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About Us

Founded in 2000, we are the University of Pretoria's internationally accredited business school, based in Sandton, Johannesburg -
South Africa's economic hub.

The school is named after Sir Donald Gordon, in recognition of his contribution to South African business and a significant endowment to GIBS. In May 2018 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked us as the top South African and African business school. This is the 15​th year running that we have been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2018 our MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. We are the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.​

Message from the Dean

At GIBS we believe in business. We believe passionately that business can, and should be, a force for good, a force for positive change, and a force for the economic development our country and continent so desperately needs. We believe that business should work closely together, as well as co-operatively, with government and civil society to create a better, more equal South Africa of which we can all be proud. Whilst we are firmly rooted in a university system, we are, as organisation, philosophically close to business and this is enacted in everything we do.

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Building management and leadership capability sits at the heart of any business school. While this is our primary focus, we believe that we play a crucial part ensuring business executives are able to develop a broader view and constructively engage with government, labour and civil society – both locally and internationally. Through this, we enable the building of competitive institutions so that business can responsibly generate the growth that the country needs.

Over the years GIBS has refined its management education offerings across a wide spectrum embracing degree programmes, open courses and offerings tailored to individual clients and consortia to effect behaviour change through the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Impact is core to the design, delivery and assessment of GIBS programmes. We create programmes that equip students to take up the reins of leadership to successfully propel businesses forward in the context of a dynamic and changing global environment. 

GIBS works with more than 6 000 executives, managers and scholars every year across multiple countries. Our world-class campus situated in the heart of Johannesburg, one of the great African cities, coupled with our internationally-recognised faculty and associates, as well as our unique learning methodologies enable us to offer students a transformative learning experience. 

GIBS Dean, Professor Nicola Kleyn

Mission and Vision


Research and Thought Leadership

Research at GIBS is applied, cross-disciplinary and emphasises the core research themes of the School namely:  entrepreneurship; management in the African context; and; business and society. At GIBS we produce research outputs including journal articles, conference papers and white papers on these themes as well as research outputs that support pedagogy such as case studies. The GIBS Case Study Hub enables the production of high-quality case studies and teaching notes aligned with the core research themes of the School. These case studies illustrate practices and dilemmas for teaching primarily in Africa, but also internationally. 

In order to integrate scholarship and engagement with business beyond the teaching of these themes on our academic programmes, each research theme has been aligned with a GIBS entity that is geared to business engagement. The Centre for African Management and Markets (CAMM) supports the theme of management in the African context. The Enterprise Development Academy (EDA) supports the entrepreneurship theme and the Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Dialogue (C-LED) and the Business Ethics and Governance Think Tank supports the business and society theme. 

Accreditations, Affiliations & Networks

​The Association of MBAs (AMBA) – the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. 

The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS)​ – a global network of over 130 companies and academic institutions whose expertise, commitment and resources are leveraged to invest in a more sustainable future for business in society. 

The Association of African Business Schools (AABS) – supports graduate business schools through capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement programmes for deans/directors and faculty from African business schools. 

The South African Business Schools Association (SABSA) – assists in creating an effective means of leveraging information, skills and expertise between business schools and assists to develop the business education sector in line with international standards. 

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) – a voluntary initiative to stimulate responsible management education, research and thought leadership and is inspired by the UN Global Compact. 

CEEMAN​ – an international management development association established to accelerate the growth in quality of management development in central and eastern Europe.  ​​

AACSB Accreditation​​​ – ​​AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn​.

AACSB Public Performance Disclosure Data

MBA FT throughput/completion rate96%
MBA PT and Modular throughput89%
Acceptance rate60%

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