The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance  - which forms a part of The Faculty of Commerce at UCT - provides professional and academic training and forums for discussion for senior public officials and those engaged in public policy across Africa and the world. 

This widely recognised organisation trains top graduates to prepare them for public leadership positions and provide executive training for senior managers and elected office bearers. The design of many programmes is also suited for international organisations, non-profit organisations, think-tanks and the private sector in mind.

One of the School’s core activities is bringing together policymakers, experts and other leaders in society around crucial policy issues. The centrepiece of this effort is the Building Bridges programme which connects established and rising leaders from all over Africa to engage with intractable problems with the view to establishing new networks of expertise and trust.

The School also engages in original research and generate evidence-based policy advice on critical development policy and practice challenges in Africa. In doing so, the School acts as a cross-cutting hub, bringing together and building on the academic resources of different faculties at the University of Cape Town, as well as those of local and international partners.