Sustainability research, cultural research, education, management and entrepreneurship: Through these four science initiatives, in course work and research, Leuphana University of Lüneburg addresses the challenges of civil society in the 21st century. The bodies responsible for these initiatives are the faculties newly established in 2010: Education, Culture, Business und Sustainability. There are research topics spanning multiple faculties – in keeping with developments of current and future relevance – devoted to the Democracy, Digital Media and Health.
Companion to the substantive quality of the curriculum, Leuphana places particular reliance on students‘ responsibility, curiosity and initiative, on a broad-ranging change in perspective that questions presumably settled knowledge, and on dialogue not only among the various disciplines but between science and practice. The course of study follows a degree model unique to the German higher-education landscape, a model that has already received multiple awards. With its launch of the Digital School in 2013, Leuphana also entered the age of the online universities, where it is setting new standards in social learning.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Jantje Halberstadt
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany‘s young universities. Its goal is to find answers to the major challenges society faces in the 21st century – through interdisciplinary, cuttingedge research. The pathways on the Oldenburg campus are short: the University‘s academic staff and administrative staff work closely together, using an interdisciplinary approach. Many are integrated into special research areas, research groups and European clusters of excellence. The University cooperates closely with more than 200 other universities worldwide and is also affiliated with non-university institutes in the areas of research, education, culture and business.
The University of Oldenburg is preparing over 13,700 students for professional life. It offers a broad range of disciplines, from language studies, cultural studies and the humanities to educational sciences, art and musicology, the economic and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and the new medicine and health science programmes established in 2012.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School is rated among the top business schools globally and on the African continent. The School is one of only a few in Southern Africa to have obtained international accreditation from AMBA (MBA programme) and EDAMBA (DBA programme).
Our flagship Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) and Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) programmes focus on the development of holistic, innovative and socially responsible business leaders and are available to individuals in Port Elizabeth, Gauteng, Durban, Cape Town and East London.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Margie Cullen
The University of Namibia (UNAM) is the largest and leading National institution of higher education in the country. It is a diverse institution with a student population from all over the Continent. Although a relatively young university, it has grown to support a student population of 19,000 this year.
These committed faculties and competent administrative support staff have earned the University a ranking of being one of the top African Universities. During 2006, UNAM was rated as the best higher education institution in Namibia by the Professional Management Review of South Africa and won a Golden Arrow Award. The previous year a Geneva based Foundation for Excellence in Business Practice nominated UNAM to be the recipient of the Foundation’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Business Practice. To date UNAM has graduated over 17,000 students who are serving the country in various sectors of the economy with most occupying prominent positions in government and the private sector.
Contact person: Dr. Kauna Mufeti
One effect of the liberalising of Mozambique’s socialist regime in 1990 was an increase in the demand for higher education – and the process also opened the door to private education. The result was a situation that favoured people living and working in the cities who were able to afford private education. The response of University of Pedagogica Moçambique was to steadily expand, especially in the rural areas, and academically to diversify away from teacher training alone. Today, the university offers degree courses in science, engineering and technology, as well as usiness and law, but the main focus remains on teacher training and the educational sciences.
With more than 30 000 students on its books in 2007, University of Pedagogica is Mozambique’s largest higher education institution; and with satellite campuses in Beira, Nampula, Quelimane, Gaza and Niassa, it provides regional accessibility to higher education for Mozambique’s millions of rural and village dwellers, many of whom are severely marginalised. This approach draws the university into the country’s regional development programmes, which include definite attempts to stem the process of urbanisation and the allied ‘brain drain’ process that shifts the educated elite away from the disadvantaged regions and into the cities.
At the moment, teaching is seen to be the overwhelming institutional focus, with only 2,5 percent of the total devoted to research. This situation is changing. So seriously does University of Pedagogica (which is 99 percent statesubsidised) take the potential for research that five new centres are in the process of being created to facilitate research activity in all the academic areas in which the university is currently active.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Uranio Mahanjane