The University of Johannesburg (UJ)’s Centre for Local Economic Development (CENLED), in collaboration with the University of Western Cape (UWC) recently launched the Bachelor of Economics Degree in Local Economic Development at an event held at UWC in Cape Town.
The Certified Economic Development Practitioner Programme has been developed in partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and in consultation with stakeholders such as the Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA), the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and other academic institutions.
The programme was developed in order to kick-start the recognition of professionals in the field of local economic development. The programme seeks to unite the field of local economic development and establish a baseline of what is considered the core body of knowledge for local economic development practitioners. This programme was conceptualised and developed by Prof Marius Venter, the Director of CENLED at UJ.