Home > Short Courses > Overview


The Executive Education Programme offers high-level training in various public policy and development areas to senior public leaders and officials, as well as senior national and international actors in the private and non-profit sectors, and members of think tanks at the forefront of implementing change in South Africa and, more broadly, the continent.

The School’s range of short courses and workshops create spaces for engagement between researchers and practitioners, and help to equip practitioners and scholars to advance new thinking about, and practice for, effective governance, and to identify and develop strategies to respond critically and creatively to complex challenges.

All programme offerings are developed in response to demand and tailored to address particular themes and specific audiences. A number of courses are delivered on an annual or biannual basis: these courses include the Evidence for Policy-Making and Implementation, Understanding Poverty and Inequality in South Africa, and Innovations in Public Employment Programmes courses. Two more recently introduced course offerings include Implementing Development Projects in Africa (in partnership with the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa) and Strategies to Address Inequalities (in partnership with the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, LSE).

Other courses are developed as ‘once off’ course offerings: these may be linked together thematically with other courses, or function as stand-alone courses. The School has developed a series of courses related to the theme of urban development and the intersection between human settlements and public transport (Urban Safety Governance for African Cities,  Leadership in Local Government – Building Globally Competitive Cities,  Leadership in Public Transport for Spatial Transformation, Integrating Public Transport: Rethinking the role of the Minibus Taxi Industry), as well as related to the theme of regional economic development (Building Leadership in Regional Economic Development, Collaborative Leadership for Regional Development). These courses can be updated and delivered again, and new courses in these thematic areas can be developed.

While the course offerings range widely in topic, all courses are designed to ensure that participants are exposed to the latest and most recent relevant research and best practice, and are shaped by a strong focus on practical application within participants’ institutional settings.  A focus on strategic public leadership, core policy skills and public sector reform is woven through all courses.

Take a look inside our Urban Safety Governance for African Cities short course, offered in collaboration with the Safety and Violence Initiative (SAVI):