"We are, as an organisation, philosophically close to business and this is enacted in everything we do."
— Professor Nicola Kleyn, GIBS Dean

Welcome to the Gordon Institute of Business Science

The University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is a leading business school in the heart of Illovo, Johannesburg, close to the Sandton business hub. We offer academic programmes as well as a wide range of executive courses which can be custom-designed to suit specific company needs. GIBS is a faculty of the University of Pretoria.

Our core focus as a School is equipping general managers to start and run successful organisations in our African context. We believe the ability to lead and manage complex organisations in the volatile environment we face at this time is a key driver of African prosperity and growth. Over the years we have consistently focused on ensuring that any management education experience at GIBS, on any programme, be it a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree or a customised in-company programme, effects positive behavioural change through the acquisition of knowledge and changing mind sets. Impact is core to how GIBS programmes are designed, delivered and assessed, and students are equipped to take up the reins of leadership to successfully propel business forward in the context of a dynamic and changing world environment. We pride ourselves on producing leaders who can proactively manage cross-functional teams, who understand diversity, who appreciate the societal impact of business and who engender a sustainable approach. These leaders are agile, inclusive and global in their thinking and attitudes; but their roots are firmly in Africa.

Anchored in this core philosophy, the business school's authentic learning approach has yielded dividends within a relatively short period of time, garnering global recognition from organisations like the UK Financial Times, which since 2003, has ranked GIBS among the Financial Times' top 50 business schools for Executive Education Open and Custom Programmes. Our GIBS MBA is ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings.

We work with more than 6 000 executives, managers and scholars every year across multiple countries. From our world-class campus situated in the heart of Johannesburg, one of the greatest African cities, to our internationally-orientated faculty and associates, as well as our varied participant-centred learning methodologies, we aim to offer students a transformative learning experience. We promise that you will walk away from a GIBS programme a more educated, well-rounded and effective leader than when you first arrived.

As an organisation which strives for action, impact and effectiveness, it's significant that GIBS focuses less on marketing campaigns and bold promises than it does on consistently meeting – and exceeding – expectations as we strengthen our efforts to be the leading business school, not only in South Africa, but on the continent. That's the essence of this dynamic business school: Being in the driving seat. Taking opportunities. Fulfilling the needs of society by moulding the leaders of tomorrow. Remembering the past, but always looking forward.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus.

For further information please visit: www.GIBS.co.za

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