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.

Systems & Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture

This course introduces the philosophy and principles underlying alternative sustainable farming systems (e.g. organic farming, biodynamics) and applies them to different crop and animal production systems through case study teaching. 

Agriculture needs to become more sustainable to meet the needs of our growing global population within the environmental limits we face. Students will learn about using the inputs of soil, water, energy, labour and capital (assets) in a sustainable way that includes local environmental conditions, economic considerations and social networks.

Target Group

Postgraduate students, professionals and practitioners working in government, corporate or civil society sectors who wish to explore the philosophical underpinnings of alternative agricultural production systems. Exciting farm visits will introduce some of the more practical aspects of these farming approaches, but the course is largely theoretical in nature.

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Raymond is Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resource Management, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.