africa – and there were 75 open courses ranked – including 3 in South Africa.

Taking both rankings into consideration, the FT ranked the top 50 business schools, where UP’s GIBS ranked 43rd overall – the only South African school to feature.

These are the best business schools in South Africa – for both open and customised executive programmes:

Open programmes

2016 2015 School Country
46 48 University of Pretoria, GIBS South Africa
62 57 USB Executive Development South Africa
68 70 Wits Business School South Africa

Customised programmes

2016 2015 School Country
3 3 Duke Corporate Education USA (SA operation)
45 53 University of Pretoria, GIBS South Africa
67 56 University of Cape Town, GSB South Africa
68 73 Wits Business School South Africa
80 73 USB Executive Development South Africa


Source: Business Tech

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