Fifty six entrants into the Masters Programme in Sustainable Development will arrive at the Sustainability Institute on 30 January 2013 to participate in this year’s Orientation Programme. This year’s intake comprises 56 new students, 14 of whom are non-South Africans from 12 countries (including Tanzania, Kenya, South Korea, Nigeria, Germany, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Mauritius and Brazil).
Significantly, nearly half (23) come from the private sector, with only six from the public sector. Three come from the Non-Profit Sector, nine from the educational sector and twelve are full-time students. While men are in the majority (29 out of 56), the racial composition is half white, half black.
The most significant new trend is that the majority are doing the programme as full-time students (31 out of 56) despite the fact that the programme has been designed to cater for part-time students. This is partly related to the fact that there are a high number of international students who cannot practically do the course on a part-time basis.
An innovation introduced in 2013 is to extend the Sustainable Development module to run over two weeks rather than over one, and to deliver the Complexity and Systems Thinking module in the third week. Including the 3 day Orientation Week, the result is nearly a month-long introductory experience. In addition, creative practices will be introduced, namely art and eurythmy classes to complement the morning meeting in the hall and practical work which takes place before class each day.