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GIBS debuts in the 2021 Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking

Johannesburg, November 10, 2021 – Today Corporate Knights released its 19th annual Better World MBA Ranking, with the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) debuting at joint 39th alongside internationally recognised IE Business School. The ranking shows GIBS as a point behind Insead Business School and one point ahead of the prestigious Swiss business school, IMD. 

Corporate Knights evaluated 147 MBA programmes for the ranking and included the Financial Times 100 Global MBA programmes for 2021. The ranking looked at the business schools’ curriculum, research centres, and institutions dedicated to sustainability and the volume of faculty research on sustainability-related topics. Increased core courses and faculty research aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improved gender and racial diversity among its faculty helped GIBS achieve this top spot.

To qualify for the ranking, all programmes had to be accredited by AMBA, AACSB, or EQUIS, and/or be signatories of the United Nations (UN) Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). GIBS is a PRME signatory and has been a proud member of the PRME Champions group since 2009. 

GIBS Interim-dean Dr Morris Mthombeni said, “This acknowledgment from Corporate Knights is very encouraging. It is recognition of the considerable effort from the School as we work towards producing responsible and conscious leaders who will lead organisations of the future.”

Over the past few years, GIBS has made significant inroads and has put much emphasis on sustainability-focused elective offerings, and integrated social responsibility topics into the MBA curriculum and research output. This is in line with the School’s pledge as a UN PRME champion to work collaboratively as an advocate and champion of responsible management education by integrating the SDGs into business school strategy to achieve the PRME principles.

“In this changing social and business environment, our responsibility is to continue to inspire exceptional performance in order to make business healthier in so doing contribute to healthier economies and communities,” added Dr Mthombeni. 

“Every MBA programme in the world should be instilling holistic purpose in leaders, ensuring they have the skills, tools, and values to build a more inclusive, healthier economy that’s beneficial to society and in harmony with the natural world, and the Better World business schools are leading the way,” said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights.


2021 RankSchoolCountry
1Griffith Business SchoolAustralia
2Maastricht University - School of Business and EconomicsNetherlands
3Warwick Business SchoolUK
4York University – Schulich School of BusinessCanada
5Gordon S. Lang School of Business and EconomicsCanada
6University of Edinburgh Business SchoolUK
7Duquesne University – Palumbo-Donahue School of BusinessUS
8University of Vermont – Grossman School of BusinessUS
9University of St GallenSwitzerland
10Durham University Business SchoolUK
11Ryerson University – Ted Rogers School of ManagementCanada
12University of Exeter Business SchoolUK
13Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's UniversityCanada
14La Trobe Business SchoolAustralia
15Universidad Externado de Colombia School of ManagementColombia
16University of North Carolina: Kenan-FlaglerUS
17University of Strathclyde – Strathclyde Business SchoolUK
18University of Victoria – Peter B. Gustavson School of BusinessCanada
19Georgia Institute of Technology: SchellerUS
20Colorado State University College of BusinessUS
21University of Miami – Miami Herbert Business SchoolUS
22University of Cape Town Graduate School of BusinessSouth Africa
23WHU – Otto Beisheim School of ManagementGermany
24Fordham University – Gabelli School of BusinessUS
25McGill University: DesautelsCanada
26Mannheim Business SchoolGermany
27Glasgow Caledonian University: School of Business & SocietyUK
28University of Toronto: RotmanCanada
29Gonzaga University Graduate School of BusinessUS
30University of Bath – School of ManagementUK
31University of California Berkeley – Haas School of BusinessUS
32Audencia Business SchoolFrance
33Nottingham University Business SchoolUK
34Eada Business School BarcelonaSpain
35Carleton University Sprott School of BusinessCanada
36EMLyon Business SchoolFrance
37Imperial College Business SchoolUK
38Alliance Manchester Business SchoolUK
39Gordon Institute of Business ScienceSouth Africa
39IE Business SchoolSpain
40IMD Business SchoolSwitzerland

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