Stellenbosch ranked high on Aspen?s sustainability list

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The Aspen Institute in New York, USA, has ranked the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in the 70th position on its top Global 100 business schools which promote sustainable development by integrating social and environmental stewardship into their curricula. This makes the USB the highest ranked South African business school in the 2007-2008 edition of its international Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking.

This is the first time that the USB features on an US based ranking. We are very pleased to have been recognised in the American business school community, says Prof Eon Smit, director of the USB.

"The USB follows an integrated approach in preparing MBA students for the complexities of the social and environmental realities of global business,' he added.

Commenting on the survey, Aspen?s Centre for Business Education reported: "Compared to other business schools in our survey, the University of Stellenbosch offers a good number of courses featuring relevant content, and does a good job in those courses explicitly addressing how mainstream business improves the world. The USB requires [of students] seven core courses featuring relevant content.'

Originally, Aspen invited approximately 600 business schools from the larger pool of MBA programmes worldwide to participate in this survey and ranking. Those which submitted full survey information were ranked, and the top 100 identified.

Survey information of the University of Stellenbosch Business School is available on the www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org website. This site is viewed annually by one million visitors.

Only two other South African schools have made this list. They hold the 80th and 96th positions.