Brief history of the Rhodes Business School

This is described in chronological order:

2000:               The Rhodes Investec Business School (RIBS) was established and Professor Gavin Staude, formerly Head of Department of Management at Rhodes University, appointed as first Director.

2001:               The first MBA students were enrolled and registered.

2004:               The first cohort of students graduated.

2004:               Mr. Hugh Herman, Chairman of Investec Bank, which provided the seed money to establish RIBS, was awarded an Honorary PhD by Rhodes University.  This award was motivated by RIBS.

2004:               The MBA programme was accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education.

2005:               RIBS introduced elective courses on Environmental Management which constituted a focused strategy and in addition, served as a basis for a differentiation strategy.

2007:               RIBS was ranked 80th in the world in the  “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” survey, which aims to measure how well an MBA programme equips students to guide a company through the complex relationship of business and society, where issues relating to the environment or the well-being of a community can impact a company’s performance and reputation.

2008:               RIBS repositioned itself in terms of “Leadership for Sustainability” and undertook to focus on achieving a balance amongst financial accountability, social responsibility and environmental responsiveness.  This philosophy and content was to permeate every course as far as possible.

2010:               Owen Skae appointed as Director, after the retirement of Gavin Staude. To confirm its commitment to the philosophy of “Leadership for Sustainability”, RIBS signed up for the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). The School is also an organizational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In November 2010, became a partner of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI).

                        RIBS ranked second in the excellence category by Eduniversal Business Schools of South African Business Schools and 6th overall after the so-called ‘Big Five’ (UCT’s GSB, Gordon Institute of Business Science, Stellenbosch, UNISA and Wits).

                        The last cohort intake of two and a half year coursework intake is admitted (prior to this it had been three years).

2011:               First cohort of two-year coursework class admitted. Post-graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management (PDEM), moves from Department of Management to Business School.

The School changes its name to Rhodes Business School, done by mutual consent with Investec Ltd.

Thought leader website launched, www.criticalthought.co.za, which has as its stated aim, ‘defining the true purpose of business’ to raise the profile of Rhodes Business School.

Record graduation of 15 students achieved.

2012:               Anglo American Corporation, agree to be our partners in GRLI. http://www.angloamerican.co.za/media/press-releases/2012/13-06-12.aspx

Record intake of 38 students onto MBA programme.

Launch a ‘blue ocean’ programme, “Certificate in Sustainable Business Analysis”, which has shown to be a significant contributor to job creation, partnering with Deloitte and funded by Fasset.

2013:              Partner with Duke CE for the delivery of a customised certificate programme for managers in the Oil and Gas sector.

Record graduation of 17 MBA students achieved.

Record 5 PhD students and 33 PDEM students registered.

2014:               Record graduation of 18 MBA and 35 PDEM students achieved.

2015:               Achieve AMBA accreditation for MBA provision.

                        Record graduation of 21 MBA students achieved.

                        Part-time PDEM programme launched.

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