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About the Wits School of Governance

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Message from the Acting Head of School

I am thrilled to welcome you to our new website, a digital space that mirrors our desire for dynamism and improved stakeholder relationship management.

We designed this platform to enhance your experience and provide easy access to the wealth of resources, opportunities and insights that our esteemed institution has to offer.


Who We Are

The Wits School of Governance is based at one of the leading higher education institutions in South Africa, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University). We strive to be Africa’s leading School of Governance by promoting inclusive and transformative governance and contributing to building state capabilities.

We offer academic programmes, executive short courses and online courses to address development, policy and economic challenges with expert tuition and supervision.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be Africa’s leading School of Governance
that is research-led, globally competitive and a recognised postgraduate institution that seeks to achieve transformative governance in the public, private and non-governmental sectors.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance inclusive, transformative and ethical governance in the African continent
through capacitating public sector and knowledge leaders, producing internationally competitive and locally relevant scholarship on governance, promoting inclusive development outcomes, and contributing to an effective and accountable public sector.

Our Values

Our shared values are:
Commitment to Excellence, Accountability, Collegiality, Trust, Ethical Conduct, Fairness, Collaboration, and Inclusiveness.


University of the Witwatersrand

Wits University is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa - a vibrant, leading commercial city on the African continent. The history of Wits is linked with mining, academic excellence, and with political and civic activism. Our Centenary is an opportunity for our global community to celebrate the impact that Wits has had on their lives, a chance to reflect and to look to the future. 

Our Team