Henley UK achieves high appraisals in Financial Times, Economist, The Times and Sunday Times UK surveys

Henley Business School, a global top 1% business school, has more than half its total worldwide MBA students studying in South Africa. Henley has a network of 80 000 alumni across 150 countries and has campuses in Reading, Denmark, Malaysia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Dubai, Singapore, Sweden and South Africa.

A total of 107 Henley Business School Africa MBA students graduated this year, the highest number ever, representing 62% of Henley’s worldwide graduates. 36 of those students travelled to Henley UK for the international graduation.

Jon Foster-Pedley, dean of Henley Business School Africa, said the students are mostly senior managers with an average age of 38 years, 75% of whom are black African and 42% women. “Our students are internationally assessed by the same examiners as UK, Asian and European students and are currently passing with higher marks than their international peers.”

“Henley is one of only 1% of business schools in the world, and one of three in Africa that holds international triple accreditation from the AACSB (USA), AMBA (UK) and EQUIS (EU). This means that our students qualify with an MBA that is recognised worldwide,” he said.

Henley Africa, based in Johannesburg, has grown 600% over the past five years, during which time the MBA intake has tripled and moved from one intake to five intakes per annum. Henley has also launched a successful PGDip as a feeder to the MBA programme, as well as other accredited executive and management programmes.

“To date over 1100 students from Henley Africa have graduated with an MBA and we now have over 60% of Henley’s global MBA students at this campus,” he said.

Based on international appraisals, in the 16th edition of the influential Financial Times annual ranking of the world’s top 100 executive MBA programmes for senior working managers released on 16 October, Henley UK was ranked 47th worldwide and achieved the world’s highest ranking for the most gender-balanced faculty body with 47% women compared to the survey average of 28%.

The FT said that the Henley faculty were highly rated by the alumni, with one graduate commenting, “They were always approachable and highly supportive during difficult times”.

Henley UK has also maintained its strong standing as one of the world’s top 30 business schools in the 2016 Economist world ranking of full-time MBA programmes, announced on the 17 October,
achieving 27th position. There are some 13 000 business schools worldwide.

Henley achieved 1st position worldwide in the survey’s “Potential to Network” and “Breadth of the Alumni Network” categories, 3rd position in the “Percentage who found jobs through the careers service” category and 5th position in “Student Quality”. Henley also attained 10th position worldwide in “Personal development and educational experience”.

The Economist ranking was based on two surveys: school data reflecting the composition, diversity and quality of students, faculty and programme; and secondly an alumni and current participants’ survey that collects their evaluation of their MBA experience and its impact.

World Number 1 in two categories: Potential to Network and Breadth of Alumni Network
Mr Foster-Pedley said that as a result of a 70-year history of providing high-level business education, students and alumni benefit from potential engagement with the network of 80,000 alumni across 150 countries. “Henley’s international influence is underpinned by campuses and offices in 15 countries, most recently expanding with a new campus earlier this year in Malaysia,” he said.

 World Number 5 in Student Quality
He added that Henley MBA participants have a quality and depth of work experience that adds real value to their studies and to the achievements of their cohort. “Practical application based on real-world experience is an essential part of the learning experience at Henley resulting in a remarkable achievement of being fifth worldwide in this category.”

World Number 10 in Personal Development and Education Experience
This category included an appraisal of the quality of the programme content and the quality and diversity of the student body and faculty members. “Personal development is embedded in the curriculum and supported by ‘Henley Careers’ activities and initiatives for its students,” said Mr Foster-Pedley.

Professor John Board, dean, Henley Business School UK, said, “For 70 years our focus has been to empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders who act with integrity and once again this has been recognised in these global rankings. It is gratifying that the quality of the Henley experience and the impact on our participants’ careers is also reflected across other published results this year, including undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education.”

The University of Reading also strengthened its UK national ranking in The Times and Sunday Times ‘Good University Guide League Table 2017’, rising one place from last year to 31st. The rankings measure 128 institutions from across the UK.

This year Henley Africa celebrates its 25th year in South Africa. “Over the years, Henley has been the pioneer of a number of management education initiatives, including the concept of syndicate learning. The quality of learning is enhanced through a diverse group of students sharing their varied experiences and cultural differences. Over the past 20 years Henley opened 19 research centres and knowledge hubs worldwide that respond to the specialist needs of businesses, organisations and governments,” said Mr Foster-Pedley.

“In South Africa we will continue to differentiate as one of the leading business schools in Africa, also now with a strong focus on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.”