About USB

University of Stellenbosch
Business School


Triple-accredited African business school
focused on responsible leadership development

It has been over 50 years since USB opened its doors to 14 MBA students in 1964.
Today, USB has grown to offer world-class education to over 29 000 students and alumni from all over the globe.

Find out why USB is one of the highest ranked business schools in Africa.

Overview and and more information


USB forms part of Stellenbosch University – the strongest research university in Africa.
In 2018, Stellenbosch University will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary.

  • Overview
  • Vision Mission & Values
  • USB in Numbers

About USB

Why study at USB?

USB has always believed in excellence, a philosophy that resulted in it becoming the first school from an African university to receive the Triple Crown of international accreditations – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

International Recognition

USB’s international standing is also underpinned by the following:

  • Link with Stellenbosch University: USB forms part of Stellenbosch University, which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2018 and which is the top-ranked research university in Africa.
  • Partnerships with some 80 business schools across all continents: These partnerships open up opportunities for joint research and conferences, and exchange studies and lectures.
  • International memberships: USB’s memberships of various organisations in the international and African business school environment is based on collaboration and support.
  • Students from a growing number of countries: In 2017, USB’s students came from some 40 different countries.

African Expertise

USB is recognised as an African expert in various fields. This is, among others, the expertise that underpins USB’s business knowledge of Africa:

  • Development Finance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Futures Studies
  • Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • Responsible Leadership Development
  • Emerging Country Economics
  • Management Coaching

Collaboration and Networking Opportunities

A collaborative learning spirit is nurtured by the opportunities that USB presents to its students. Collaboration occurs between USB’s multicultural student body, faculty and international partners that bring unique knowledge across a variety of fields. However, not only are students learning to work with other students from across the globe, they are also given the chance to network with local and international businesses from a number of industries. The USB Advisory Board, too, includes business representatives from across the globe. Opportunities for continued learning, engagement and networking continue past graduation thanks to the USB Alumni Association with its 27 000 members from all over the world. For alumni, this is a rich resource of people, knowledge and skills from which to tap for the rest of their lives.

Strong Focus on Responsible Leadership Development

Responsible leadership development is ingrained into USB’s mission. This know-how will enable students to understand their role as responsible leaders when they go back to society, and to hold themselves, their teams and their companies to a higher standard as custodians of society’s institutions and organisations.

Pioneering New Knowledge Through Research

The creation of new business knowledge through research ensures academic relevance and updated curricula. Faculty and student research, research centers, research fellowships, and joint research projects and conferences all contribute to USB’s growing body of research. USB’s academic research is accessible through the USB research portal.

Support Services

USB offers a wide range of support services for students. These services are delivered via:

  • Academic Administration Services
  • Admissions Office
  • Career Leadership
  • International Affairs Office
  • Marketing
  • Library (USBI)
  • Alumni Relations Office

You can reach each of these departments via the Contact us page.

Social Impact

USB’s ultimate purpose is to develop leaders and managers who will be stewards of society, irrespective of the organisation for which they work. For USB, social impact means:

  • The societal orientation and impact of its curricula and research
  • Its involvement in social dialogue and public policy making
  • The social impact of its engagement with stakeholders
  • Its collaboration with partner schools and organisations
  • Its sustainability and responsibility practices as an institution

One of USB’s key social engagement initiatives is its Small Business Academy, which offers a nine-month business development programme to small business owners from low-income communities in the Western and Eastern Cape. Students also play a role in social impact through engaged learning programmes that see them interacting with community members. For example, students might assist small business owners from a low-income area with their business plans.


Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

USB is globally recognised as a source of value for a better world.

Our Mission

Through knowledge advancement and transformative learning we develop responsible leaders who positively impact society.

Our Values

USB’s embodies the following values:

  • Excellence: We improve continuously to exceed expectations
  • Value creation:  We create a better world
  • Equity:  We commit to restitution, fairness and inclusivity
  • Accountability:  We are answerable for our actions
  • Respect: We embrace the dignity of each person and the civility of public discourse
  • Compassion:  We care for the well-being of all our stakeholders

Interesting Numbers

Research Output for 2019

USB Research Output 2019

Students in numbers 2019

Alumni numbers in 2019

USB ALumni numbers

Research Output for 2018

Students in numbers 2018


Alumni numbers in 2018

Research Output for 2017

Students numbers in 2017


Alumni numbers for 2017

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