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GIBS Internationalisation

About Us

Through our internationalisation strategy, we strive to achieve global recognition enabled by international academic partnerships and a global scholarly community, to serve our student and alumni body through academic, social, corporate, and digital education. We aspire to strengthen our global impact through six dimensions, namely: thought leadership; profile and reputation; faculty and staff; teaching and learning; institutional partnerships; and students and alumni.

Internationalisation Team

Charlene Lew 
Prof Charlene Lew
Director: Internationalisation

Prof Charlene Lew serves as director of internationalisation at GIBS where she is responsible for shaping the GIBS internationalisation strategy and encouraging alignment to the strategy across the School. She teaches behavioural decision-making and change leadership and has specific research interests in choice architecture for ethical decision-making.

Shirlene Smits
Shirlene Smits

Head of Partnerships
Shirlene Smits facilitates new international partnerships and fosters existing relationships. She designs and delivers programmes for visiting academic students and facilitates student exchanges, and oversees the global electives for academic programmes.

Zinhle Radebe
Zinhle Radebe

Administrator: Internationalisation
Zinhle Radebe joined GIBS in 2021 after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration at GIBS. She is responsible for the accurate and timely administration, information gathering, and documentation in support of the requirements of the GIBS internationalisation strategy.


As an internationally recognised and ranked business school, GIBS holds multi-purpose partnerships with a wide network of academic thought-leaders, associations, business schools, and corporations. We aim to optimise our mission-specific collaboration to promote performance excellence in Africa. 

Central to GIBS’ institutional partnerships, is the strategy to develop the School as one of the leading business schools on the African continent. Through our partnerships, we support the development of international thought-leadership, faculty and student exchanges, joint programmes, and staff development. GIBS also holds several project-specific partnerships with multiple universities and international businesses. We have hosted multiple groups from the USA, the UK, and Europe as well as the rest of Africa. Our students have visited many countries and our digital education team enables online programmes to be delivered wherever they are needed. 

We partner with business schools and universities who share our passion for African excellence.

Multi-Purpose Partnerships on the African continent

To strengthen our relationships across the continent for greater impact, GIBS has formal relationships with a number of African-based business schools.

International Memberships

GIBS is actively involved in a network of international memberships for continued development of academic leadership, exposure to best practice in business education and assurance of quality education.

European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) EFMD
Association of MBAs (AMBA)
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Council on Higher Education (CHE)
The Association of African Business Schools (AABS)
The South African Business Schools Association (SABSA)
Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
Central and East European Management (CEEMAN)
Global Business School Network (GBSN)
The Executive MBA Council (EMBAC)
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
Academy of Management (AOM)
Consortium for University-based Executive Education (UNICON)
The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS)

Teaching And Learning

GIBS aims to equip our students for careers in an increasingly global world through teaching and learning that integrates global and local content and methods on all our programmes. Teaching global business practice is part of all our programmes. For this reason, our doctoral programme welcomes students from across the continent and results in doctoral theses that are internationally examined and acclaimed. We also work closely with Harvard to present our Harvard Business School Senior Executive Programme. Our Global Executive Development programme offers students exposure to multiple global contexts and the MPhil in International Business focuses specifically on enabling students to develop competencies to execute strategy on the global stage.

Doctoral Programme
Harvard Business School Senior Executive Program
Global Executive Development Programme

Thought Leadership

We produce internationally recognised thought leadership through peer reviewed journal articles, case studies, white papers and by hosting research conferences.

Journal articles

Centres and Initiatives

The GIBS centres under Social Education drive academic collaboration and best practice within a network of academic partners. Through their research, the centres have produced multiple recognised research reports with practitioner value.
African Management and Markets

Business Ethics


GIBS promotes internationalisation through faculty and deepens our impact and influence through learning expertise and specialised delivery.  
Faculty research
GIBS hosts a diverse student body that benefits from contextually relevant business education and global exposure to have a positive impact on society. Our Alumni Chapters enable networking for our international alumni.


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