Diploma in Sustainable Development

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Creating weavers of Just and Regenerative African futures

Are you interested in the field of sustainable development, developing a broad understanding of worldviews, global driving forces of change and practical examples of working alternatives?

The Diploma in Sustainable Development, delivered by Stellenbosch University’s School of Public Leadership in partnership with the Sustainability Institute, aims to address the great challenge we face in the world today: creating a new generation of responsible entrepreneurs who understand the world we live in, have the skills to set up the kinds of organisations that are appropriate to our new post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals context, and have a set of values that equips them for action in a complex world.

This education is place-based and is rooted in a mature, socially integrated and ecologically designed community, that includes a wide range of social enterprises in the farm, energy, craft, education, tourism and service provision sectors.

Why is it relevant?

Moving forward, it will not be possible for capable young people who are starting out in the world of work to depend solely on others to create opportunities for them.

More and more opportunities will arise from the need to invest substantially in repairing the future. There is a greater need than ever before to prepare capable young people for futures that are dependent on their own abilities to inspire, network, create and efficiently organise across sectors.

Overview of the Diploma

  • 3 year, 360 credit Diploma
  • NQF level (HEQF) 6
  • Designed to develop new class of South African developmental activists and social entrepreneurs
  • Strong focus on small enterprise development and management
  • For students looking for learning and development beyond the confines of a mainstream academic mould


The team

A video providing an overview of the programme


For more information visit the School of Public Leadership website,  or contact the programme coordinator at diploma@sun.ac.za or phone 021 881 3952. To apply visit www.maties.com.