SPL (School of Public Leadership)
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Welcome to the 

School of Public Leadership​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​(SPL)​

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​​​At the SPL we prepare graduates for leading roles in public and civic organisations to tackle development and governance challenges. Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, competencies and values required to build sustainable African societies within a rapidly changing and com​plex world. Emphasis is placed on the ability of graduates to craft and facilitate an open civic public realm wherein dialogue and contes​tation can thrive thanks to a culture of tolerance, modesty, solidarity and compassion.​


Click here for more information on the Gender and Corruption Symposium: Bold, Beautiful and Brave!​ 


The MPA/MCom 2024 class

​Contact session on the Bellville Park Campus in May 2024

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School of Public Leadership Welcome


Welcome to the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch!

As a collective department, we extend a heartfelt welcome to both prospective and current students alike. Here at SPL, our mission is clear: to prepare graduates for leading roles in public and civic organizations, tackling the multifaceted challenges of development and governance.

Our diverse range of programs is designed to equip students with the knowledge, competencies, and values necessary to navigate our rapidly changing world. From our short courses to our undergraduate qualifications to our postgraduate research projects, emphasis is placed on fostering critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and a deep understanding of the complexities of public leadership.

At SPL, we pride ourselves on our commitment to fostering a culture of tolerance, modesty, solidarity, and compassion. Our aim is to create an inclusive academic environment where diverse perspectives are valued and respected.

As we embark on this journey together, we invite you to explore our programs, engage with our dedicated faculty, and immerse yourself in a vibrant community of learners and leaders. Whether you're beginning your academic journey with us or continuing your studies, know that you are a valued member of our SPL family.

Let us embrace the opportunities and challenges ahead, guided by our university motto: "Let's go forward together, masiyeni pamphili, saam vorentoe."

We look forward to the growth, learning, and achievements that await us all.

Warm regards,

The School of Public Leadership



Contact Details​

Director: School of Public​ Leadership​​​​

  • Prof Zw​elinzima Ndevu
  • +27 21 918 2150​​