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.

Comparative Studies in Regenerative Food Systems (INDIA)

India

This course will deepen the understanding developed in Systems and Technologies by way of a course that gets delivered in India in partnership with an NGO called Dharmitra. Led by Professor Tarak Kate, this course will provide students with a direct and hands-on experience of sustainable agriculture practices in Maharashtra State, India.

This course will deepen the understanding developed in Systems and Technologies by way of a course that gets delivered in India in partnership with an NGO called Dharmitra. Led by Professor Tarak Kate, this course will provide students with a direct and hands-on experience of sustainable agriculture practices in Maharashtra State, India.

Dharamitra has been carefully selected as the venue due to the rich learning context it provides, both as traditional agrarian landscape and an emerging urban centre that highlights the tensions of the global urban transition through a food systems lens. Course participants will be required to describe, analyse and critically evaluate the different options for ensuring food security from a sustainable development perspective, within a globalised food system. Central themes include an overview of globalised food systems; the historical development of South African and Indian agriculture; issues around malnutrition (hunger, overweight, micronutrient deficiencies); the impact of urbanisation on food systems in emerging economies and responses to all of these challenges. Mahatma Gandhi once lived in Dharamitra, and an exciting array of activists and academics are active here, who will be guest speakers during the course.

Target Group

This two week course, accredited by Stellenbosch University is targeted at post-graduate students and practitioners seeking to gain gritty insights and experience within emerging economy food systems.

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Shima was born in São Paulo, Brazil. A mechanical engineer for 10 years, he led teams in France, Spain before leaving his career to start a small consultancy business, which 12 years later became the 6th largest group of private universities in Brazil.

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Rosie runs the Young Women in Agriculture programme, and coordinates and co-facilitates the SI Explorers immersive learning journeys run in Nepal.

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