Who we are
The Wits School of Governance (WSG) is a post-graduate institution that works towards transforming the public, private and non-governmental sectors through education and building an Africa we all want to live in.
We do this by teaching our students skills that help them navigate their challenges with confidence and purpose. We believe in making education relevant to all people by hosting regular public dialogues, debates and talks. We form partnerships with different organisations, including those outside the higher education sector, to ensure that education translates into action.
We attract the best academics to teach our students and also have experienced practioners contributing to the classroom and debates.
WSG believes firmly that evolution and innovation is critical to our success as the nature of the world changes. We provide an environment which allows students to extend their knowledge of theory and practice in areas that complement their work challenges. It is important to us that our programmes have content that is aligned to global and local challenges. We educate over 1000 students and short course participants annually.
The School is located in Parktown, Johannesburg, one of Africa’s biggest cities and South Africa’s economic powerhouse. The School falls under the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand.
What we do
We work closely with government and community-based organisations in South Africa and across the African continent to:
- Support national and local public policy development, governance frameworks and institutional arrangements
- Enhance management systems, mechanisms and modalities
- Strengthen service-delivery, strategic planning, programme development and monitoring and evaluation
- Develop public finance capacity in almost all sectors of government
- Prepare our students to be global citizens while responding to local challenges
- Host several talks and debates on topics that directly affect us such as race relations, corruption, security and policy-related issues