MBA. (UCT) (GSB)
2013 has seen the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB) gaining a commanding position in the South African education landscape. In January 2013 the full-time MBA was ranked for the 9th time in the prestigious Financial Times global top 100 MBAs – still the only one in Africa to make the list. This followed hard on the heels of re-accreditation from the European Foundation of Quality Management with EQUIS accreditation and news of our first time accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in October 2012.
In June 2013 GSB gaining accreditation from AACSB and becoming one of less than 60 schools around the world to have triple-crown accreditation.
Chief amongst the accreditations is the GSB repeat ranking by the QS Global 200 Business Schools report in February 2013, as the best of just three Emerging Global: Middle East and Africa business schools with the most appeal and recognition among international employers.
Most recently, our Executive MBA was the only one in Africa to be ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Which MBA?” This is a new ranking of global Executive MBA programmes designed to assist prospective students in choosing the best school for their requirements.
It is these successes that make me proud to be a graduate and alumni of the above course.
January 2013 saw the launch of another Bertha Centre initiative: Workshop 17 – an iconic solutions space geared towards addressing African challenges through innovation, which has been set up as a partnership with our neighbour the V&A Waterfront. We are fortunate to have Julius Akinyemi, Entrepreneur in Residence at the famous MIT Media Lab and innovation fellow at the GSB, working with us and so we are applying some of MIT’s winning innovation models to invent, prototype and test emerging products, create new business models, services and start businesses aligned to African markets.
In another exciting partnership, the GSB joined with the Western Cape Government to host the Smart Innovation Open Forum last month as part of the Premier’s 110% Green: Smart Innovation on Tour initiative, which is also geared towards stimulating innovative thinking to solve key social and environmental challenges in the Western Cape and beyond.