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MANAGEMENT: USB Caps Off 2010 With An A-Rating


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The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has once again received an A-rating as being one of the “universal business schools with major international influence” in a global survey by EDUNIVERSAL, a Paris-based ratings organisation.


The results of the 2010 EDUNIVERSAL survey were announced at the 3rd EDUNIVERSAL World Convention held in Prague at the University of Economics on the 28th and 30th of October. USB was awarded a Five Palms award for the third consecutive year, the highest honour to a business school. They were also selected as one of the top 3 Excellent Business schools in Africa and selected as the institution among the most recognised and well known.  

In August this year the USB was named the number one business school in South Africa by Professional Management Review ( The USB also had the highest reputation of all business schools in South Africa according to the Financial Mail survey this year. It thus holds the top position among business schools. In the Financial Mail ranking for MBA programmes the USB MBA achieved the second place. “We are very proud of USB’s achievements. “Not only have we once again taken home an award at the EDUNIVERSAL World Forum, but it has never happened before that we hold the top positions on both the Financial Mail and the PMR in one year,” says Prof John Powell, Director of the USB.

Adding to these achievements, the Aspen Institute in the USA ranked the USB among the top 40 of 100 leading business schools in the world on the 2009-10 edition of its alternative Beyond Grey Pinstripes Top Global list, which promotes social and environmental sustainability. According to the latest list, USB has moved up 31 positions to place at 39 in the rankings.

The year also saw Will Coetsee, a recent USB MBA graduate, selected as one of four finalists selected from applications from AMBA’s 168 accredited business schools in 72 countries worldwide for the Independent MBA Student of the Year Award 2010 at the Association of MBAs (AMBA) Gala Dinner held in London on the 4th of November.

This award is recognised as one of the most prestigious accolades for MBA students globally.

This is the second time in three years that a USB student has made the final four for this important award.  USB was also the first South African business school to have received AMBA-accreditation for the quality of its MBA programme.

 “It is great to find that the business community at large respects so visibly the strong intellectual and academic standing of our degrees as well as students. We feel at USB that learning how to think well, to be constructively critical and to have an enquiring mind are key assets in business life and it is most pleasing to see our peers in business both locally and abroad authenticate that position,” says Powell.

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