GIBS debuts in 2021 Better World MBA Ranking

Corporate Knights recently 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 is 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.

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