Inaugural MPhil graduates have key role to play in shaping Africa’s future

20 June 2016
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PHOTO BY: Liam Cornell

It was a cold and rainy day at UCT, but nothing was going to dampen the enthusiasm of the group of inaugural graduates from the UCT Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) who had gathered for a celebratory lunch after their graduation ceremony.

Saarah Salie, Takalani Rathiyaya, Quinton Mageza, Lucas Malambe (all from South Africa), Maybin Nsupila (Zambia), Percy Makombe and Rwakurumbira Munyaradzi (both from Zimbabwe) are the first seven to graduate from the GSDPP with an MPhil degree in Development Policy and Practice. The Master’s in Philosophy degree is now in it’s third year, with plenty more graduates in the pipeline.

Pioneer class starts to graduate

15 June 2016
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PHOTO BY: Liam Cornell

June 14 is an historic day for the School and is one that we are immensely proud of. It is the day that the first 7 students from our pioneer class graduated, two of them with distinction. The Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice was offered for the first time in 2014 and is a 2-year part-time degree.

Our congratulations go to Mr Quinton Mageza from South Africa, Mr Maybin Nsupila from Zambia (pictured above on the left), Ms Saarah Salie from South Africa, Mr Rwakurumbira Munyaradzi from Zimbabwe (pictured above in the centre), Mr Percy Makombe from Zimbabwe, Mr Takalani Rathiyaya from South Africa (pictured above on the right) and Mr Lucas Malambe from South Africa.

MPhil Applications Closing 5 September

26 August 2015
LOW RES A4 Philosophy poster 2016 FINApplications for the 2016-2017 programme for the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice closes on September 5 2015. The two-year, part-time programme is aimed at senior officials from across Africa and offers students a multi-disciplinary degree with a balance of theoretical and practical skills. The pioneer class are currently preparing to graduate. Listen to what their experience has been of the programme.

A mix of intensive on-site and distance learning is used, so that participants need not reside in Cape Town. It actively targets broad African participation, aiming at 50% representation from beyond South Africa and brings globally-recognised faculty to the classroom. The 2014 intake of students come from Zambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya and South Africa whilst the 2015 intake come from Uganda, Zambia, DRC, Tanzania and South Africa. Listen to what the current intake think of how the programme has helped them in their workplaces for far.


M.Phil applications now open for 2016 intake

13 May 2015
MPhil poster at Africa Month ExhibitionThe School's Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice develops your potential in strategic public leadership and offers a structured and sustained learning opportunity, at the cutting edge of global knowledge and experience. Participants undertake applied research in public policy design and implementation. The course is offered on a part-time basis with 4 two-week intensive blocks in Cape Town over two years. The goal of the M.Phil is to equip participants with a new set of skills to enhance their capabilities as strategic leaders in the public sector, civil society or international organisations.

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Matt Andrews on policy reform and implementation

28 August 2014
matt a 2Watch an excerpt from the lecture ‘Context and the difficulty of reform and policy implementation’ by Prof Matt Andrews of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

His lecture formed part of the teaching block to the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice’s 2014 M.Phil class.

This is the type of world class teaching you can expect from our M.Phil course with real life examples and cutting edge academic thinking around the problems of modern governance.

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