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South African Business Schools Association



To articulate, advocate and actively promote the values, benefits and contributions of management education that are necessary to stimulate inclusive growth and meaningful transformation of the South African economy.

The bedrock on which SABSA’s mission is based is the need to address the critical shortage of high-level managerial and entrepreneurial skills in the country particularly amongst women and the previously disadvantaged.

SABSA's mission is therefore driven by three fundamental and interlocking imperatives:

  • campaign for sound and effective policies on matters pertaining to the education of future business leaders;
  • provide meaningful and relevant professional services to its members;
  • communicate a more dynamic public profile.

Our Purpose:

SABSA is dedicated to applying its energy, talent and resources to the establishment of a vibrant, collaborative and collegial learning environment. It is committed to advancing the professional development of all members of the community, while striving towards a global reputation of excellence. SABSA seeks to build and nurture relationships with South Africa’s business community and business communities around the world. Finally, SABSA pledges itself to behaving ethically, with integrity and professionalism, toward internal and external stakeholders, which include current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, the member schools and the various communities of which it is an integral part.


Our Vision:

To be a global architect in generating new knowledge and thought leadership so that member schools can be a catalyst for both transformative social change and economic prosperity.


Our Core Values:

SABSA’s core values are a commitment to a transformative educational environment predicated on equity, tolerance, dignity and social justice in which compassion, cooperation and respect are paramount.

SABSA is committed to addressing the concerns of diversity, gender equality, transformation and the cancer of inequality, all of which are substantial obstacles on the way to achieving quality management education. SABSA stresses the importance of integrity and ethics, and seeks to cultivate a sustainable environment of excellence in all of its activities. In a society rich in cultural diversity, SABSA strives for mutual respect, dignity and understanding so as to foster a vibrant and compelling learning community.


SABSA’s Purpose and Aims:


As enumerated in its constitution, the purpose and aims of SABSA are as follows:


  • promote the collective interests of its members;
  • provide a forum through which the needs, views and concerns of its members can be expressed;
  • promote co-operation with other associations having similar objectives;
  • serve as a forum for the discussion of relevant education legislation;
  • assist in the development of teaching methodology;
  • assist in the development of research in the areas of business and management;
  • organize academic conferences;
  • assist in the development of those business schools in earlier stages of development;
  • contribute towards developing an appropriate quality assessment system for business education in South Africa.


Strategic Intiatives


  • to advocate and promote the important role and contribution of business education and research, within our universities, to government, industry and the public;
  • to support innovative efforts which enhance skills development, quality teaching and dedicated research;
  • to articulate the collective insights and perspectives of global thought leaders pertaining to management education;
  • engage with business to enable SABSA to become a partner of choice in a complimentary relationship based on symbiotic interests;
  • to ensure a vibrant, functioning platform for the delivery of business education of the highest standard and quality;
  • secure financial and corporate support to advance the mission of SABSA;
  • work to overcome the legacy of inequality, poverty and gender discrimination
  • collaborate with similar management associations as well as business and government;
  • institute professional development programmes to build capacity for member schools;
  • acquiring global recognition and presence;
  • enhance relationships with the business community;


Association of African Business Schools (AABS)


To promote excellence in business and management education in Africa by supporting graduate business schools through capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement.

By training current and future leaders in their home markets, business schools in Africa play a critical role in laying the groundwork for private sector development. Its programmes build effective business schools in order to improve the practice of management in African organisations and to enhance the relevance and contribution of business schools to policy debate on African development research and policy development. AABS demonstrates our members’ commitment to increase significantly the contribution that business schools make to the economic and general development in the African continent. www.aabschools.com or info@aabschools.com



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 Anne Wilson

General Manager

Anne Wilson


anne@sabsa.co.za / info@sabsa.co.za



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