As humanity navigates through the 21st century (2001-2100); our livelihood on this planet is presented with new and ever changing socio-economic as well as geopolitical challenges and opportunities. Among others China is fast catching up to the United States as the next superpower and Shanghai becomes the new symbol of economic power. The big question is what will become of Africa in this and the next century? By 2011 over 67% of the world population (5 billion) were estimated to use mobile phones, 28% (2 billion) use internet. The world reached an oil pick during this century and the quest for renewable energy supply becomes new reality. The World Bank provides estimates of nearly 1.29 billion people worldwide living in absolute poverty of which 47% are in sub-Saharan Africa.
As the world population reached 7 billion by 2011 predictions are that basic resource demand (fresh water, arable land, food) is fast depleting, pollution is on the rise and global warming is a new reality. The masses of people throughout the world are discontent with their governments thereby demanding more accountability and good governance. Good governance reports (World Peace Foundation) rate only a few sub-Saharan Africa countries to have stable and sustainable governments and further link economic growth with this stability. The rest and the majority of these countries rank very badly on the worldwide corruption index.
These challenges articulated here demands a renewed worldview through a set of new ethos and ideologies of asocial, economic and political nature. It demands as well building new set of institutions and leadership that embraces the vision of a future better world with less pressing problems than the current. Our institutions are therefore required to provide a space and environment where new ideas can be generated, where experiences and new learning can be exchanged and good as well as visionary leadership can be inculcated.
South Africa through its National Development Plan and the 10 Year Innovation Plan, among others, envisages a South Africa whose economy hinges on high level skills development – a vision towards a knowledge economy. Higher education and postgraduate studies in particular are a seed for this essential innovative thinking. Idea generation and research serves as the basic building blocks towards such a knowledge economy.
I take this opportunity to welcome all our stakeholders, that is, postgraduate students, researchers and academics, collaborators and our public as well as the corporate sector partners to the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL). TGSL is a community of scholars and postgraduate students who pace themselves towards excellence in the classroom environment, in research, and in service. I hope that your association with us will serve as incubation for new innovative business ideals and ideas. The TGSL offers formal postgraduate research programmes as well as executive leadership short courses which you can read all about through your navigation of this website. While our programmes are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) we never the less are working very hard to attain repute and accreditation by major international associations. The TGSL environment enables you to interact and exchange academically with inter and multi-disciplinary scholars and fellow postgraduate students.
At TGSL we believe in the power of networking, research collaborations and sound work ethics. I hope that this website will provide you sufficient information to join us as either a student or collaborator of an academic or research nature.
Director Fulu. G Netswera