Stellenbosch Business School’s MBA programme receives AMBA re-accreditation

Stellenbosch Business School has officially received re-accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on post-graduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA students and recent MBA alumni of Stellenbosch Business School are invited to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 60,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries on a free basis, for networking, thought leadership, career development, and a variety of benefits.

Accreditation from the Association of MBAs represents the highest standard of achievement in post-graduate business education. Its rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-calibre programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction achieve Association of MBAs accreditation.

Stellenbosch Business School is primarily based in Cape Town, South Africa. AMBA accredits both the modular MBA and the blended MBA at the business school.

Members of AMBA’s accreditation panel, representing senior management at AMBA-accredited business schools globally, commended the success of the school and its initiatives including the Small Business Academy supporting local entrepreneurship. They thought this was important to the MBA, to the school, and to the development of South Africa.

The panel mentioned that the vision for the future development of the school was impressive, this was personified by the commitment to a new building and creating stronger links with the local ecosystem and the university.

Finally, the panel mentioned the school’s expertise in blended learning. The school has committed to being a national leader in blended learning, to achieve this, the school was recognised in supporting academics in blended delivery, including training, investment in state-of-the-art technologies, and in-class assistance.

Mark Smith, Director of Stellenbosch Business School, said “We are delighted to have again received the full five-year accreditation from AMBA and our peers. For us this is recognition of the hard work we have put in and our vision for the future of creating responsible leaders for a better world”.

AMBA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programmes should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education. Its accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation, and demanding business schools to perform at the highest level continually.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (BGA) said: ‘Stellenbosch Business School is an excellent business school and is a valuable member of the AMBA network. The school is a leader in its community and is committed to being an expert in blended learning delivery. I am delighted that the school has received AMBA re-accreditation.’

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About Stellenbosch Business School

Established in 1964, Stellenbosch Business School was the first business school from an African university to receive the prestigious Triple Crown of international accreditations, reserved for the top 1% of business schools worldwide. The School focuses on post-graduate education with programmes including PG-Dip, specialist masters, MBA, and PhD. Short courses are provided by an executive development arm of the organisation. Many programmes include a responsible leadership dimension as part of the School’s commitment to developing responsible leaders for a better world — a key differentiator of the School’s programmes, research, and social impact activities.

There are six research Centres at the School with expertise in Development Finance, Governance, Women and Work, Futures & Foresight, Conflict & Collaboration, and Responsible Leadership. The School also has strong pedigree in entrepreneurship hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor for South Africa and its own Small Business Academy for entrepreneurs in informal settlements across three provinces of the country. Stellenbosch Business School is a member of PRME and a number of alliance of leading business schools including the Council on Business & Society, the EMBA Consortium, and the Global Innovation Challenge.

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