African Business Schools aim to help their students excel in management and business education in Africa. More importantly, these business schools now play a critical role in their respective countries and the continent in general by preparing students early on for development in the private sector with tremendous entrepreneurial skills.

1. University of Cape Town

The UCT Graduate School of Business offers one of the most innovative Executive MBA courses in the world. The full-time program or part-time/modular MBA or the Executive MBA all provide a strong emphasis on:

  1. personal development and growth,
  2. understanding business and leadership in emergent markets
  3. and the challenges of transforming organizations

to arm students with the key skills needed for elite management jobs.

The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business was voted Best Business School in Africa for a third consecutive year in November 2010 at the *Eduniversal Global Convention in Prague, Czech Republic. EDUNIVERSAL is the first tool offering a truly universal perspective on higher education.

2. The American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a premier English-language institution of higher learning. The university is committed to teaching and research of the highest caliber, and offers exceptional liberal arts and professional education in a cross-cultural environment. AUC builds a culture of leadership, lifelong learning, continuing education and service among its graduates, and is dedicated to making significant contributions to Egypt and the international community in diverse fields.  Chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, the AUC School of Business says it has identified three pillars:

  1. entrepreneurship,
  2. innovation
  3. and leadership

on which their business programs are developed, improved and delivered.

3. Wits University

According to their website, Wits has a reputation built on research and academic excellence.  Wits is one of only two universities in Africa ranked in two separate international rankings as a leading institution in the world and is the only university in the country that features in the top 1% in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings.

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4. The University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi is the pioneer institution of University education in Kenya and the region. NairobiUniversity-300x225According to their website, for a long time it was the only higher learning institution in Kenya. Established in 1964, its Business School is split into three departments, Finance and Accounting, Business Administration and Management Science.

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5. The United States International University

The US International University is actually the oldest private university in Eastern Africa and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The school provides broad-based and top quality education, which prepares its students for professional schools and beyond. In general, their curriculum helps their students accomplish high levels in their chosen fields and promotes multiculturalism and global understanding overall.

6. The University of Dar es Salaam

The University of Dar es salaam is the oldest and biggest public university in Tanzania. Although it was established in 1970, it started in 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London. The University of Dar es Salaam Business School (UDBS) is one of the leading institutions in business and management research, teaching and consultancy in the sub-Saharan region. It also houses an Entrepreneurship Center, Institute of Insurance and Risk Management and the Career Advice Placement and Practical Training Bureau.

7. The Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA)

MANCOSA was established in 1995 and is fully accredited. Initially, it was a post-apartheid empowerment school that provided accessible and affordable business management education primarily to persons previously denied access to post graduate education. The school’s programs cover areas of business administration, commerce, tourism management, functional management and leadership and range from Certificate programmes to Masters’ degrees. MANCOSA is a private institution with a vast network of academic and intellectual capacity in the region with additional offices in Johannesburg, Polokwane, Mauritius, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Malawi. Strategic partnerships with institutions in these and other Southern African countries ensure that the highest quality and standards are maintained through an extensive network of training venues. To date, it is still the only business school in Africa that is known to have 100 percent black ownership.

8. UNISA – University of South Africa – Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)

UNISA is the leading distance learning business school in Africa to date and is known to churn out tomorrow’s inspiring leaders. UNISA motivates the future generation and provides qualifications that are accredited internationally, as well as world-class resources. A strategic objective of the school is to optimise the use of technology and ICT in the development and delivery of their programs throughout Africa and globally. It has also formed a lot of global partnerships with hopes of achieving the dreams of African people.

9. University of Stellenbosch

The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is a leading provider of internationally accredited postgraduate management degrees and executive education in South Africa. The Business School places a great deal of emphasis on leadership development and provides its students with global qualifications that serve them greatly all over the world.

10. Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)

The University of Pretoria’s GIBS was established in 2000. Positioned in Sandton, Johannesburg, the school partners with leading companies and attracts students who want to make a significant impact. The school has already made a huge impact in the lives of its students and their careers. As stated on the school website, South Africa is a country that will continue to be challenged by the tension between its history and its future. Business leaders thrive on this tension as they look for opportunities to add value and generate prosperity for themselves and others. It is the schools’ hope to be a business school for and from the business community.