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About USB-ED

We develop and connect leaders during innovative and transformational learning experiences, which lead to the building of extensive networks and, in turn, give rise to positive change across the African continent and beyond.

Who we are

At the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (Pty) Ltd, or more commonly referred to as USB-ED, our business learning is world-class. We work with leading facilitators, corporate partners and international business schools to offer you the best in leadership and management development programmes across Africa, for both corporates and individuals. We develop and connect leaders through innovative and transformational learning experiences because we believe that empowered leaders can bring about change.

Our brand promise

We seek out long-standing and deep relationships so that together we can design and deliver people development that:

  • Aligns your purpose and ambition
  • Embeds and amplifies your values
  • Touches the hearts and minds of people you care about
  • Communicates and operationalises your strategy
  • Refreshes your culture
  • Prepares you for an inspiring future

Our Services

We believe that the best way to develop human capital is through lifelong learning. That’s why we offer a range of different education solutions in leadership, innovation and collaborative learning. This includes short courses for individuals and custom-made courses for corporate companies wishing to provide their staff with customised training informed by their needs. Our courses are presented through online learning environments, face-to-face or blended to incorporate various methods.

Our purpose

Providing people development solutions to realise potential and maximize sustainable impact.

Our ambition

USB-ED’s ambition is to develop people, impact business and transform lives.

Our footprint in Africa

We have a presence in three South African provinces, Western Cape (Cape Town), Gauteng (Johannesburg) and KwaZulu-Natal (Durban). We are committed to development in Africa, offering programmes in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, eSwatini, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and beyond Africa in the United Arab Emirates.

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In 2001, USB joined hands with the private sector to create an executive development company, namely USB Executive Development (Pty) Ltd (USB-ED) within the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Since then USB-ED has increased its South African footprint beyond the borders of the Western Cape by opening offices in Sandton and Umhlanga.

USB-ED hosts a range of events for its clients, participants and alumni throughout South Africa. These include the We Read For You series, Knowledge Sharing workshops and various forums.

Initially, USB-ED was expected to operate largely in South Africa. Yet today, we are providing high-quality executive development services throughout Africa and beyond.


In 2018, USB-ED initiated the launch of USB-ED Botswana. Through a strategic partnership with EOH Consulting, USB-ED is able to deliver programmes in-country.

USB-ED Botswana is in the process of registering with the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA). All USB-ED programmes in Botswana are accredited with the BQA either through EOH Consulting or through the Council of Higher Education in South Africa.

USB-ED annually hosts a series of Knowledge Sharing events for current participants, alumni and clients in Gaborone to gain expert insights, which they can implement and share back at their workplace.


USB-ED has partnered with the Leadership Group, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya in order to deliver programmes in-country.


USB-ED has been delivering programmes in Mauritius since 2014 through its in-country partner, Global Natives

USB-ED annually hosts a series of Knowledge Sharing breakfast and cocktail events for key clients in Moka, Mauritius to gain expert insights, which they can implement and share back at their workplace.


USB-ED has had a presence in Namibia since the early 2000s and offers a range of in-country programmes in Windhoek, Namibia.

Current participants, alumni and clients annually receive invitations to attend a series of Knowledge Sharing events in Windhoek and Walvis Bay, which afford attendees the opportunity to gain expert insights, to implement and share back at their workplace as well as new innovative programme offerings.


In Eswatini, USB-ED’s programmes are delivered through our in-country partner RES Corporation. Programmes are delivered via their Learning Academy at the country club in Simunye where accommodation is also available. RES Corporation and USB-ED have been delivering programmes in Eswatini since 2017.


We are an authentically African entity with globally benchmarked academic credentials.

We own the decisions we make and the actions we take.


The University of Stellenbosch Business School, along with USB-ED, has been awarded three prestigious accreditations, AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, resulting in what is known as the Triple Crown accreditation. Only 1% of business schools worldwide can boast this honour.



Articulation refers to the process whereby the credits achieved in a course offered by an institution are interchangeable with a different course, offered either by another institution or within the same institution. Through this process, the participant ensures that they do not repeat a module they have already completed and can move through the curriculum at a faster pace.

USB-ED has entered into articulation agreements with several institutions. These institutions have been carefully selected according to stringent, academic criteria and ease of access through online and blended learning.

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Strategic partnerships are essential in order to ensure that participants are exposed to the best learning and research environment. USB-ED therefore partners with various organisations and companies throughout the African continent in order to deliver comprehensive people development programmes.

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Certificates (print and/or digital)

On successful completion of USB-ED’s programmes you are eligible to receive a certificate from Stellenbosch University. For more information on the certificate and the certificate process for open enrolment, online and customised programmes, please view the download information below.

Open Enrolment / Online Programmes

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Customised Programmes

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