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M.Phil in Development Policy and Practice: applications for 2015
27 May 2014 - 10:15
The School’s mission is to promote and inspire strategic public leadership in Africa and to promote peer networks and linkages between leaders in government and in other fields such as academia, business, civil society and the arts.
The goal of the two-year, part-time M.Phil is to equip participants in the programme with a new set of skills to enhance their capabilities as strategic leaders in the public sector, civil society or international organisations. The School actively targets broad African participation, aiming at 50% representation from beyond South Africa with classes kept to around 25 students.
Admission is highly selective, based principally on track record, achievements in the public service (or civil society), and high potential. Applicants must have a four year degree, or its equivalent, with an acceptable baseline of academic performance.
Each semester is divided into two segments: an intensive, face-to-face sixteen day ‘block release’ segment; and a distance learning segment. During the distance learning, participants (with support from GSDPP faculty) work on assignments designed to draw on perspectives and tools explored during the intensive segment addressing real challenges in students’ work settings. In the course of the face-to-face ‘block release’ segment, faculty work on a one-to-one basis with participants to define and refine the focus of their distance-learning assignments. The principal focus of the M.Phil is on skills which are not conventionally taught within disciplinary programs, but which are key to effectiveness as leaders.
The closing date for applications is 5 September 2014.