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2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | FUTURE FOCUS
MANDELA SCHOOL LAUNCHED
The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, launched by
Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng in July 2018,
seeks to epitomise and promote the former statesman’s values
of ethical and selfless leadership.
While the school is currently
located on middle campus,
significant support from Atlantic
Philanthropies has enabled the
launch of a project to build a new
facility, which will include a public
centre of memory for Mandela in
the Cape. This will take the form of
an exhibition space curated by the
Nelson Mandela Foundation, as well
as a 250-seat conference centre.
The design of the memorial and
school building will be finalised
after an architectural competition
is held later in 2019. It is hoped
that the school’s home will
counterbalance the prominence
of the Rhodes Memorial, offering
an alternative visual and political
counterpoint, more integrated with
its surroundings and with the life of
the country.
Formerly the Graduate School of
Development Policy and Practice, the
Mandela School, as it has become
known, was granted rights to use
the Mandela name by the Nelson
Mandela Foundation in July. In this
way UCT was able to commemorate
the 100th anniversary of the birth of
our late former president.
The school is committed to
cultivating and supporting leadership
in African governance, placing a firm
emphasis on public sector reform,
accountability and trust in governance.
Several programmes and courses
are on offer, including a part-time
master’s programme for mid-career
public servants, executive short
courses for government officials,
high-level dialogues from experts on
the continent, and pan-African youth
leadership programmes.
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