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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is the Nelson Mandela School of School of Public Governance and when was it established?

    The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance also known as “The Mandela School” was established at the University of Cape Town in 2011, as the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice. It was renamed as the Mandela School on 5 July 2018. The Mandela School seeks to promote and inspire strategic public leadership in Africa.

  • Where is the Mandela School based?

    The Mandela School is based at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • What are the main activities that bring the Mandela School to life?

    The Executive Education Programmes, Academic Programmes, Building Bridges, and research are the four main components to the Mandela School’s activities.

  • What are the degrees offered at the Mandela School?

    The Mandela School offers a two-year part-time Master’s programme, Master’s in Development Policy and Practice and it is aimed at senior officials across Africa. The degree is offered with a mix of intensive on-site and distance learning, ensuring participants need not reside in Cape Town.

    In 2021, the Mandela School will offer a full-time Master’s degree for high-achieving graduates who are aiming for senior positions in the public sector. The School has capacity for a limited number of PhD students; preference is given to those familiar with the School’s academic approach.

  • Where can I get more information on the Mandela School’s academic programmes?

    For more information on the School’s degree programmes, please contact: elvina.moosa@uct.ac.za.

  • Does the Mandela School offer short courses?

    Yes. The Mandela School offers a range of short courses under the School’s Executive Education Programme. You may contact the School’s Programme Manager on recent offerings: hannah.diaz@uct.ac.za .

  • What is Building Bridges?

    Building Bridges is the alumni engagement platform of the Mandela School where participants from all the School’s courses and graduate programmes – established and emerging public leaders, policymakers and experts from across Africa – connect through various fora.