Joint African MTech Programme (JAMP) in Comparative Local Development
The JAMP is a fully interdisciplinary programme comprising the application of economics, law, sociology and political science to the analysis of local development. The programme seeks a holistic approach to local development and provides an integrated framework for analysis and intervention. It approaches and addresses development primarily at the local level, thereby promoting the ongoing localisation of economic growth and productivity and the democratisation of local government and decentralisation of governance in countries in the region. The programme is directed primarily towards existing and future practitioners (from the public, private and civil society sectors), and is thus oriented towards direct application and real world impact.
The JAMP seeks to develop competencies for the achievement of higher levels of efficiency and efficacy in public administration, thereby enhancing the role of local governmental bodies in local development. It optimises synergies between major role players and stakeholders in local development through strategic partnerships and seeks to promote social cohesion and stability in local constituencies within the context of uneven and under-development. It seeks to increase intra-regional co-operation for the purposes of promoting economic potentialities and attempts to promote cultural diversity and tolerance, and the management thereof, as a basis for developmental cooperation. One of the main outcomes of the programme will be to accelerate regional integration as a medium to long-term goal in order to enhance the co-ordination of local and international efforts.
The JAMP is an initiative of a consortium of four Southern Africa universities and one European university: the Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa), the University of Botswana (Botswana), the Polytechnic of Namibia (Namibia), St. Thomas University (Mozambique), and University of Trento (Italy). The programme will be accredited in all the partner countries and jointly conferred by all partner institutions. The teaching faculty are drawn from a pool of experts resident at participating institutions in the region as well as experts located at institutions in other regions of the continent and internationally. This increases the overall knowledge pool and research expertise of the teaching faculty. The programme comprises its own regional research institute, a facility for initiating, stimulating and supporting regional research projects comprising multiple institutions and teams of individual researchers.
The JAMP runs over twenty four months and is taught via a combination of distance learning, contact sessions, internships, project activity and original empirical research. The programme will employ multiple sites for instruction, internship and research activity. The medium of instruction for all teaching activities will be English. Internships activities will be conducted in any of the applicable languages of the Southern African region. The maximum time allowed to students to complete the JAMP programme and graduate is 3 years.
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