The GSB satellite campus in the community of Philippi, Cape Town, was established in a deliberate effort to deepen our roots and relevance as an African business school that is seeking to develop more socially relevant solutions to the challenges of our context.
Spearheaded by the GSB MTN Solution Space and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Philippi Campus is the first community campus to be established by UCT in its 178-year existence. While the university has been active in township communities, with field sites, mobile health services and education programmes for decades, it has not, until now, established a presence with the long-term purpose of getting all students and stakeholders to engage and interact beyond the traditional spaces of the university.
Philippi Village is a mixed use, 6 000m2 entrepreneurial development zone at the epicentre of Nyanga, Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. The development, was initiated more than five years ago with the vision of creating economic opportunity through the active inclusion of those who are excluded from the mainstream of development, and the GSB has been involved in these conversations from the outset. The founding sponsor of the Bertha Centre at the GSB, the Bertha Foundation, is one of two founding partners in the initiative; the other being a Cape Town-based NGO The Business Place.
The Philippi campus offers students, alumni, clients and local entrepreneurs in the community a place to meet and engage. All GSB students across most academic programmes are encouraged to take at least one course on the Philippi campus.
Facilities on the campus include several fully-equipped meeting rooms as well as a lecture space. In common with its parent body the MTN Solution Space on the school’s Waterfront campus, the Philippi campus seeks to create a third space between academia and industry where business can escape the pressures of today to advance new ideas through piloting cutting-edge concepts with Africa’s brightest and most creative minds, and universities can shape research and learning opportunities that are connected to relevant and real world challenges.
Philippi Village Campus
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
Cwango Crescent, Cape Town, 7781
Phone: +27 (0) 21 406 1606
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