In keeping with the mission of the university, aimed at increasing the institution’s collective contribution to tackling major development challenges facing South Africa, and as one way encouraging students to broaden their study objectives, in February 2015 the PII has piloted a booklet profiling selected postgraduate courses and programmes that explicitly address development issues. This aims to encourage students to consider ways of addressing development challenges by providing information on offerings at UCT at their fingertips. The first version of the “Designing Your Future” booklet is available on the PII website, and we welcome any suggestions for courses and programmes that could be added.
The Poverty and Inequality Initiative’s Curriculum Seminars aim to facilitate meaningful discussion and debate on how departments and programmes at UCT engage with matters relating to poverty and inequality in South Africa through their curricula. In 2014, the seminars reflected on blind-spots within our undergraduate curricula, and in 2015 the PII is taking this further by focusing on ways which we are preparing the next generation of professionals.