The first ever LSE-UCT July School got underway on Monday 1 July as around 100 participants from 30 countries converged on the University of Cape Town’s campus near Table Mountain.
The diverse group includes not only students from LSE, UCT and other top universities, but also a wide range of professionals including elected officials, foreign diplomats, humanitarian workers and development bankers.
The LSE-UCT July School is the first such collaboration between leading institutions in Europe and Africa and builds on the continuing success of the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing, now in its tenth year.
Feedback from the inaugural class has been overwhelmingly positive so far with several students commenting on the academic rigour of the programme. Tizina Ramagaga, a student on Dr Elliot Green’s ‘Poverty: What Causes It and What It Causes’ module, commented: “the course is so intense, I’ve learnt a lot in just a few days.”
The LSE-UCT July School does not simply offer generic modules against an exotic backdrop, but a slate of bespoke courses with a clear African dimension. “The idea is to bring people from different parts of the world to this programme to focus on Africa in an African context,” explained Professor Thandika Mkandawire, one of the programme’s two Academic Directors and Chair in African Development at LSE.
It is also hoped that students will be spurred into taking what they have learned beyond the two weeks of the programme. “Some of the feedback we’ve already received from the students is that this is a topic that they would pursue in further research,” says Edward Kerby, a doctoral student at LSE who is teaching on the Economic History course: ‘Africa and the Global Economy 1500-2000’. “[The school] serves to broaden the nature of the research and the research base in Africa; just in our small field, in economic history, we are catalysing African economic research.”
11 July 2013