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MANAGEMENT: GSB Executive Education Amongst The Best


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Executive Education at the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) can now count itself amongst the best worldwide – this after placing 49th in the world for customised programmes on the Financial Times executive education custom ranking for 2010.

It is the first time the School has featured in the prestigious international ranking and director of Executive Education at the UCT GSB, Elaine Rumboll, described the placement as “confirmation that our approach to adult learning is up there with the best-in-class”.

We have worked hard to ensure that we are recognised as innovators rather than followers in the field of executive education and this ranking affirms that we are doing the right things,” said Rumboll.

It is quite incredible to place in the top 50 given that this is our first time entering, so we are obviously very proud of the achievement,” she added.

The GSB is amongst three South African business schools to feature this year – the University of Stellenbosch and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria came in at 62 and 38 respectively.

The ranking reflects that South Africa is increasingly being recognised as an education destination that offers both quality and value-for-money,” remarked Rumboll. “The achievements of these three business schools stand together as a great advertisement for business education in South Africa and on the African continent as a whole.”

Areas where GSB Executive Education performed particularly well on the ranking included International Clients (27th), Programme Design (28th), Faculty Diversity (32nd) and Value for Money (34th). It achieved above expectation in the Future Use (12th) and Overseas Programmes (10th) categories.

To place at 28th overall for our programme design is something we are particularly proud of,” said Rumboll. “We believe it is one of our key differentiating factors so it’s great to have that acknowledged.”

Rumboll added that the School had excelled in the ‘Overseas Programmes’ category due to the continued success of its customised programmes for Johnson & Johnson and BHP Billiton – two programmes that are run with international partners.

Future Use’, on the other hand, refers to whether delegates would want to return to the School for further training.

To come in at number 12 for future use is just remarkable. There really is no better recognition than to have happy clients who want to come back for more training,” said Rumboll.

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