SPL (School of Public Leadership)
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Development

​This one-year hybrid programme is ideal for graduates and working professionals who want to equip themselves to create just and sustainable futures in the digital age. The programme can also be completed over two years (60 credits per year).

 To receive information about the programme and upcoming open days, sign up​ here. ​

​Skills for a Green Economy

In response to the growing need for responsible investing and the transition to a green economy, our programme aligns with the Code for Responsible​ Investing in South Africa (CRISA). CRISA encourages integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions. Stay relevant and make a meaningful impact as you develop the skills to navigate the evolving landscape of responsible investment and stewardship.

Whether you aspire to launch your own enterprise, make a meaningful impact as an employee, or provide consultancy services to businesses, this programme will equip you with the necessary skills to align your ideas with CRISA principles and meet the expectations of im​pact investors.

Hybrid learning​

Discover a flexible and dynamic learning experience with our hybrid programme. Benefit from self-directed learning, complemented by daily synchronous sessions and three immersive in-person contact sessions throughout the year. This unique blend ensures you have the flexibility to shape your learning journey while growing a valuable professional network through real-world experiences.

Integrated modules

In "Sustainability in the Digital Age", you will explore the sustainable potential of digital technology, impact investment, and responsible leadership. The "Research Approaches" module focuses on transformative and collaborative research, enabling you to identify social issues, collect data, and test the impact of your solutions. In "Business Plans and Strategies," you'll learn how businesses can be catalysts for social cha​​nge, exploring for-profit enterprises, social enterprises, and responsible investment. In "Social Entrepreneurship", ​you will explore how to develop your own consultancy service. ​Finally, the "Entrepreneurship Incubator" module empowers you to design innovative projects by applying sustainable technology and critical thinking to real-world challenges.

Embrace the opportunity to reimagine our world through sustainable development. 

​Programme Information​

For an overview of the Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Development and our list of modules, download our prospectus or find the relevant section in the Faculty Yearbook.​ ​

​Requirements: ​a Diploma (NQF level 6) or Bachelor's degree (NQF level 7) from a recognised tertiary institution in subjects/fields aligned with sustainable development, entrepreneurship, business studies, economics, or innovation. 

To apply online, choose the following options on your online Programme Selection:

  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences – Lynedoch
  • Programme Type: Undergraduate
  • Programme: AdvDip (Sustainable Development)​

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​Contact Details​​​​​​​

  • General ​Contact Details​
  • +27 (0)21 918 4135
  •  diploma@sun.ac.za​
  • Leader: Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Development
  • ​ ​Dr Ruenda Loots
  • +27 (0)​21 918 4135​
  •  ruenda@sun.ac.za

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