The core business of the Centre for Governance Studies is:

  • to apply the academic expertise at the North-West University and elsewhere in a sustainable manner so as to make a positive impact on the public sector, with particular focus on the local government sector of the North West Province
  • to present appropriate short learning and formal programmes of distinction in an innovative and cost-effective manner
  • to initiate and facilitate consultative interventions
  • to launch initiatives (such as seminars, conferences, and winter/summer schools) where public service problems can be addressed
  • to examine, with the relevant research entities, problem areas in the public sector, and to devise possible solutions and suitable recommendations.

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  Strategies to promote the core business:

  Teaching-learning

  • Presentation of non-formal short learning programmes (SLP's) and short courses
  • Presentation of formal programmes (qualifications)
  • Exposure of facilitators to alternative teaching-learning initiatives (action learning, blended learning, and e-learning)
  • Liaise with industry in order to develop practice-oriented curricula and learning material
  • Exposure to “unique markets” (working learners) and associated opportunities
  • Align formal and non-formal programmes to establish alternative “learner pathways”
  • Increase access to tertiary education

  Implementation of expertise

  • Undertake external consultations as well as related investigations to advance relevance.
  • Involvement in commercial research (“commissioned research”) and development of suitable instruments of research with a view to address research demands and ensure the relevance of research interventions
  • Commercialisation of expertise and research
  • Advance research outputs in partnership with relevant research entities

  Community Liaising

  • Initiate projects that are of practical value to communities, thus increasing the relevance and learning experience of service-learning, teaching-learning curricula, and material
  • Advance opportunities for  in-service learning and experiential learning
  • Promote unique opportunities for multidisciplinary liaison, thereby advancing a more coordinated and integrated approach to problem-solving in communities

  Other strategies to advance the core business:

  • Identify and facilitate strategic partnerships and networks
  • Promote multidisciplinary and trans-institutional interaction between faculties, NWU campuses, and research entities (inter alia, Social Transformation, Teaching-Learning Organisations, Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Unit for Development in the South African Constitutional State, and Unit for Economic and Management Sciences)
  • Promote and organise interaction and liaison with the public and private sectors in order to achieve cooperation and multidisciplinary interventions
  • Serve as a link between the public sector and the NWU (PC) to coordinate and facilitate engagement with the NWU (PC)
  • Initiate, organise, and plan conferences, seminars, and winter/summer schools