Gibs has moved up 20 places to 67th spot in the latest UK Financial Times (FT) rankings of the world’s top 100 executive MBA (EMBA) programmes in the world.

The publication’s rankings are based on data collected from business schools and their alumni.

The methodology is based on the career progression of alumni three years after graduation, school diversity, as well as research and the focus on business ethics and social engagement in the curriculum.

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Elements such as salary increase compared to pre-MBA remuneration and school diversity are also considered.

Gibs graduates saw an average increase of 59% in their income after completing the programme which is on par, with some top schools in China, Germany and the USA.

In terms of school diversity, elements such as the number of female faculty, female students and women on the board come into effect.

They also rate international course experience and international students and faculty.

When it comes to research, FT considers the number of articles published by the school’s faculty in selected academic journals.

Gibs ranked seventh in the world, following Insead and IMD, which came fifth and second respectively on the EMBA programme’s focus on CSR, ethical, social and environmental issues.

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Professor Nicola Kleyn, Dean of Gibs, said all the institution’s academic programmes place a strong emphasis on responsible management performance in their African context.

“We are delighted that the school’s focus on embedding social and ethical issues in its MBA curriculum has played an important role in securing the school’s position as the leading African business school in the latest FT rankings,” said Kleyn.