University of Stellenbosch Business School

Triple-accredited African business school
focused on responsible leadership development

It has been almost 60 years since Stellenbosch Business School opened its doors to 14 MBA students in 1964.
Today, Stellenbosch Business School has grown to offer world-class education to over 29 000 students and alumni from all over the globe.

Find out why Stellenbosch Business School is one of the highest ranked business schools in Africa.

Overview and more information

Stellenbosch Business School forms part of Stellenbosch University – the strongest research university in Africa.

Collaborative inquiry

ACDS facilitates customised, research-supported roundtables for parties working in conflict contexts. These can build bridges between companies and communities, unions and management, or others with opposed perspectives through joint definition of questions; participation in data collection; and engagement together with experienced practitioners, parties in analogous situations, and experts from diverse perspectives to analyse data, challenge assumptions, uncover new perspectives, and develop actionable insights.

Business & Conflict Barometer

ACDS leads an international consortium at the frontiers of data science and conflict analysis. The barometer allows researchers and practitioners to “listen in” on an array of geospatial, event, socio-economic and textual data to determine whether, how, and why conflict levels are rising or falling. Custom inquiries can be developed to meet partner needs.

Action research

The centre’s scholarly and practitioner networks, expertise in conflict dynamics, and conflict sensitivity allow it to carry out research with and for parties working in complex and conflict-prone environments. This may include the mapping of conflict dynamics; business and human rights impact assessments in conflict contexts; the assessment of conflict risk mitigation plans and efforts; and the monitoring and evaluation of programme impact in complex environments.

Capacity building

ACDS provides training in dialogue, negotiation, mediation, conflict risk management, and related dispute resolution fields. Courses can be academically certified as appropriate.

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About Stellenbosch Business School

Why study at Stellenbosch Business School?

Stellenbosch Business School 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

Stellenbosch Business School’s international standing is also underpinned by the following:

  • Link with Stellenbosch University: We form 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: Our memberships of various organisations in the international and African business school environment are based on collaboration and support.
  • Students from a growing number of countries: Our students came from more than 40 different countries. Our 30 000+ alumni reside on all the continents globally

African Expertise

Stellenbosch Business School is recognised as an African expert in various fields. This is, among others, the expertise that underpins Stellenbosch Business School’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 Stellenbosch Business School presents to its students. Collaboration occurs between Stellenbosch Business School’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 Stellenbosch Business School Advisory Board, too, includes business representatives from across the globe. Opportunities for continued learning, engagement and networking continue past graduation thanks to the Stellenbosch Business School 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 Stellenbosch Business School’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 Stellenbosch Business Schools growing body of research. Stellenbosch Business School’s academic research is accessible through the Stellenbosch Business School research portal.

Support Services

Stellenbosch Business School offers a wide range of support services for students. These services are delivered via:

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

Social Impact

Stellenbosch Business School’s ultimate purpose is to develop leaders and managers who will be stewards of society, irrespective of the organisation for which they work. For us, 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 the 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

Be a creator of value for a better world

Our Mission

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

Our Values

Stellenbosch Business School embodies the following values:

  • Excellence: We exceed expectations
  • Equity:  We commit to restitution, fairness and inclusivity
  • Accountability:  We are answerable for our actions
  • Respect: We embrace the dignity of each person
  • Compassion:  We care for the well-being of all our stakeholders

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