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Centre for Extra Mural Studies (EMS)

About the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS)

The mission of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) is to contribute to the University's social responsiveness through the support of student success and by acting to make the academic and knowledge resources of the University accessible to a wider range of participants. EMS provides a range of courses and learning opportunities for general public, participants from commerce and industry, government departments and NGOs and local and overseas university students.

EMS coordinates several different initiatives including the annual Summer School, the LSE-UCT July School and the Fine Minds and Summer School Extension Lecture Series.

Summer School and Summer School Extension

The annual Summer School runs for two weeks in January each year and is the largest public education programme of its kind in South Africa, regularly attracting around 3, 000 people.

This public education programme offers courses on a range of topics from arts, humanities and current issues to the physical and environmental sciences and aims to make specialised knowledge accessible to a wide audience, regardless of educational qualifications. These courses are for non-degree purposes and do not involve examinations or certification, though written or practical projects and reading may be required.

The programme is available from October each year on the Summer School website. The 67th annual Summer School will take place from Monday 16 January to Friday 27 January 2016.

The Summer School Extension programme was initiated in June 2014, with the specific aim of providing ad hoc public lectures, short-courses and other programmes to Cape Town’s adult learners throughout the year, outside of the regular two-week Summer School programme in January, and to make it possible for the public to engage with a range of topics such as philosophy, literature, astronomy, science and history.
The Extension Programme consists two of main programmes:
·    The Summer School Extension Lecture Programme (including our WW1 Lecture Series)
·    The Fine Minds Radio Lecture Series (in collaboration with Fine Music Radio)

Fine Minds logo

LSE-UCT July School

LSE-UCT July School 2015

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The LSE-UCT July School is an exciting intensive academic programme taught in English by world-leading faculty from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Cape Town (UCT). It attracts students and professionals from leading institutions and organisations around the world.

This two-week summer school-style programme offers a range of exciting university-level courses considering the academic and policy responses to the major social science issues of the 21st century, all with relevance to Africa and its relations with the world today. Participants take one intensive course for the duration of the two-week July School, typically comprising four hours of lectures each morning and a 90 minute class each afternoon – a total of 48 contact hours. The courses are assessed, including a final examination, and successful students are awarded a certificate and transcript.

If you are interested in gaining a global perspective on the study of Africa, at the continent's top university, in a beautiful, cosmopolitan city, we hope that you will consider applying to the LSE-UCT July School, and look forward to meeting you in Cape Town in July 2017.

Full course and programme information is available on the LSE website. Applications open in January 2017. 'Like' the LSE-UCT July School Facebook page for updates and to see highlights from 2016.

Short Courses
The Centre for Extra Mural Studies offers both public open courses and customised courses for organisations.

 Public Open Courses      
The popular Astronomy in the Cape, introductory astronomy course, which includes two excursions to the observatories in Cape Town and Sutherland is offered annually.  Please see our website for details.

Customised Courses

 EMS develops customised courses, contributing varying levels of administrative, logistical and curriculum content development support on request.  Recent courses have included Current Debates in South African Political Economy, for ANC Members of Parliament and parliamentary researchers and support staff. An Improving your Written English core revision course, designed for basic workplace administration task, is offered regularly.

The most recent course offered was on museum communication for museum professionals. A current initiative involves the development of short courses on Municipal Food Policy for community and local government managers and practitioners, in partnership with the Canadian NGO Rooftops, the Toronto Food Policy Council and the City of Cape Town.

If you would like us to develop and deliver a customised course for your organisation please contact us.

All information about EMS events can be found on the EMS website. Please also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

  UCT Summer School
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