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Accreditations and rankings

The USB has the triple crown of international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

AACSB accreditation

In November 2012, the USB became the first business school of African origin to achieve international AACSB accreditation for its MBA and other programmes. AACSB accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees. Less than 5% of the world's business programmes are AACSB accredited.

Year of AACSB accreditation: 2012.

EQUIS accreditation


The USB was the first business school in Africa to receive EQUIS accreditation, awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EQUIS assesses business schools as a whole, including their programmes, internationalisation activities, research, executive education provision, corporate connections and community outreach.

    Year of EQUIS accreditation: 2000. Most recent reaccreditation: 2012.

AMBA accreditation


The USB was the first South African business school to achieve the international AMBA accreditation from the UK-based Association of MBAs. AMBA's accreditation criteria focus on every aspect of MBA provision, including the institution, faculty, curriculum and assessments.

    Year of AMBA accreditation: 2002. Most recent reaccreditation: 2012.

Membership of two doctoral associations – EDAMBA and the GRLI’s GDA


USB is a member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA). In 2006, USB’s PhD was the first PhD outside Europe audited and approved by EDAMBA. EDAMBA promotes and facilitates cooperation among doctoral programmes in Management and Business Administration by providing a network to exchange information and PhD candidates, and to promote research cooperation.

USB is also a member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative’s Global Doctoral Alliance. As a signatory to the GRLI’s Global Doctoral Alliance, USB is committed to incorporating the societal dimension of business and sustainability in its PhD research.

International acknowledgement


The USB is one of only three African business schools with an A-rating (5 Palmes, or highest ranking) for "universal business schools with major international influence" in the French Eduniversal Official Selection for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The Aspen Institute in the USA has ranked the USB on its Beyond Grey Pinstripes Top Global 100 Schools list for promoting social and environmental sustainability in its curricula and research.

International and local memberships


The USB is a member of leading bodies in the international and African business school community: the USA-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Belgian-based European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), Global Business School Network (GBSN), and the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN).

The USB is also a member EFMD's Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), which focuses on reframing the purpose of management education among others, and of the Global Business School Network (GBSN), which promotes management education as a critical component in successful international development strategies.

South African accreditation


The USB is fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education in South Africa.

South African rankings


USB achieved first place in the 2014 PMR.africa rankings – a survey conducted among employers of MBA graduates in South Africa. This is one of six Top SA Business School rankings that USB has received from PMR.africa since 2005.

USB-ED rankings


USB-ED features in the Financial Times 2014 Global Top 100 ranking (#61: Open Programmes; #68: Customised Programmes).