The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has, for the thirteenth year in a row, retained its top spot as the leading African and South African provider of business school executive education programmes – according to the prestigious annual UK Financial Times (FT) Executive Education rankings announced today.
Ranked at number 43 globally, GIBS forms part of the top 15% of an estimated 300 leading business schools internationally which vie for a position on the executive education rankings. GIBS is the only African business school ranked in the top 50, just below Cambridge Judge Business School.
In a statement, GIBS said the customised ranking relied on a survey of business schools’ top clients, who were then invited to complete an online survey about the school that nominated them.
For GIBS, clients who participated in the survey comprised not only leading South African corporates but also top multinationals operating across Africa and abroad.
“Business schools were also ranked on several other criteria, including preparation, programme design, teaching methods and materials, faculty diversity, new skills and learning, facilities, as well as women participation.
Director of custom programmes at GIBS Meeta Dullabh said: “In our customer-centric approach, our priority is meeting our clients’ developmental needs. This ranking is an affirmation that the job we set out to do is of a global standard.” GIBS prides itself on providing high quality business and management education against a rapidly changing and competitive business environment.
“To be ranked among the top 50 leading business schools globally, the only school to rank in Africa, for the thirteenth year in a row, is a testament to the quality of education that we offer.”
Dullah said GIBS made a concerted effort to continually improve their programmes and ensure that it delivered quality executive education that had a lasting impact.
“We are very pleased that GIBS has again been recognised as a top-ranked business school for executive education. We believe that this ranking demonstrates that our clients see value in our programmes,” said GIBS dean professor Nicola Kleyn.