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USB-ED Accreditation and Ratings

Accreditation Status
USB-ED is accredited with the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) under the auspices of the University of Stellenbosch. The HEQC does not issue accreditation numbers to legally constituted training institutions such as USB-ED.​

South African rankings

In the 2017 Financial Times Executive Education ranking, USB-ED featured in the Top 100 schools internationally. 

USB-ED has been ranked by (Professional Management Review) as South Africa's top executive education institution and received the Diamond Arrow Award for seven consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
USB-ED has also been ranked by (Professional Management Review) as top provider of Executive Education by a Foreign Business School in Botswana (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and Namibia (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017​). ​

​USB Accreditation and Ratings

The USB's international standing and reputation is confirmed by the triple crown of international accreditations, AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.


International Accreditation

The School's international standing and reputation was confirmed when the USB became the very first business school in Africa to receive the EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation. The School was awarded this accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

In 2002 the USB achieved its second distinction by being the first business school of a South African university to achieve the international AMBA accreditation from the UK-based Association of MBAs. AMBA's accreditation criteria focus on every aspect of MBA provision, including the institution, faculty, curriculum and assessments. Most recent reaccreditation: 2012.

In November 2012, the USB became the first business school of African origin to achieve international AACSB accreditation for its MBA and other programmes. AACSB accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees. Less than 5% of the world's business programmes are AACSB accredited.​

International and local memberships

The USB is also a member of leading bodies in the international and African business school community, which includes the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) and Global Business School Network (GBSN)

Frequently asked Questions

Should you have any further questions regarding USB-ED's accreditation status, contact:
Joseph Kulutu

Co-ordinator: Academic Affairs​ (USB-ED), USB Executive Development (Pty) Ltd
+27 (0)21 918 4484
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