Release Date: 06 March, 2018

Wits Business School Celebrates 50 Years

Back in 1968, hot on the heels of UCT and Stellenbosch University, Wits University established the first business school in Johannesburg. It was part of the university’s long-standing vision to establish a centre of excellence in the field of business sciences, and the School proudly graduated its first MBA cohort in 1972.

Today, the School is still situated in the same historic campus in Parktown with the same Jacaranda trees and beautiful heritage ‘Outeniqua House’ at its heart.  Its flagship MBA programme is still a highly sought-after degree, and thousands of alumni around the world are proud to have Wits Business School on their CVs.

To celebrate this ‘golden milestone’, WBS has a number of events planned during 2018.  These include an infographic and exhibition stand showcasing its illustrious 50 year journey, a virtual memory wall, a ‘Fifty Years of Stories’ coffee table book and ‘Worth their Weight in Gold – a series of events with high-profile African businesspersons and alumni.  There will also be alumni reunions, a gala dinner and staff ‘street party’, a fun run – and more.

“So many special individuals, celebrated businesspeople, incredible staff and dedicated academics have contributed to what WBS has become over the past five decades. We want to honour those people, and invite everyone who has studied, taught or worked at the School to share their memories,” says Jane Balnaves, WBS Communications Manager.

For more about WBS’s 50th birthday, or to send your memories, anecdotes or photographs, please email