SOAS University of London

SOAS collaborates with University of Johannesburg to support teaching on governance and development

21 November 2013

SOAS, University of London scholars recently attended the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Soweto Campus to support the development of the UJ School of Leadership teaching programme.

The UJ School of Leadership programme, directed by SOAS alumnus Dr Sydney Mufamadi (MA in State, Society and Development, 2004; PhD, specialising in the Political Economy of the Automotive Industry in Several East Asian Countries and South Africa, 2009) promotes teaching, learning, thinking and research about governance and developmental challenges facing governments and other organisations throughout Africa.

The SOAS scholars consisted of Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development; Dr Jonathan Di John, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy; Dr Dan Plesch, Director of CISD and Senior Lecturer and Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics.

During their week-long visit the scholars contributed to supporting the course curriculum design, provided training in delivery modes and face-to-face teaching on short courses. At present there are four short courses available: Research Methods Awareness, Industrial Policy, Transitional Justice and Strategic Diplomacy.

Professor Cramer said: “SOAS is developing a partnership with the School of Leadership at the University of Johannesburg that perfectly fits the SOAS 2020 Vision and Strategy goals of closer collaboration with African universities. There will be mutual benefits, including closer links with governments, research degree and possibly Master’s degree recruitment, and research opportunities for SOAS staff.”