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Gordon Institute of Business Science
University of Pretoria


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Founded in 2000, the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is an internationally acc​​​​​​redited business school, based in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub.

As the business school for business, we focus on general management in dynamic markets to significantly improve responsible individual and organisational performance, primarily in the South African environment and increasingly in our broader African environment, through the provision of high quality business and management education. In May 2015 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked GIBS as the top South African and African business school. This is the 12th year running that GIBS has been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2014 the GIBS MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. GIBS is the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.​

Sir Donald Gordon

The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is named after Sir Donald Gordon, in recognition of the contribution to South African business and a significant endowment to GIBS by Sir Donald Gordon, the founder and former chairman of Liberty Life.

Donald Gordon made a major financial contribution at the point of his formal retirement from Liberty Life. Gordon said the reason for the donation was to highlight his appreciation of the quality of the South African business environment, which had enabled him to become a success in the financial services industry, at home and abroad. Gordon's choice of education, as the sector in which he would put part of his financial success, reflects the importance of quality management in the business place. According to Professor Nick Binedell, founder and former dean of GIBS, South African businesses must continue to prepare themselves proactively for the challenges that lie ahead. There is consensus that one of the greatest challenges facing South Africa remains the skills required to be competitive. The Gordon Institute of Business Science prepares future executives, and helps current managers upgrade their skills to confront the emerging challenges through academic and executive programmes. Sir Donald's contribution is consistent with Liberty's view of education as a critical component in business. Indeed, one of the tenets of Liberty "passed on by Gordon" is that the company should put back into the community in return for the support it enjoys.

"Over the years, there has been a fundamental shift from simply looking at a project worthy of support, to projects that promise to be economically self-sustaining and those that center on education," says Hylton Appelbaum, who heads the Liberty Foundation.

Excerpts from the Opening of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Address by Sir Donald Gordon, 14 March 2000.

Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know; passion in business is everything.
In business and in family relationships, remember that the most important thing is trust.
Remember that overnight success usually takes about 15 years.
Never accept that existing practices can't be improved upon – there will always be a better or alternative way of doing things. If you identify them, see it through to the end with meticulous care.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Demand excellence from yourself and your colleagues and be willing to pay for it.
Take care of your reputation, it's your most valuable asset.
Learn to listen, opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
Watch for big problems, they disguise big opportunities.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
When starting out, don't worry about having enough money; limited funds are a blessing not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
Be tough-minded but tender-hearted.
Don't waste time responding to your critics.
Never give up on what you really want to do.
The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
Be bold and courageous.

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University
Founded in 2000
12 Courses

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Gordon Institute of Business Science26 Melville Rd,Johannesburg,2196JohannesburgGautengSouth Africa

Courses List

Equipping you for business life in the fast lane. As a driven university graduate in a hurry to get to the top, you leave university with good technical knowledge and start your career with little or no business experience. The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) is aimed at fast-tracking high-potential young graduates into the world of business. By combining a broad understanding of business concepts, practical applications and immediate transfer of learning to the work environment, PDBA students are at an advantage. Through a combination of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, business field trips and syndicate projects, you will gain im...

  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: Flexible
  • Price on application

"There’s a radical – and wonderful – new idea here… that all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analysers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on the world. It’s an idea with revolutionary implications. If we take it seriously." - Deborah Meier What is Spirit of Youth? The Spirit of Youth programme is a forum in which 11th and 12th Grade learners critically engage on relevant issues that they may better define and actuate the South Africa in which they would like to live. Learners are selected on the criteria that each has distinguished her- or himself as a leader in their school community. The expecta...

  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: Flexible
  • Price on application

Managing in today’s complex and ever-changing business environment demands constant investment to ensure that your knowledge, skills and capabilities enable you to advance your career. Your decision to pursue an MBA is one of the most life-changing steps that you can take for your personal and career growth.​ The GIBS MBA journey has been designed to broaden a graduate’s business, country and world view, and to enable them to develop their skills and business acumen to assume a general management role that requires them to lead a division or entire organisation. Through a potent mix of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, company visits and syndicate group p...

  • Master
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: Flexible
  • Price on application

The GIBS Programme for Management Development (PMD) is an innovative and stimulating learning experience. Both the content and design of this intensive programme have been based on a needs analysis conducted with South African business leaders.​​ ​​​​ Why choose the GIBS PMD? As you develop in your career, you often find that experience alone is not enough to provide all the answers. Our aim at GIBS is to provide you with education to supplement your experience. We have established the GIBS PMD to give managers in the private, public or non-governmental sectors several advantages. ​​​​

  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: Flexible
  • Price on application

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in General Management (GM) is a new offering at GIBS which is aimed at individuals who would like to gain a broad overview of business fundamentals in order to prepare them for the GIBS MBA journey. The PGDip is a nine-month programme. This offering resonates with managers who are self-driven and highly motivated and who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of business. It is for individuals who do not only want to become more effective managers, but also have the aspiration to progress onto the GIBS MBA programme.

  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Start Date: 1/10/2017
  • $ 5,900

An intensive programme designed specifically for senior managers who are moving into general management. This programme aims to broaden strategic and longterm thinking and build leadership confidence. ​ The business landscape is changing all the time and what works one day, may not work the next. Companies need to be more innovative, more motivated and quicker to respond than ever before if they want to adapt to present day-to-day challenges while still planning for future success. Whether they succeed or fail at this will depend on the quality of those trusted with leading the business. Unique features of the GIBS GMP This programme is a personalised journey of discovery and...

  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Start Date: 1/10/2017
  • ZAR 105,000

As businesses across the continent rise to the opportunities and challenges that managers and leaders face in starting, building and running businesses, we rely continually on theories and models of practice that often were created under very different circumstances and for different audiences. It's time for us to generate thought leadership that assists countries, businesses and leaders to make better business decisions. Our doctoral programmes are dedicated to developing the knowledge, skills and attributes that enable our students to contribute to creating thought leadership about business in Africa.​ The GIBS DBA is accredited through the Association of MBAs, making the degr...

  • Phd
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: 1/1/2018
  • ZAR 41,500

The African continent is flush with remarkable opportunities and daunting challenges. A creative network of individuals and institutions is finding innovative ways to address these challenges and build exciting futures, full of pot​ential, for our communities. We call these people social entrepreneurs. Social changemakers can build capacity, grow the social economy and tackle critical socio-economic issues. The flagship programme of the GIBS Network for Social Entrepreneurs, the Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP), is designed to provide social changemakers and entrepreneurs with the skills, creative thinking and networks needed to tackle the complex social and economic rea...

  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: 1/2/2018
  • ZAR 29,500

The programme consists of five components that collectively facilitate the development of various managerial competencies. Skills and challenges introduced in one component of the programme can be interrogated and tested in others. In this way, delegates are constantly learning and practicing new skills and also challenging their peers to find creative means for solving problems. The five components of the programme are listed below. Conversations with Extraordinary South African Businesswomen: Delegates will meet for intimate conversations with extraordinary South African businesswomen. This will provide delegates with the opportunity to ask questions and garner advice from t...

  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: 1/3/2018
  • ZAR 35,200

To Lead Beyond Boundaries refers to the capacity to make progress on the complex and complicated issues of personal, organisational and national life – issues that cannot be addressed by purely technical solutions; issues that have no easy answers; issues that require us to ask different questions and to look with new eyes.​ Our organisations and our nation require leaders who are able to identify boundaries within people and society and who have the innovative responses required to move beyond them. Nexus seeks to equip participants with both the skills and the passion to do this. Nexus is designed for people who want to engage with the question: ‘How can I be the leader that...

  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: 1/4/2018
  • ZAR 30,800

  • Executive Education
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: 1/6/2018
  • ZAR 225,000

Become a stronger leader and strategist who can help your business seize growth opportunities — locally, across Africa, and beyond. With 54 independent countries, Africa faces a distinct set of social, economic, and political conditions that create unique business challenges — along with exciting opportunities. To achieve their considerable potential, Africa’s businesses need executives who can design and execute effective strategies for growth within and beyond the continent. These leaders must also excel at creating innovative offerings, nurturing high-performance teams and organizations, and navigating rapid change in Africa’s dynamic markets. To build these exceptional...

  • Executive Education
  • On Campus
  • Gauteng
  • Start Date: 1/8/2018
  • $ 25,000