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Posted 11 December 2023

Wits Business School is thrilled to announce that we have received full AMBA re-accreditation for the next five years!

Wits Business School, part of the University of the Witwatersrand, has officially received re-accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities in post-graduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA and recent MBA alumni of Wits Business School are invited to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 60,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries on a free basis, for networking, thought leadership, career development, and a variety of benefits.

Accreditation from the Association of MBAs represents the highest standard of achievement in post-graduate business education. Its rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-calibre programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction achieve Association of MBAs accreditation.

Wits Business School is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. AMBA accredits the MBA, MBA in the field of Healthcare Leadership and the Executive MBA at the school.

During the accreditation process conducted by AMBA, members of the accreditation panel, representing senior management at AMBA accredited business school, commended the focus on ethics, sustainability and governance at the school. Particularly, the analysis and adoption of the critical SDGs within the school’s purpose and activity was seen to be important and impressive by the panel. They also noted that the students were genuinely excited about this initiative.

The panel was also impressed by the schools’ facilities, noting that the school provides a good balance of traditional and state-of-the-art learning environments which are conducive to reflection, discourse and collegiality.

Finally, the panel mentioned that the Case Centre at the school is an exemplar to international business education.

Professor Maurice Radebe, Head and Director of Wits Business School, said: “We are thrilled to have achieved a further five years’ accreditation with AMBA. This is the result of incredible dedication and hard work on the part of our professional, support and academic staff. As a leading African business school, it is extremely important to benchmark ourselves against the best in the world. I would like to thank the AMBA panel for their support during the accreditation process.”

AMBA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programmes should be of the highest standard and consider changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education. Its accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation, and demanding business schools to perform at the highest level continually.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (BGA) said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who worked towards this accreditation at Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand. AMBA only accredits the top 2% of business schools in the world, and we are proud of have Wits Business School as part of this exclusive network. The school should be proud of its implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals within its initiatives.”

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About Wits Business School

Wits Business School (WBS) is the graduate school of business administration of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), a highly ranked African research institution. The University, which celebrated its centenary in 2022, is renowned for the influential role it has played in South Africa’s socio-political history and boasts four Nobel prize winners among its alumni body, including former president Nelson Mandela. The enduring ‘Wits’ brand, recognised internationally, continues to symbolise academic rigour, research excellence and thought leadership on the African continent.

WBS was founded in 1968, making it one of the oldest and most respected business schools in Africa. The School 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 the MBA, WBS offers a wide range of specialist Master of Management programmes and cutting-edge leadership executive development, and leads the field locally in new areas of research, including digital business, energy leadership and African philanthropy.

WBS is the only business school in Africa to be a member of the Partnership in International Management (PIM), an association which promotes global student and faculty exchange programmes. Each year a number of students from business schools around the world attend our MBA programme for their electives. Equally, a number of our own students choose to study at partner business schools overseas.  Partnering with top global academic institutions is central to our mission, which 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”

WBS is proud be fully accredited with the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS).