University of Stellenbosch Business School
The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), located in the Tyger Valley business district in the northern part of Cape Town, offers a wide range of internationally accredited management and leadership programmes.
USB is recognised as a top school in the international business school network. It was the first school from an African university to receive all three international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. USB has also been named the No 1 business school in South Africa for 2017 by PMR.africa.
USB’s programmes are relevant for South Africa, other African countries and beyond. Over and above USB’s flagship MBA, which is presented over a shorter period from 2016, USB offers MPhil degrees (Development Finance, Management Coaching, Futures Studies), PhD degrees (Business Management, Development Finance, Futures Studies), postgraduate diplomas (Leadership, Project Management, Futures Studies, Development Finance, Business Management & Administration), and certificate courses in executive development.
NEW USB MBA
USB’s MBA has been redesigned to better fulfil the needs of today’s students. The previous (longer) MBA, presented up till 2015, has now been restructured into a 213-credit programme on NQF Level 9. All formats of the USB MBA have been shortened and this takes effect from 2016.
Important: You must now have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree or an Honour’s degree or a 3-year Bachelor’s degree plus a Postgraduate Diploma before you are allowed entry into the new MBA.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN MBA FROM USB?
Operate on senior management level: The USB MBA will give you an astute understanding of all aspects of business, enabling you to operate on senior management level in any industry. You will know how to implement strategies, solve complex problems in an increasingly competitive and volatile environment, operate in a global environment and understand the role of business in society. You will also be able to interpret financial statements, assess operational policies and develop marketing strategies.
Lead with responsibility: USB’s MBA is strongly committed to your development as a responsible leader, focusing on personal leadership, relationship leadership and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA. This know-how will enable you to hold yourself, your teams and your company to a higher standard as custodians of society’s institutions and organisations.
Think strategically: You will learn how to analyse and evaluate a business environment using appropriate theories to formulate suitable strategies or strategic solutions. You will also learn how to apply cross-cultural skills and a global understanding in your business interactions. This includes an understanding of the interwoven nature of economics, politics, technology, society, demographics and culture, and its impact on economies and businesses.
Function globally: The USB MBA curriculum is designed to develop you as a leader who can function in any position, anywhere in the world. You will attend an International Study Module at a foreign business school and touch base with global companies. You will meet
international lecturers in class. In addition, USB’s partnership agreements with over 80 of the world’s top business schools hold the potential of exchange studies, participation in international competitions for MBA students, engagement and networking.
Understand the interlinked roles of organisational departments: You will acquire a thorough understanding of the interlinked roles of all the functional areas of an organisation – including finances, operations, information systems, marketing, human capital management and support services. This will enable you to manage across functional areas, gain insight, align resources and make well-informed decisions.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE USB?
Three international accreditations: USB has quality guarantees in the form of AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. USB was the first school from an African university to hold all three international accreditations for business schools.
International exposure: USB’s international participation is demonstrated by its three international accreditations, its international student body, visiting international faculty and exchange students, the compulsory MBA International Study Module at a foreign business school on the MBA programme, its presence in many parts of the African continent, and partnerships with business schools on all continents.
Africa-focused expertise: USB is your business knowledge partner in Africa. The School has become known for its African-focused expertise in areas such as development finance, ethics and corporate governance, personal leadership development, management coaching, futures research and emerging-country economics.
Leadership development: A strong focus on leadership development forms part of our programmes – in particular our MBA and Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development. USB’s leadership expertise is benchmarked against international standards and endorsed by a growing body of respected research institutions.
Collaborative learning: Collaborative learning is a key feature of USB’s programmes, and this intense engagement contributes to the life-changing experience of studying with us. Each student brings different qualifications, management experience and cultural knowledge to the table.
Diversity: On your study journey at USB, you will collaborate with people from a wide range of cultures and countries. Students come from all over South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. This diversity will add depth to your learning experience and help you to build valuable networks of business contacts and fellow students that will last you a lifetime.