The official launch of MANCOSA’s Master of Public Administration Degree Programme took place on Friday 28th October at the Durban Campus. The programme is specifically designed to target professionals within the public sector and aims to address the skills gap the country is facing.
Professor Enslin van Rooyen, welcomed the guests and highlighted that, “The Master of Public Administration Programme remains true to MANCOSA’s programme DNA and finds pertinence in more than once sense, such as:
- This programme is of international standards, yet retains local relevance to the extent that it is congruent with the millennium development goals, African Union Development imperatives as BRICS’ development agenda;
- The programme design and content attributes, reflect uniqueness by catering for a new generation of students who are eager to extend the boundaries of intellectual discourse;
- The research component requires participants to embark on research commensurate with true masters’ level requirements in terms of methodology. This will enable the graduate to proceed to PhD studies in a seamless fashion.
MANCOSA also invited Fawzia Peer, Deputy Mayor of Etekweni Municipality and MEC of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala, as key speakers for the event.
The South African public sector is short of Accounting and Financial skills and even more so in local government. The effects of the countrywide shortage of financial skills has a major effect on many organisations to meet their employment equity targets, as identified by Deputy Mayor, Fawzia Peer.
MEC Sihle Zikalala said in his key note address;
“The challenge of unemployment is not one that can be addressed solely by government. Equally, government cannot, act on its own to address the skills dearth afflicting our society, particularly the previously-marginalised. It is due to this acknowledgement of the need for partnerships that we welcome the intervention made by MANCOSA in coming up with a Masters of Public Administration Degree Programme.”
Applications for the programme are now open and further information can be found on our website www.mancosa.co.za.