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​The postgraduate programmes are delivered in teaching blocks, thus catering to the needs of both full-time and part-time students. As the course offerings are quite broad and the programme quite demanding, it is important that you make the choices that meet your needs and pace yourself accordingly. The following on-line orientation programme provides information that can guide you in this regard, so please read it carefully.

The School of Government was established in 1993 as part of a broad initiative to meet the education and training challenges of a post-apartheid society and as a means of supporting the process of social, political and economic transformation in South Africa.  It provides professional and academic training for the public sector at national, provincial and local levels, for NGOs, trade unions and other related organisations, and also engages in research, consultancy and policy advice.

While stressing the development of basic professional skills and competencies, the School also emphasises the promotion of a democratic ethos and more people-centred forms of governance. Originally conceived as a School of Public Administration, it was renamed the School of Government to reflect its focus on a broader vision of governance, informed by disciplines including public administration and management, political science, economics, international relations and development studies.

It is committed to supporting the training and research needs of community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and other institutions of the wider South African Society, to help the development of a balance between the state and civil society.  As a constituent party of the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences.  The school is committed to the following:

  • ​​​​equal access to education
  • community involvement and partnership
  • concern for local, national and global issues
  • lifelong learning to enhance the quality of life and development of people
  • participation and co-determination
  • programmes based on research-generated knowledge
  • equal opportunities for employment and advancement in society



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