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.

Latest News

The new Call for scholarship applications is now OPEN!

The new Call for scholarship applications for the intake 2021 is now OPEN! Applications are only possible via an online application form.

All applications via email or hardcopy are not eligible.

The online application form is available in the "How to apply" sections of each Programme!

Please understand that we don't have the capacity to answer those questions via email, that can be answered by reading the Call text on the Website carefully. So please refer first to the information given in the "How to apply sections" of each Programme, before asking questions via email.

RUB Management visited SA-GER CDR

Accompanied by DAAD’s secretary general, Dr. Dorothea Rüland, RUB’s Rector, Prof. Dr. Axel Schölmerich and Chancellor, Dr. Christina Reinhardt, visited the DAAD funded South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) as part of an information visit of management members of German universities.

At CDR they met our DAAD lecturer Ruth Knoblich, CDR steering committee member Prof. Julian May as well as further staff members and Alumni of the centre.

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
Fax: +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294
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