Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

 Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

  The Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership of the University of Limpopo is located at Edupark Campus which is located opposite the Peter Mokaba Stadium, which was one of the FIFA World Cup stadiums of 2010, in the city of Polokwane in the Limpopo Province.

   TGSL was established in 1996 when the then Vice Chancellor of the “University of the North” signed an MoU with Baruch College and the New School of Social Research in New York City. Baruch intended to assist the University of the North with processes for the development of its own business school. The business school partnership fizzled out but resulted in the transference of the New School’s NGO training workshop methodologies to the University of the North which resulted in the establishment of the Development Facilitation and Training Initiative (DevFTI). Utilising the funds provided for by the New School in New York, the first South African NGO training workshops were held in 1997. The DevFTI programme attracted participation from Limpopo, East and Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal, Lesoth, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angoala, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The workshops impressed the funders (Rockefeller, Mott and Ford Foundations) who provided further funds for more workshops and for the development of the Master Programme in Development (MDev).

    In addition, intensive research of the market showed that besides the Master of Development both the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) would be viable. DevFTI was able to fund the development of the MBA and the MPA.

 Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

   With the establishment of EDUPARK Campus (a section 21 facilities management company of the University of the North) at Webster Street on the outskirts of Polokwane, DevFTI and the MDev programmes became located in the new campus. The establishment of the Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL) was then approved to house these three programmes and DevFTI on the basis that there would be no posts attached to it until it had proved its viability and on condition that it would become sustainable within two year. The Graduate School of Leadership was profitable in its first year through the large intake of students into the MDev progamme. The MBA and MPA programmes which were originally conducted in partnership with the University of Pretoria took another year to become viable. The new outfit was later housed as a School within the new Faculty of Management and Law and this is where it currently functions today.

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    The TGSL programmes are targeted at middle and senior managers in the various sectors (public service, civil society and corporate sector). The programmes are offered in a “block release” methodology allowing student to spend at week at the most at a given duration in Polokwane and at TGSL.

 Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

Master of Business Administration

MBA is a one year programme consisting of taught modules and a mini-dissertation. It encompasses the traditional managerial education elements and then goes beyond that to address issues of sustainability by exploring social and economic challenges facing organisations to find solutions for a sustainable future. Thus, leaders and/or managers are forced to be broader in their vision, to be inventive and realistic about their responsibilities, and conscious of their legacy in terms of environmental sustainability and the way business is conducted.

OUR MBA IS THUS:

  • Relevant to current and pertinent issues and required practices of sustainability;
  • Offers high academic standards;
  • Is aligned with the best practices in business and managerial education;
  • Is focused on high–level leadership competencies;
  • Prepares students for a competitive career.

TARGET GROUP

  • The main target for our MBA is executives in Public, Private and Entrepreneurial ventures.

MBA Admission Requirements

  • Admission into the programme is highly competitive based on academic achievement and strict evaluation;
  • Highly motivated individuals who want to enrich their managerial knowledge and experience that can be recognised for admission into the programme;
  • The following are the admission criteria:
    1. Honours degree, or Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent qualification at NQF level 8
    2. At least three years related managerial experience
    3. Matriculation mathematics or statistics
    4. A detailed CV
    5. Letter of support from the employer
  • Candidates may also be required to undergo an assessment as deemed necessary by the Selection Committee of the School.
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Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

 Masters of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme offers students a wealth of relevant knowledge and skills required for the developmental state in the African Continent. MPA is one of the three academic programmes for the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership. It consists of nine modules making 100 credits and a mini-dissertation with 100 credits to make up 200 credits for the entire course. Candidates are encouraged to complete their qualification at the minimum period allowed of two years.

Our primary client focus is national, provincial and local government officials within South Africa and elsewhere on the continent. Candidates who are employed by international organisations such as African Union and United Nations bodies are also welcome. Classes are offered on a block release of one week a month to accommodate their work commitments.

This is a high impact postgraduate degree which is intended to ensure that candidates develop in their academic and professional environments. Their contribution and increasing capacity in their workplace should be noticeable upon completion of this qualification.

MPA Requirements
Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the MPA Programme is subject to strict evaluation and selection is based on the candidate’s academic achievement, experience, attitude and motivation for further study.
Requirements:-

  • At least a Bachelor Honours Degree or equivalent in Public Administration or related field.
  • Candidates are also required to submit a letter from their employer confirming their managerial experience and that they will be allowed to attend classes.

 

Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership
Master of Development

The MDEV Programme is one of the three academic programmes in the Turfloop Graduate School (TGSL).  It consists of 9 taught modules with 100 credits and a mini-dissertation report with 100 credits to total 200 credits for the whole course. The Master of Development (MDEV) degree is designed to enhance capacity for development management in both the public and private sectors including in non-government and civil society sectors. Thus, the degree offers a wide range of career choices in those sectors as Programme/Project Directors/Managers, Community Development Practitioners, Academics. The MDEV modules are intended to enhance a candidate’s theoretical and applied knowledge in critical areas which are relevant to the social and economic development of the country.

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TARGET GROUP:

Persons involved in development efforts of various activities, leadership and potential leaders in the various sectors: NGO/CBO, public and business sectors, and persons keen on integrating their field of specialisation and interest towards development focus. The course is based on a block system and will be best suited for people in either full or part time employment who can attend their blocks of course work, while being able to use their work place for projects. International candidates keen to learn from the developing world and willing to experience the challenge of further development are welcome to apply.

MDEV Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the MDEV Programme is subject to strict evaluation and selection is based on the candidate’s academic achievement, experience, attitude and motivation for further study.

Requirements:-

  • Bachelor Honours or equivalent
  • Candidates are also required to submit a letter from their employer confirming their managerial experience and that they will be allowed to attend classes.

Duration
The minimum period of the programme is two years and the maximum period is four years.

 Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership Contact

Faculty Contacts
Prof JP Tsheola Ms L Moloto Ms M Ratau
Executive Dean Executive Secretary Assistant Registrar
Tel:+27 015 268 2558 Tel:+27 015 268 2685 Tel:+27 015 268 2947
Email: johannes.tsheola@ul.ac.za  lerato.moloto@ul.ac.za  mapula.ratau@ul.ac.za

 

Human Resources
Ms KJ Dinyake
HR Admin Officer
Tel:+27 015 268 2916
kgabo.dinyake@ul.ac.za