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At GIBS, you are assured of a business school experience that embraces technology and disruption, while always finding ways to humanise and connect to the new digital world of work. As an entrepreneurial institution, with deep connections to the African continent, GIBS has changed dramatically since its founding in 2000. Established on the back of a significant endowment by businessman and philanthropist Sir Donald Gordon, the University of Pretoria’s business school has evolved from being a business school for business, under founding Dean Professor Nick Binedell, into a world-class African institution and research centre, under former Dean Professor Nicola Kleyn.

Long regarded as a business school with impeccable international credentials, GIBS under the current leadership of Dean, Professor Morris Mthombeni is now leading the way among its global peers thanks to a progressive focus on quality blended learning coupled with a commitment to meaningful experiential exposure.

Underpinning our approach is our commitment to life-long learning, a dedication to high-quality and innovative teaching methods, the pursuit of ethical and sustainable values, and a forward-looking view of business and its role in the world. Access to both local and international faculty ensures that your GIBS experience is globally relevant and opens doors to prized global networks.

GIBS is Triple Crown accredited, holding EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), as well as accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). GIBS is the 113th business school worldwide to achieve Triple Crown status. In addition, the School is also accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). GIBS is a United Nations Principles for Responsible Management (PRME) Champion and is an affiliate of the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN).

Academic programmes | Executive education

Centres and Initiatives

Our commitment to thought-leadership is demonstrated by a number of centres within the school, including:

Centre for Africa Management & Markets (CAMM) which focuses on generating and sharing a sophisticated understanding of business in markets throughout Africa;

Centre for Business Ethics (CfBE) whose purpose is to explore and influence how South African business can respond more ethically to the country’s challenges, facilitating open conversations that build trust and helping to secure a more successful, sustainable future both for the business community and the country.

Centre for Leadership & Dialogue (CL&D) whose goal is to build social capital and develop responsible, institutional leadership capacity through cross-sectoral engagement and programmes that advance the development of South Africa.

Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA) is the heart of entrepreneurial development and thinking at GIBS. The EDA specialises in understanding entrepreneurship, enabling business owners to understand the environment within which they work and thrive within it.


Media Leadership Think Tank (MLTT) | Personal & Applied Learning (PAL) | Responsible Finance Initiative (RFI) | GIBS Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

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Full-time PDBA

Leading in a Digital Economy

MPhil International Business

Global Executive Development Programme

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MPhil International Business

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PDBA (Part-time)

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PDBA (Full-time)

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Short Courses

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MPhil with specialisation in Corporate Strategy

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MPhil with specialisation in Change Leadership

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MPhil with specialisation in Evidence-Based Management

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AdvDip GM

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Forums & Conferences


GIBS Forums offer a broad range of discussions that enable you to stay abreast of developments in society and business. Forums are open to the public and usually take the format of an evening discussion.
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GIBS Conferences are open to the public and are one-day networking and knowledge sharing events. The objective is to provide the business community with a platform to engage with experts and inspirational practitioners on current and relevant issues. Topics vary from year to year, depending on the themes, pressures and opportunities in the business space at that given time.
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GIBS Illovo Hotel and Conferencing


Situated close to Sandton’s major business and shopping districts, Illovo Hotel offers both the business and leisure traveller quality, affordable and centrally located accommodation in one of the city’s most exclusive areas. Set in a quiet corner of the GIBS campus, Illovo Hotel is perfectly positioned to cater to travellers’ needs, ranging from business travellers attending meetings or conferences in Johannesburg, to large tour groups.

The GIBS conference and event facilities offer 13 state-of-the-art conference and event venues catering from 20 to 180 delegates. Our facilities are fully equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi access, extensive technical resources and cutting-edge equipment. Sound and lighting equipment, large screens and stage sets are also available upon request.

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