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Gordon Institute of Business Science


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At GIBS, you are assured of a business school experience that embraces technology and disruption, while, at all times, 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 leadership of Interim Dean Dr 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.


In a world reshaping its outlook and thinking as a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, a GIBS qualification gives you and your business the upper hand when it comes to co-creating strategy and ensuring corporate longevity and relevance.


In October 2019, the GIBS MBA was ranked among the top 100 globally in the prestigious London Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. In 2021, the GIBS MBA was ranked as having the best reputation among employers and the first choice for students looking to pursue an MBA in the country by the Financial Mail Top MBA Ranking. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Global Executive MBA 2021, ranked GIBS at number 52, placing the School’s MBA in the top 30% globally. In addition, in 2021, US-based CEO Magazine ranked GIBS 12th in its Global MBA Rankings highlighting the School as a Tier 1 business school.


The GIBS Executive Education offering was ranked in the global top 50 and – for the 17th consecutive year – as the top South African and African business school by the prestigious Financial Times in 2020.


Gordon Institute of Business Science


South Africa


26 Melville Road Illovo Sandton Johannesburg

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The School boasts a large, architecturally-striking, purpose-built campus in Sandton, Johannesburg – Southern Africa’s economic hub. The School’s location, 70km from the University of Pretoria’s (UP) main campus, ensures that it is embedded in the very heart of business and has become a core facet of its positioning as the “business school for business”. The location was chosen after an extensive search to ensure it is close to the head offices of large companies based in Sandton, but also close to the business conducted on the streets of Alexandra Township, which is less than five kilometres away. The prime location in Illovo Boulevard, a prestigious office development, is within walking distance to shopping centres, restaurants and the Wanderers, a major sports club.


The School is also situated on the Gautrain (rapid transit railway system) route, which significantly increases its student and delegate catchment area (particularly for those travelling from Pretoria), and facilitates travel to OR Tambo International Airport – an important convenience for international faculty, students and delegates, and those flying from within Southern Africa.

The campus and its facilities were designed to create a learning environment to stretch thinking, challenge existing ideas and encourage hard work, inspiration and innovation.


In designing the campus and its facilities, the founding director and former Dean, Prof Binedell, worked closely with the architects and designers to ensure Harvard-style lecture facilities, European-style quads and an all-encompassing African culture. The School’s energetic atmosphere, accessibility and attractiveness as a business venue are attested to the increasing number of business professionals who frequent the School’s coffee shop and restaurant for meetings.


These facilities consist of six raked classrooms, one raked auditorium, five flat floor classrooms, one Innovation Laboratory (805 seats in all) three meeting rooms, 39 Syndicate Rooms, an Information Centre, a coffee shop, restaurant and a 45 bed on site hotel (Illovo Hotel)


The School’s classrooms: The teaching venues have an interactive layout and are fully equipped with digital projectors, dedicated computers, a sound system including DVD player and Wi-Fi access. Other teaching aids include an overhead projector, a VHS player, roller boards, and fixed and movable white boards.


The School’s Information Centre (IC): This facility provides computing and library facilities.


The iGIBS studio: This is an on-campus, broadcast quality video studio optimised to produce high-quality short videos with top faculty and business people for dissemination through weekly emails (database of 80 000, web approximately 35 000 unique visitors each month) and, to a lesser extent, social media channels. Additionally, through the creation of high-quality impactful video content, the School can extend its impact beyond face-to-face, on-campus interactions. The studio also helps the School to produce podcasts and videos which students download as part of their course material to enhance their learning experience.


Average number of students: 923 (average of last 3 years)


Average number of teachers: 39 core courses – 2018 (additional 30 odd faculty with electives)


Average % of foreign students: 13.5% (average of last 3 years)


Academy of Business in Society (ABIS)

Academy of Management (AOM)

African Board for Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology (ABCCCP)

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Association of African Business Schools (AABS)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

CEEMANInternational Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies

Coaching and Mentoring South Africa (COMENSA)

European Foundation for Management Development


Executive Business Council (EMBAC)

Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching

Global Business School Network

Institute of Management Consultants SA (IMCSA)

International Coaching Federation

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

South African Business Schools Association (SABSA)

The institute for Leadership and Transformation

World Institute of Action Learning (WIAL)




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Executive Courses

GIBS offers a range of executive courses designed to focus on assisting organisations in developing individual leadership capabilities at a general management level down to specific functional areas. Find out more:

Academic Programmes

Post-graduate academic programmes that are deeply intensive and interpersonal, designed to push the boundaries of management education. We focus not only on knowledge and skills, but the overall development of the person as a leader. Academic Programmes are the flagship of the GIBS offering. Find out more: