USB's vision, mission and values
Globally distinguished as the business knowledge partner in Africa
We develop responsible leaders through well-grounded business education and research
- Integrity: We are accountable and earn the trust and respect of all our stakeholders
- Inclusivity: We celebrate diversity and enhance inclusivity
- Innovation: We foster critical thinking and application
- Engagement: We shape business thinking and interact with wider society to promote the public good
- Excellence: We benchmark against the best and exceed expectations
- Sustainability: We act to ensure economic, social and ecological well-being
Why study at USB?
Three international accreditations
USB has quality guarantees in the form of AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. USB was the first school from an African university to hold all three international accreditations for business schools.
You will experience the international dimension at work at the School. The School's international participation is demonstrated by its three international accreditations, its international student body, visiting international faculty and exchange students, the compulsory MBA International Study Module at a foreign business school, its presence in many parts of the African continent, and partnerships with business schools on all continents.
USB is your business knowledge partner in Africa. The School has become known for its African-focused expertise in areas such as development finance, ethics and corporate governance, personal leadership development, management coaching, futures research and emerging-country economics.
A strong focus on leadership development forms part of our programmes – in particular our MBA and Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development. USB's leadership expertise is benchmarked against international standards and endorsed by a growing body of respected research institutions.
Collaborative learning is a key feature of USB's programmes, and this intense engagement contributes to the life-changing experience of studying with us. Each student brings different qualifications, management experience and cultural knowledge to the table. This diversity enables students to learn from one another and to work with different perspectives.
Networking and diversity
On your study journey at USB, you will collaborate with people from a wide range of cultures and countries. Students come from all over South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. This diversity will add depth to your learning experience and help you to build valuable networks of business contacts and fellow students that will last you a lifetime. Upon graduation, you become part of the USB Alumni Association with its more than 20 000 members, offering access to continued learning, networking and more.
USB's Career Services prepares students for their next career moves. Services to students include career planning and development, and exposure to career opportunities. Workshops prepare students for job interviews, assist them to prepare CVs and show them how to network effectively, among other things. Companies do regular on-campus presentations, and students have access to career-related resources.
USB creates business knowledge through its research centres, academic conferences and seminars, a research fellowship programme, the research undertaken by its faculty members and students, and its partnerships with the business industry and other academic institutions. The School shares its research with its students from all over the world, as well as with stakeholders such as alumni and business leaders.
USB's close cooperation with industry ensures an academic offering aligned with the needs of the world of work. Areas of alliance and collaboration include representation by the local and international business community on the USB Advisory Board and on the School's academic programme advisory committees (Roundtables). Partnerships between USB and industry include societal initiatives such as the USB Small Business Academy. It also includes the funding of students and the involvement of alumni in the school's activities (e.g. as mentors of new students).
USB engages with social issues in its research agenda, academic programmes and as part of its societal engagement programme. The school's main social initiatives are its Small Business Academy , its subsidised Management Programme for Non-profit Organisations and its bursary scheme. MBA students are exposed to social engagement projects, helping them to understand the role of business in society. All this comes down to increased responsiveness to the need for sustainability.
Everything within reach
The hilltop campus of USB is situated in the ever-expanding Tyger Valley business district, which is about halfway between the Cape Town CBD and Stellenbosch, home of USB's mother institution, Stellenbosch University. The campus is close to main access routes, the Cape Town International Airport, shopping malls, sports facilities, entertainment and first-class medical facilities. Also within easy reach are attractions such as the V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, Table Mountain (a World Heritage site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World), Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the neighbouring Boland area with its cultural heritage, scenic beauty and world-famous winelands.
Cape Town as top destination
As South Africa's second main economic centre, Cape Town offers a world of possibilities for business people. The city has a thriving service-based metropolitan economy where growth is often driven by innovation. Cape Town is also located in a biodiversity hotspot called the Cape Floral Kingdom which has 9 600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world. In 2014, World Travel Awards rated Cape Town as Africa's leading travel destination.
More about our history
USB has a proud tradition of producing organisational leaders since 1964.
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