The University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has once again scooped top honours as Africa's preeminent business school in the annual Executive MBA (EMBA) Ranking conducted by the UK Financial Times (FT). This year marks the fifth consecutive year that GIBS has taken Africa's top spot. GIBS is now the only African business school ranked by the FT in its MBA rankings.
The ranking which is considered a global benchmark of business school excellence, is based on surveys of business schools and MBA graduates. Various assessment criteria are used, some of which include: career progression of the school's alumni, the school's idea generation and the diversity of students and faculty, among others.
The School is ranked 23rd globally on international course experience – largely due to the compulsory global module which forms an integral part of the GIBS MBA programme. GIBS continues to close the gender gap when it comes to female representation on the MBA programme. 38% of faculty who teach on the MBA are female, female students make up 42% of the cohort and 50% of the GIBS board are female putting the School 11th, 7th and 5th in the world respectively in this regard.
According to the ranking, GIBS alumni have an average salary of approximately USD 206,982 which is on par with alumni from leading business schools such as Columbia Business School in the US, and equates to a 48% increase on their pre-MBA remuneration ranking the school in 38th on this measure.
Dean of GIBS, Professor Nicola Kleyn said, "As a business school, we operate in a competitive space. To be featured in these prestigious rankings is both an honour and a privilege and is testament to the hard work that students and faculty put into the qualification.
"We continue to make every effort to deliver the very best learning experience possible at every touchpoint, providing students the best opportunity to drive their careers to the next level." Said Professor Kleyn.