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Africa: UCT the Only Financial Times Ranked MBA School in Africa

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) is the only business school in Africa to feature in the prestigious Financial Times rankings for its groundbreaking Executive MBA programme.

The UCT GSB has retained its position as the number one business school in Africa in the 2020 Executive MBA (EMBA) Financial Times (FT) rankings, which were announced on 26 October 2020. Ranked 56th in the world, the UCT GSB is the only business school on the continent to make the top 100 this year.

“We are excited to be the best in Africa.”

“We are excited to be the best in Africa,” said Dr Catherine Duggan, the director of the UCT GSB. “We are proud that the GSB continues to represent the African continent among this elite group of truly global business schools. It is vital for business leaders to be able to navigate an increasingly complex world – especially in Africa and emerging markets – and that is exactly our focus at the UCT GSB. Our students graduate with a powerful set of tools for leading through uncertainty and change – and this ranking reflects that.”

The UCT GSB MBA attracts senior professionals and executives from a spectrum of sectors and industries. According to Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran, the director of the EMBA, the programme is tailored for leaders who want to take their careers to the next level and who already have some experience in the field of business and leadership.

“We have refined the programme to ensure that it draws executives who are serious about character development and who want to shift their intelligence as well as their orientation to find new ways of leading.”

Rigorous process

The FT rankings are recognised as the most rigorous of the various global rankings of MBA programmes. Strict guidelines include: The programme must be accredited by either the United States’ Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or the European Foundation for Management Development; it must be cohort-based, with students enrolling and graduating together; and it must have at least 30 graduates each year. The programme must also teach in the medium of English.

Schools are assessed in 19 categories measuring career progress of graduates, the diversity of the school and its research and corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. In 2020 the UCT GSB ranked 11th in the world for CSR and 11th for its percentage of international students.

“We have a distinct philosophical approach and practice of teaching that focuses on practice and lived experience to drive learning.”