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 annual UK Financial Times (FT) Executive Education rankings announced today.
GIBS, ranked at number 43, forms part of the top 15% of an estimated 300 leading business schools globally 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.
This global benchmark ranks schools globally by combining the views of open and custom programmes.
The customised ranking relies on a survey of business school’s top clients, who are 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 are 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, to name a few.
“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,” says Meeta Dullabh, GIBS Director for Custom Programmes.
GIBS prides itself as 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,” adds Dullabh.
“We make a concerted effort to continually improve our programmes and ensure we deliver quality executive education that has 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,” concludes Professor Nicola Kleyn, GIBS Dean.