Wits School of Public & Development Management changes its name to reflect re-positioning

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RE-POSITIONING: From left to right, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Andrew Crouch, Assistant Director of Research, Anne McLennan, Chair of the Advisory Member board, Prof Richard Levine and Head of School (WSG) Prof Thomas Mogale. Photo: Nqobile Dludla

The Wits Graduate school of Public & Development Management (P&DM) officially changed its name yesterday at a ceremony at the Donald Gordon auditorium in Parktown.

An extensive process of re-positioning  the school in line with the current changing South African, African and global context culminated in the new name, the Wits School of Governance (WSG).

Prof Thomas Mogale, the head of WSG, said the school is founded on the premise of governance described as the process of ruling and steering others and the new name reflects this.

The school, based at the Parktown campus close to the Wits Business Schoo, has had the tag-line “Africa’s leading school of governance” for some time and which points to the nexus between the school and the concept of governance.

“The name change allows the school to reflect current thinking whilst still retaining the commitment of building capable developmental public administration. Essentially the new name enables the school to shape trends and influence moves while inspiring a new generation of thinkers,” explained Mogale.

Deputy vice-chancellor: academic, Prof Andrew Crouch said: “By repositioning the WSG, as the University we’d like to demonstrate our continued commitment to leading scholarship and contributing to the global commons of knowledge, specifically in this crucial field which we have in fact leaders of various kinds”.

The Wits School of Governance was formed in 1993 and claims to be southern Africa’s largest producer of graduates in the area of governance.