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The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) full-time MBA programme has moved up 29 places to 60th place in the latest Financial Times (FT) of London’s Global MBA Top 100 Ranking released on Monday. The UCT GSB degree is also ranked as the best value for money MBA in the world today.

The UCT GSB remains the only business school in Africa in the FT MBA Top 100, and this is the seventh consecutive year that the School has featured in the rankings.

In addition to being the number one value for money MBA, there are other notable achievements in 2011 – the UCT GSB was ranked 7th in the International Experience category and inside the Top 35 in seven other assessment categories. This included placing 31st in the Career Progress rank, 31st in the International Faculty rank, and 28th in the International Mobility rank.

An evaluation of the 2011 rankings table shows that the UCT GSB again ranks amongst the top five business schools based in BRICS emergent market countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China and South Africa.

The UCT GSB is delighted to have moved up significantly in the FT Top 100 ranking this year, and to be ranked again for the seventh consecutive year – it testifies to the high quality of our programmes, the remarkable impact we have on students and the exceptional quality of our MBA in particular,” said Professor Walter Baets, Director of the UCT GSB.

He added that being ranked as the best value for money MBA in the world is a clear indication that the UCT MBA is very competitively priced internationally for the high quality it delivers. This will help the School to attract more international students and grow as a hub of expertise on the African continent.

Baets said that the 2011 ranking will inspire great confidence in students and prospective students that the UCT GSB offers an MBA amongst the best in the world, and that the business school is on the move and achieving on a global level.

The FT ranking shows that GSB MBA graduates are doing well for themselves across the globe – this can be seen in the three strong rankings in International Experience, International Mobility and Career Progress. “These three categories confirm that our graduates go on to achieve great things wherever they go and are highly valued in the international market,” said Baets.

In dollar-weighted terms, UCT GSB alumni are also earning at the top of the table (position 16) just behind top-ranked London Business School and ahead of graduates from the likes of New York University, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge.

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