Henley Business School


Henley Business School was the first business school to be established in Europe, in 1946, and has since built a pedigree of outstanding education for business and the public sector, recognised worldwide in international rankings, in accreditation, for its quality of students and breadth of alumni. At Henley Africa, we believe that "We build the people who build the businesses that build Africa", and our alumni work in senior positions in government, industry, media, business schools and NGOs. We are part of the University of Reading, and one of the global top 200 universities for research. Although steeped in science with over 17 research centres, we believe business is more than science and requires confident, engaged managers and leaders who can create and deliver outstanding value through their organisations and so build a better, prosperous Africa. In the 2017 The Economist UK rankings Henley was rated number 1 worldwide for their ‘Alumni Network’. In the recent 16th edition of the Financial Times (FT) annual ranking of the world’s top 100 executive MBA programmes for senior working managers, Henley Business School UK was ranked the most gender-balanced faculty body worldwide with 47% women compared to the survey average of 28%. Henley achieved 47th position overall. Henley Business School also maintained its strong standing as one of the world’s top 30 business schools in the October 2016 Economist world ranking of full-time MBA programmes, achieving 27th position overall, and first place in two key categories. Henley achieved first position in the survey’s “Potential to Network” and “Breadth of the Alumni Network” categories and third position in the “Percentage who found jobs through the careers service” category. Henley also attained fifth position in “Student Quality” and 10th position worldwide in “Personal development and educational experience”. In the prestigious 2016 UK Financial Times annual international global survey of business school executive education programmes, Henley Business School Africa has achieved the highest ranking for any business school accredited in Africa. The survey included all the international executive education operations of Henley in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Germany and Africa of which South Africa was the largest by far. The South African results made a significant contribution towards the raising of the total ranking. Henley was ranked 20th overall in the world, up nine places from 29th in 2015 and achieved third position in the UK. Categories evaluated covered course design, aims achieved, teaching methods and materials, faculty quality, and new skills and learning. Henley was also in the top 20 worldwide for repeat business and growth based on its Fortune 500 clients returning year on year.


Unlike many other business schools that offer a linear experience that force-feeds theory to students, Henley Business School offers a holistic learning system.

By blending theory with practice, our holistic learning system means you can look forward to a business education that provides you with insightful business acumen, the ability to both master yourself and lead and manage others, and exceptionally relevant and practical theory that is tried and trusted in practice in your own workplace.

Having grown by over 700% in the last six years and transformed from 30% to 64% black students on the MBA and 20% to 68% black members of staff, with extensive involvement in South African development of NGOs and scholarships through our MBAid programme, we are deeply committed to African transformation.



Because of affiliations with Henley Business School in the UK (the oldest business school in Europe) and the University of Reading in the UK we provide an unique blend of the best of international scholarship with the best of African understanding.

We have a range of South African qualifications from entry level managers programmes at NQF level 5 through to Masters of Business administration at NQF level 9. Our MBA is also a full international qualification accredited in the UK.

Henley Business School Africa is an African business school accredited by the Council on Higher Education in South Africa and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education provider. We are also the only international business school in South Africa that has triple accreditation status from the foremost accreditation bodies in the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA.

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