Posted on May 12, 2020
The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has again been ranked as the top South African and African business school for executive education by the Financial Times in their Executive Education 2020 Ranking. This marks the 17th year in which the school has consistently ranked among the top 50 best executive education providers globally. It is ranked at number 38.
The ranking looks at 80 business schools offering executive education in the form of tailor-made non-degree programmes for corporate customers (customised programmes) and 75 schools offering open-enrolment programmes for leaders. The ranking looks at criteria including:
“We are delighted to be ranked once again by the Financial Times,” GIBS Dean Professor Nicola Kleyn said. “As we seek to continuously evolve to meet our clients’ changing needs, the FT plays a useful role in enabling us to be benchmarked against the world’s best business schools.”
UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe congratulated the school on its achievement. “The University provides across-the-board high-quality teaching and learning that is relevant to the sectors we serve,” he said. “We provide programmes that matter and enable business to navigate the ever-changing and complex environments of our continent and the global economy. Post-COVID-19 a quality business education is going to be even more relevant in creating a new landscape.”
Nishan Pillay, Executive Director: Open Programmes at GIBS, said, “We are operating in a highly contested space and need to constantly innovate and provide transformative world-class programmes to compete with other global business schools. We do not compromise on quality and delegate experience, regardless of the learning methodology. We aim to equip our clients and delegates with the relevant skills and knowledge to enable them to tackle challenges and lead in turbulent and disruptive times.”
GIBS’ ethos is to provide high-quality management and business education in South Africa and across the rest of the continent, and this ranking affirms that ethos. Through its programmes the school aims to develop managers who are resilient, able to lead, and can make the right decisions to take organisations and the country forward.
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