School of Government, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

The School of Government (SoG) 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.


The SOG provides professional and academic training for personnel in the public sector at national, provincial and local levels, as well as for NGOs, trade unions and other related organizations.

It offers a range of inter-disciplinary courses at the certificate, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to full-time students, in areas such as governance and public management, public policy, development studies, citizenship and democracy, and land and agrarian studies. These include:

  • Higher Certificate in Economic Development (Delivered by Fair Share)
  • B.Admin and B.Admin (Honours) Degrees in Public Administration
  • Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Administration (M.Admin) by full-thesis
  • Postgraduate Diploma and M.Phil in Land and Agrarian Studies (Delivered by the Programme for Land and Agriarian Studies ' PLAAS)
  • Honours and Masters in Development Studies (Delivered by the Institute for Social Development).
  • Doctoral degrees in these various disciplines.

In all these programmes the School places a major emphasis on educational redress, the recognition of prior experiential learning, and the promotion of life-long learning.

It also engages in research, consultancy and policy advice contributing to a number of White Papers and other key policy documents at national, provincial and local government levels.

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The deadline for the Call for scholarship applications for the intake 2020 has expired!

The deadline for the Call for scholarship applications for the intake 2020 has expired! Applications submitted after the 30th June are not eligible!

Visit of two members of the German Federal Parliament and the Consul General at the SA-GER CDR

On 7th February the two members of the “German Federal Parliament”, Ulla Schmidt und Dagmar Freitag, who stayed in South Africa for taking part in the 2019 State of the Nation Address by the South African President Cyral Ramaphosa, used the opportunity to as well visit two DAAD funded Centres of Excellence in Cape Town together with the Consul General Matthias Hansen.They first visited the African Institute for Mathematical Studies (AIMS) in Muizenberg and afterwards the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR).

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Contact Details South Africa

School of Government, University of the Western Cape

Robert Sobukwe Road
Cape Town, 7535, South Africa
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
Republic of South Africa
Tel: 002721/959 3858

Contact Details Germany

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University Bochum

Universitätsstr. 105
Room 2.04
D-44789 Bochum, Germany
Tel: +49-(0)234 / 32-22418, -22243
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