Short courses

Executive Development

Postgraduate students and professionals working in government, corporate or civil society sectors can register for a number of short courses focused on topics such as sustainable development, systems thinking, food security and sustainable agriculture, governance and leadership.

The courses are designed to challenge conventional thinking and open minds to new ways of doing and approaching the known, while incorporating the entire space at the Institute as part of the learning experience. The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes.

The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes. Please find more information below on the short courses presented at the Institute.

Sustainable Cities

A general and comparative understanding of the combined economic, social and environmental impact of the following three trends: the expansion of the world population to at least 9 billion people over the next 20 years, the transition to a predominantly urban world by 2005, and the negative environmental impact of urban systems that have yet to be re-designed in line with the principles of sustainable development.

This course provides participants with a general and comparative understanding of the combined economic, social and environmental impact of the following three trends: the expansion of the world population to at least 9 billion people over the next 20 years, the transition to a predominantly urban world by 2005, and the negative environmental impact of urban systems that have yet to be re-designed in line with the principles of sustainable development. Given that the majority of the world's largest cities will be in the developing world, it is these cities that will be the core focus of this course. Course participants will be required to critically evaluate and analyse current trends, and test and apply a range of policy alternatives. Central themes will include: - comparative history of the city across the developed and developing world; - current urban trends, including urbanisation, urban poverty, urban economic trends and local governance; - the challenge of unsustainable urban systems for food supplies, waste, energy, water and CO2 emissions; - the social dynamics of cities, with special reference to African cities; - globalisation and the changing role of cities in the global economy; - policy prescriptions for urban problems from the main international institutions (World Bank Group, IMF and United Nations); - case studies of sustainable development in practice.

Mark

Mark is a Distinguished Professor and Programme Coordinator: Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute.