SA business school in world top 10


19 January 2007

The Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town has been rated among the top 10 in the world in an influential annual survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

According to a statement issued by the school this week, the ratings, released in December, place the UCT Graduate School of Business in the top four for its customised programmes and in the top 10 for its open programmes.

The former are programmes tailored to the needs of a particular business, while the latter are open to executives from any company.

The rating of 4.3 out of 5 for its customised programmes places the school on the same level as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (US), University of Washington Business School (US) and Instituto de Empresa (Spain).

The rating of 4.0 out of 5 for its open progammes “is shared with the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad in India), the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (US), and Thunderbird’s Garvin School of International Management (US),” the school said.

“The UCT GSB is also the first African business school to have its full-time MBA ranked in the Financial Times’ Global Top 100. The school moved up to place 66th in the annual rankings last year.”

Elaine Rumboll, director of the school’s executive education unit, said the high score for its customised programmes was “particularly exciting for the school as customised programmes are the biggest growth area for executive education globally.

“Change is inherent to emergent markets and we are challenged to address constantly evolving needs,” Rumboll said. “Not only is the market growing, but it is also impatient for punchy and relevant learning experiences that will have a lasting impact on business practices.

“Course design in such an environment is an exciting prospect, and true competitive advantage lies with those business schools that are able to take a wide range of insights and combine them intelligently to create interesting, trans-disciplinary and impactful learning processes.” reporter

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