The School of Government was established by the University of the Western Cape (UWC) 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 and the Southern African region as a whole. 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.
Through its experienced and cosmopolitan staff, the School provides professional and academic training of personnel for the public sector at national, provincial and local levels, as well as for NGOs, trade unions and other related organisations. It also engages in research, consultancy and policy advice, and has contributed to a number of White Papers and other key policy documents at the national, provincial and local government levels.
Through its core staff and constituent units, and its links with African and international tertiary institutions, the School offers a range of inter-disciplinary courses at the certificate, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to both full-time and part-time students, in areas such as governance and public management, public policy, development studies, citizenship and democracy, and land and agrarian studies.