University of Cape Town MBA scores top honours in Africa

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) MBA programme has been ranked as the top business school on the African continent – and among the top in the world.

In October 2015, the programme ranked among the top 40 business schools in the 2015 Corproate Knights Better World MBA Ranking, and more recently placed top in Africa in the Eduniversal World Convention 2015.

Corporate Knights is a media, research and financial information organisation based in Toronto, Canada, and focuses on promoting an economic system with strong social development ties.

The group assesses business schools on three indicators: curriculum, institutes & centres and faculty research.

Thirty percent of the GSB’s final score was derived from the total number of relevant publications authored or co-authored per faculty member.

In the ranking, UCT’s MBA was listed as the 37th best in the world.

Meanwhile, the BSC MBA was voted best in Africa at the Eduniversal World Convention 2015, as determined by more than 1,000 deans and directors from respected business schools across the globe.

The best 1,000 schools from 154 countries participated, and the GSB was ranked as the continent’s top choice out of 74 schools across Africa. Second place was won by the American University in Cairo School of Business, Egypt, followed by the University of Stellenbosch Business School in third place.

“Eduniversal is a peer-rating system and it means a great deal to us to achieve recognition, not only amongs our colleagues on our own continent, but also internationally,” said GSB’s market intelligence and strategy manager Saskia Hickey.

The GSB is one of three business schools in Africa to receive triple-crown accreditation from the AMBA (Association of MBAs); EQUIS (from the European Foundation of Management Education); and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools), the school said.

It is also the only business school on the continent ranked in the Financial Times Full-Time Top 100 for its full-time MBA programme. It’s the 12th consecutive year that the programme has been listed.

In the Financial Times MBA ranking, the GSB was ranked as the 52nd best business school in the world. It was ranked 59th in 2014, and 74th in 2013.

The fees attached to the course total R184,450 ($15,400), with a R15,000 acceptance fee – which ranked as the best value for money out of all 100 institutes on the list.

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