A message from Head of School
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Wits Business School! This wonderful institution has transformed the lives and careers of thousands of graduates, and is one of the most recognised schools in Africa. The School has embarked on an exciting new chapter and we are moving closer and closer to our goal of becoming the leading business school in Africa, embedded among the best schools internationally. My passion is in developing the next generation of ethical leaders who are driven to leave this world in a better place than they found it. This will take agility, integrity and innovative thinking – skills we believe are critical in this changing and unpredictable world we find ourselves in. I hope you will join us on this amazing journey!
Prof Maurice Radebe
About Wits Business School
Wits Business School is the graduate school of business administration of the University of the Witwatersrand, a renowned research institution based in Johannesburg, the financial heart of southern Africa. The School forms part of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management.
Founded in 1968, WBS is one of the oldest and most respected business schools in Africa and continues to grow, evolve and innovate – repeatedly spearheading new areas of study to take the next generation of African business leaders into the future. Apart from our AMBA-accredited MBA, WBS offers the widest range of specialist Master of Management programmes in South Africa, and leads the field locally in new areas of research, including digital business, energy leadership and African philanthropy.
Our Executive Education division designs tailer-made, in-company management development programmes and a suite of open-enrolment short courses.
Situated in historical Parktown, Johannesburg, the WBS campus is an eclectic mix of old and new, reflecting both its history and heritage, as well as its growth and transformation. Wits University, home to four Nobel prize winners, celebrated its centenary in 2022. The enduring ‘Wits’ brand, recognised internationally, continues to symbolise academic rigour, research excellence and thought leadership on the African continent.
Our vision & mission
What we stand for
WBS will be a leading African Business School firmly embedded among the best business schools internationally.
Our mission is to graduate agile and ethical leaders who are a force for positive change locally and globally. We will achieve this through empowering education, relevant research and impactful public discourse. These will be informed by the principles of critical thinking, innovation and sustainability.
Quality and excellence are at the heart of everything we do and offer at WBS, be it research, customer service, rigorous academic programmes or community outreach initiatives. Excellence will ensure the school’s continued growth and sustainability, and ultimately the ability to fulfil our mission.
WBS places integrity above all else because success in fulfilling our mission and vision is meaningless if achieved unethically and without honesty and transparency. Integrity is expected from all staff and students in everything they do.
WBS strives to have a positive impact on the world around us to ensure that Africa thrives in the long-term. Rather than ‘quick fixes’ our focus is on the big picture, putting down meaningful roots for long-lasting growth.
Key to our success is to have our finger on the pulse of the changing needs of the market and the broader society we serve, without which we risk being stuck in the past, irrelevant and unable to fulfil our mission.
WBS exists to serve its students, its clients, its staff, its business partners, its community and its colleagues in academia. Without our stakeholders WBS has no purpose and cannot fulfil its mission.
WBS cannot achieve its mission in isolation – it is only by sharing ideas, knowledge and resources with businesses, organisations, government entities and our global community of scholars and academics that we can have a lasting, positive impact.
Meet the people behind WBS
Our Advisory Board members
Interested in a career at WBS?
WBS is growing and we offer a range of career options for both academic and professional or support staff
University of the Witwatersrand
Ranked one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa
WBS is the graduate school of business administration of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa, providing WBS access to arguably the finest ecosystem of knowledge and learning on the continent.
Wits has produced over 200 000 alumni. Among them are many illustrious artists, lawyers, politicians, business leaders, accountants and scientists who reflect the significant difference that our graduates make in the world today. It is the only university in Africa that has graduated four Nobel Prize winners: Brenner in 2002 for medicine, Mandela in 1993 for peace, Gordimer in 1991 for literature and Klug in 1982 for chemistry.
Visit the University of the Witwatersrand website at www.wits.ac.za