• The University of Cape Town’s Executive MBA programme has been included in the Financial Times' list of the global top 50 programmes.
  • It has also been voted as the best EMBA in Africa.
  • The programme is one of the fastest growing postgraduate degrees at UCT.
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The University of Cape Town’s Executive MBA programme has cracked the global top 50, coming in at 47, according to the latest Financial Times rankings.

It is the first time an African programme received the prestigious global nod.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) has also now been ranked by three separate organisations (including Eduniversal and Quacquarelli Symonds) as the best EMBA in Africa.

The only other African programme to feature in the 2019 ranking is the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, which is ranked at 82.

“This is a big deal,” says interim director of the UCT GSB Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran. “This ranking is a significant endorsement for the innovative work we are doing here in Africa to find better ways to produce ethical, aware and empathetic leaders capable of leading with impact in the 21st Century.”

The EMBA ranked 10th globally for Career Progress and 5th for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Career Progress is calculated according to changes in the level of seniority, and the size of company alumni work in now, versus before their EMBA. CSR measures the proportion of core courses dedicated to CSR, ethics, social and environmental issues.

The programme, which has been running for 21 years, is one of the fastest growing postgraduate degrees at UCT and is known for its focus on the practice of management and leadership rather than on traditional training in business functions.

The unique degree is designed to expose students to different ways of viewing and being in the world, and to produce graduates who are solving the complex problems of our times, UCT says.

It doesn't come cheap, though. In total, the two-year programme will cost you more than R380,000. According to the university's website, the first year costs R192,660, while the second year will be R173,420 - and you will also have to pay an "application fee" of R15,000.

Compiled by Estrelita Moses.

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