Over the Counter - MBA quality in South Africa

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May, 2003

OVERSEAS OVERWHELMED
A Bulletin for Canadian International Education Professionals
Issue 3.19
May 21, 2003

Joining in the increased global demand for an MBA education, South Africa experienced a reported 82% growth in the market between 1998 and 2000. In 2002, as many as 5,000 MBA students were registered in South Africa’s private institutions. In an attempt to address growing concerns surrounding the quality of the nation’s MBA programmes, South Africa’s Council on Higher Education (CHE) has implemented the MBA Re-Accreditation Process project.

Saleem Badat, Chief Executive Officer with the CHE, indicated to Higher-Edge that the nature of the demand for an MBA is leading to similar off-shoots targeted to specific fields. He stated that “the MBA may not necessarily be appropriate graduate education and training for senior management positions in all fields. However, high quality programs similar to the MBA that are appropriate for these (other) fields may either not exist or may not enjoy the reputational brand that the MBA enjoys, further intensifying the demand for an MBA qualification”.

The Re-Accreditation Process is to encompass the 54 MBA programmes offered in South Africa’s approximately 24 registered private and public higher education institutions, by means of surveys and site visits. Schools that do not pass the CHE’s set standards will be shut down by the end of the year and will have their accredited status revoked.

Sources:

http://www.bday.co.za/bday/content/direct/1,3523,1344513-6079-0,00.html and http://www.suntimes.co.za/2002/06/16/business/surveys/survey13.asp