With Africa increasingly attracting investors and progressively becoming a business hub, it’s clear that the continent is ripe with opportunities. No one understands this better than the countless African entrepreneurs starting small businesses everyday, playing their role in transforming the economic narrative of the continent.
But what would a continent’s economic landscape be without its source of business knowledge and breeding ground for entrepreneurs? Business schools not only help nurture tomorrow’s business leaders but also work with companies, helping them take advantage of emerging opportunities and tackle challenges. The following are a select few of the numerous leading business schools in Africa.
1. Lagos Business School – Nigeria
2. Makerere University Business School – Uganda
The institution excels in business and management teaching and research, which explains why it’s viewed as the benchmark for Business and Management education in East Africa. Its faculties include the Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Management, as well as the Faculty of Computing and Business Science. The school also has the Faculty of Marketing and Hospitality Management.
3. Gordon Institute of Business Science – South Africa
Founded in 2000, the institution offers open programmes for individuals and custom programmes for organisations, with courses such as internationally accredited MBA programmes, Doctorate in Business Administration, Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and a wide range of executive and academic courses.
4. Strathmore Business School – Kenya
Strathmore Business School is one of the most sought-after on the continent, thanks to its solid reputation and academic prestige. But the institution excels in areas beyond academia – it influences leadership in Kenya’s private and public sectors.
Apart from its development of international executive business management and leadership programmes, the school contributes towards the development of small businesses in Kenya. It recently took a group of small and medium business owners to China on a 10-day educational trip, with the aim of exposing them to new business practices and experiences.Launched in 2005, the school offers MBA and other postgraduate programmess, as well as executive education programmes.
5. The University of Dar es Salaam Business School – Tanzania
6. American University in Cairo School of Business – Egypt
In 2013, the institution became the first business school in North Africa to feature on the yearly Financial Times’ list of top institutions in open enrolment and executive education, successfully positioning itself as one of the best in the world. The institution made the prestigious list again in 2016 – a clear sign of its strengthening position on the global map.
Despite education in the North African region having been deeply disrupted by the Arab uprisings, which swept through the region between 2010 and 2012, the American University in Cairo School of Business is one of the Egyptian institutions that managed to quickly pick up the pieces. The school has built a reputation for teaching executive programmes and entrepreneurship, particularly in the technology sector.
7. Wits Business School – South Africa
Established in 1968, the institution is based in Johannesburg, Africa’s economic hub. The school offers an array of executive programmes, including a Senior Executive Programme run in partnership with Harvard Business School, an MBA and other Master’s business degree courses, as well as variety of short courses. Wits Business School is also known for its design of programmes for companies, whereby it partners with organisations to come up with a solution to address the company’s business challenges or how to grow the business.
8. HEM Business School – Morocco
The school offers various master’s degrees and an MBA, with specialisations in Business Finance, Marketing, Accounting Control Audit, and Industrial Management. HEM has been attracting a slew of investors over the years. Its biggest to date is the World Bank affiliate, the International Finance Corporation, which invested US $7 million in 2013.
9. University of Ghana Business School – Ghana
The School offers a range of undergraduate, master’s, and PhD programmes under its various academic departments, including the Department of Accounting, Department of Finance, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and Department of Operations and Management Information Systems.
To enhance its academic offerings, the school collaborates with various business schools in Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia in the areas of academic programme, student and faculty exchanges, case studies, and research development. Some of these universities include the University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Reading (UK), Queens University-School of Policy Studies (Canada), and Hanabat National University (Korea).
10. The United States International University-Africa Business School – Kenya
The university offers various master’s level degrees, including Master in Business Administration, Executive Master of Science in Organisational Development, and the Global Executive Master of Business Administration. The school boasts several high profile alumni, including Vimal Shah, CEO of Bidco Africa, a multinational consumer goods giant based in Kenya.