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Top 10 Business Schools in Africa


Africa is growing day by day and many investors are eyeing the continent as a business hub, today we will provide you with the top 10 business schools in Africa. More Africans are becoming an entrepreneur and they are playing their role to make the continent a better place.

Africa is said to be one of the continents to be business educations destinations in the future. There are many business schools in Africa countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and the Maghreb.

The continent is blessed with many resources and many top countries are eyeing the continent. More business schools are being established in Africa countries like Rwanda.

There are Western business schools in Africa contributing to business development in the continent by providing adequate knowledge to young Africans. Many local business schools are also putting in more resources to meet the world standard. HEC Paris as an example has a regional office in Ivory Coast, also Asian schools like China Europe International Business School of Shanghai have set up an in Ghana.

Many young Africans that have an interest in business want adequate education that will meet up with western education but many can’t afford the high fees. Africa business schools are rising to the occasion when it comes to the quality of education, they are affordable compared to Western schools and use learning materials related to the African environment which the learner with easily relate with.

Top 10 business schools in Africa

It is believed that in years to come, African MBA business schools will meet up with the western school and more business schools are expected to be established in the future. In this post, we will provide you with a list of top business schools in Africa.

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Top 10 Business Schools in Africa

Below is the list of the top business schools in Africa:

Gordon Institute of Business Science – South Africa

According to UK’s leading financial publication, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is the best business school in Africa. The business school is an affiliate of the University of Pretoria.

The school featured in the annual listing publication of the best business schools in the world for 7 years consecutively. In the 2020 publication, the school made it to the list of the top 50 business schools in the world, this makes it not only the best in South Africa but also the best in the whole continent.

GIBS was founded in the year 2000 and offers many courses for individuals and cooperate organizations. It offers courses like internationally accredited MBA programs, a Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration, a Doctorate in Business Administration, and many academic and executive courses.

Pan-Atlantic University – Lagos Business School

The Pan-Atlantic University – Lagos Business School top our list of top MBA schools in Africa. The school was accredited last year as a full-time MBA program in Nigeria by one of the authorities in business education, AMBA. Also, it the first school to get AACSB accreditation in Africa. The school was also ranked by CEO Magazine as a Tier One MBA program. Lagos Business School has gained recognition from top organizations in business over the year.
Lagos Business School was established in 2003 as a full-time MBA school for professionals with a minimum of three years of experience in the business industry. The school MBA program is for 18 months plus an additional three months for an internship. An abroad exchange program is available for students of the school. Lagos Business School Executive MBA program is well ranked in The Economist.

The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt

The American University in Cairo School of Business is one of the Africa business schools. It has three distinct accreditation from AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. The business school was rebranded in 2009 to create an environment that breeds brilliant business leaders and entrepreneurs.  It is well recognized among others due to its innovations and technology.

Strathmore Business School

Strathmore Business School was established in 2005 in Nairobi, Kenya, through a partnership with Strathmore University and IESE Business School, one of Spain’s top institutions. The school opened a new campus in 2012, a beautiful building that won in 2012 the best green building development in Africa. The school have AACSB and EQUIS accreditation

Henley Business School – Johannesburg, South Africa

Henley is one of Britain’s best business schools that have a Campus in Johannesburg. The school runs as a part-time MBA program and an MBA program which focused on the creative and music industries. It was ranked by prestigious business publications like The Economist and the Financial Times.

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University of Cape Town (UCT) – Graduate School of Business, South Africa

UCT Graduate School of Business makes the top business schools in Africa. The school offers students the opportunity to go on 41 exchange programs to give them global experience beyond Africa. UCT GBA is accredited by the AACSB and has contributed to using academic theory to solve problems in the business world. The institution is regarded as South Africa’s financial center.

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) Bellville, South Africa

The USB MBA program is AACSB-accredited, the business school focus on developing brilliant leaders to take the lead in the business industry. Each student of the school will undergo a leadership development program which will be done through learning by doing and experimental learning. The USB MBA program is for a year and it offers a great opportunity and quality learning to students.

ESCA Ecole de Management Casablanca, Morocco

ESCA Ecole de Management in Morocco is accredited by many authorities including AACSB. It was founded in 1992, it has 17 national and international programs, including a well-regarded, full-time MBA. The school is ranked by the international rating agency Eduniversal and made it to the Jeune Afrique ranking of the best business schools in French-speaking Africa. The school has alumni in top business organizations.

HEM Business School – Morocco

The list of top business schools in Africa is not complete if we did not include Morocco’s HEM [Institute des Hautes études de management] Business School. The school was established in 1988 and today it is the largest private-owned business school in the whole of Africa.

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This school attracts students from the whole Africa continent and offers various MBA, postgraduate, and master’s degree programs in courses like Industrial Management, Business Finance, Accounting Control Audit, and Marketing.

The school has many investors from all over the world including the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank affiliate.

The University of the Witwatersrand – Wits Business School (WBS) Johannesburg, South Africa

WBS was founded in 1968 in South Africa Business Hub, Johannesburg, and accredited by AMBA. The school has a long history with an enviable alumni network with more than 10,000 alumni who are CEOs of major corporates and successful technology entrepreneurs, not just in South Africa but all over the world.

Milpark Education: Milpark Business School Cape Town, South Africa

Milpark Business School was accredited by AMBA this year. The school offers business education as a digital degree through distance learning for two to five years. The school’s main focus is on business ethics, social responsibility, and the environment. It also offers courses in the basics of management and a broad range of other subjects.

The University of Dar es Salaam Business School – Tanzania

The University of Dar es Salaam business school is one of the business schools in Africa that made the list of top schools in the continent. The University was founded in 1961 as an affiliate of the University of London, it is one of the oldest public universities in Tanzania.

The university faculty of Commerce Management was transformed into a business school in 2008.

Strathmore Business School – Kenya

Strathmore Business School is one of the sought-after business schools in Africa due to its professional prestige and solid academic.

The school does not only progress in academia, it also influences Leadership and business in Kenya’s public and private sectors. It also contributes to the development of small and medium-scale enterprises in Kenya.

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