University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
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University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Rated as the best business school in Africa with the best value-for-money MBA in the world, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) is gaining global recognition for its vibrant and pioneering spirit. Although a small school by international standards, it holds a reputation for innovation and excellence. Its full-time MBA is the only one in Africa that is ranked in the Financial Times Top 100 survey, and in 2011 the school was also rated top in Africa by the Eduniversal World Convention and the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) report.


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The UCT GSB is a values-driven program. Through its research and teaching it questions assumptions about markets and development, and practices and cultivates in managers and leaders an ability to draw from a full spectrum of disciplines and cultures in order to take on the challenges they encounter. The GSB has full EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development.

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB) was ranked for the 8th year running in the Financial Times Global Top 100 MBAs in 2012, confirming the school’s global reputation. Ranked at 54, the GSB is still the only business school in Africa to appear in this prestigious ranking. The University of Cape Town GSB is putting South Africa on the map as a destination for quality postgraduate learning. The school has been rated as the best in Africa and the Middle East. The QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, which rates schools from around the world based on MBA employers’ and recruiters’ views, listed UCT GSB at number one.

The University of Cape Town GSB programs are particularly exciting because they emphasize strong ethical values while developing the skills and mindset for doing business in emerging markets.

The GSB’s director Walter Baets celebrated the school’s recent international accolades.

“We recognize that as the old social and business structures are being challenged and broken down, we stand at a unique point in human history with exciting possibilities for individuals and organizations,” he said. “For the GSB, this means that it needs to give leaders at all levels a new set of skills to successfully negotiate this new terrain.”

The uncertainty and rapid change in global markets and technologies is leading to vast changes in the economic, corporate and public landscapes and GSB is preparing students who can navigate these new areas and succeed in them.


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The UCT GSB aims to inspire students to get involved in building new models of business that are sustainable and ethical and to use good business strategy to solve complex social and environmental issues. To that end, the school has established several centers of research to forward its goals and to give students and faculty resources and opportunities to make their mark through their research and learning. These establishments include the Allan Gray Centre for Values Based Leadership, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Old Mutual Research Fellowship program.

The school offers four core academic programs, as well as short courses and programs that can be customized to meet the needs of specific clients. UCT GSB serves the needs of students at all levels of their professional development, and teaches them to become well-rounded members of the international business and development communities.

UCT GSB is an ideal university for international students looking to work in emerging markets. Because they will have first-hand access to those in Africa, and will learn from many professors who are experts in development, they will learn the opportunities, nuances, challenges and ethical dilemmas that arise in this field of business. They will also learn about the issues that are unique to Africa, and will do so in the best possible training ground.

All programs at UCT GSB are designed to foster an understanding of business and leadership in these markets, as well as of the challenges of transforming organizations and the importance of social innovation and entrepreneurship and values-based leadership.

UCT GSB has since 1991 offered an Associate in Management (AIM) degree, which was initially designed to fast track working black South Africans who lacked the formal qualifications they needed to enter and advance in the business world. There is also a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) program here.


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The renowned MBA program is available on a full-time one-year basis, or two-year schedule for those who cannot commit to the full-time track. There is an emphasis on development, entrepreneurship and practical learning in this program. The MBA at the GSB is the only program in Africa ranked in the Financial Times Top 100 Global MBAs. It has earned praise for the international scope of its curriculum, and is distinctive because of its strong connection with the developing business markets in Africa.

The Executive MBA is a unique degree course designed to meet the needs of senior managers, executives, professionals and entrepreneurs who are already competent and successful but aspire to more. It is not merely a more advanced version of the MBA program, but teaches students to think innovatively and analytically when seeking solutions to business challenges.

The Customised Academic Learning unit at UCT GSB integrates the ideas underpinning adult learning, systems thinking and action learning to design and deliver accelerated management development for client organizations.

UCT GSB also offers a Masters in Development Finance that is run in partnership with the Africagrowth Institute. The school recognizes the essential nature of finance in governments, private sector institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and wider emerging markets, and seeks to prepare students for the challenges that lie within those fields.

There is also a Ph.D. program that encourages original research by degree candidates. UCT GSB also offers Executive Education training, which includes

short courses that cater to generalist and professional development needs.

Visit the UCT GSB Facebook page and Twitter feed to stay up-to-date with school news and happenings. Connect with school representatives, students, officials and alumni through Linked In. Also visit the school’s YouTube page for videos of academic and campus life.