Stellenbosch University’s business school scoops top award


By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has done it again.

USB has been named the top business school in South Africa by Professional Management Review (PMR Africa).

“This is the fifth time in the past 11 years that the USB has received this globally-recognised accolade and has consistently been ranked as one of the top three business schools in the country during this period.”

Further, the annual survey, which recently rated more than 16 South African business schools that offer MBA and MBL programmes according to set criteria, used feedback from over 400 respondents. Respondents included decision makers such as employers, managers and directors at listed companies, government departments, state-owned enterprises and parastatals – all of whom employ MBA and MBL graduates.
The USB received a rating of 8 out of a possible 10 and will be awarded the PMR Diamond Arrow Award, high scores were obtained in criteria such as ethical conduct, academic knowledge, financial management, application of knowledge in the workplace and leadership.

Meanwhile, a report has revealed that for the first time, and representing one of a few emerging market business schools, the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business will be sending a team of MBA students to compete in the prestigious John Molson MBA International Case Competition in Canada in January 2013.

A team of UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) MBA students, lead by lecturer and MBA alumnus Johannes Schüler, are in preparation for the oldest and largest company analysis competition in the world. The John Molson MBA International Case Competition is to be held in Montreal, Canada next year from January 6 to 11.

As the only business school from Africa, Schüler says, the competition gives the GSB the opportunity to demonstrate its competence and improve its standing in the international context. “This is the largest competition of its kind in the world and receives many applications every year, of which only 36 schools are accepted,” says Schüler”.

And according to team member, Marc Low, the GSB delegation is aiming high. “From the day we were selected we’ve planned to do well. We don’t just want to compete, we want to make a statement and leave a legacy,” he says.

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