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Author: Prof Lorna Holtman

 "Welcome and congratulations with embarking on your postgraduate journey. We look forward to joining with you in collectively bringing about extraordinary change in the world within which live”.​

From the Desk of the Director: Division (transition to) School of Postgraduate Studies (D/SPGS)

In 2014 the Council of the UWC accepted the recommendation of the Postgraduate Review Committee (PRC) to establish a School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS) at UWC. The strategic importance of the SPGS, within its global and institutional context, is validated by a recent review of higher education in South Africa, twenty years into democracy. In this review, the Council on Higher Education (CHE) draws attention to a number of developments in South Africa that have been important in building South Africa’s research capacity and its ability to participate competitively within a global ‘knowledge economy’. While the Review recognizes important indicators of progress, it also suggests that much still needs to be done by South African universities to contribute more substantially within this global context to the country’s knowledge requirements and enhance its global competitiveness. The Review also re-affirms the arguments consistently made in South Africa’s post-apartheid policy framework “...that the most successful societies in the future will be those that optimise the creation, distribution, and utilisation of knowledge or information...” (CHE, 2016: 197). Read More

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