The Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) is an academic college within the University of South Africa (Unisa).

In 1965, following the advice and active support of senior South African business leaders, Unisa decided to introduce a Master of Business Leadership (MBL). The success of this programme, coupled with the unique characteristics associated with a multidisciplinary degree led, in 1969, to the establishment of the SBL as an autonomous body within the university. As its name and that of its flagship programme (the MBL) indicate, the emphasis from the start has been on leadership development as opposed to administration.

Regarded as one of the top business schools in South Africa, the SBL has produced more than a third of all the MBL/MBA degrees awarded by South African universities since its inception.

Driven by a philosophy of innovation, social responsibility, ethical engagement and global connectedness, the success of the SBL’s approach is demonstrated daily by achievements of the people and organisations who have participated in their programmes. Many SBL alumni hold senior positions in world-class companies.

Our Vision:

Our ambition is to be the leading business school in Africa, trusted to create leaders of distinction 

Our mission:

To extend the boundaries of thought leadership for maximum impact in society

Our values:

We have developed a core set of values, which are central to everything we do; and Trust is the overarching value that underpins all our values.


Last modified: Mon Aug 07 18:54:38 SAST 2023

Telephone: +27 11 652 0248 / +27 11 652 0291


Physical Address:
Cnr Janadel and Alexandra Avenues
Midrand, 1686
Gauteng, South Africa
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