Students get inventive for the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation Studies.
It’s a degree for unconventional thinkers looking to tackle conventional emerging market challenges. It’s an MPhil with a focus on Inclusive Innovation Studies now offered by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) in association with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
This February the programme welcomed five new students to Cape Town, a city that is evolving into the innovation capital of South Africa, and by extension Africa.
In part inspired by the MIT Media Lab’s multidisciplinary approach to innovation, this MPhil aims to gather creative people from a spectrum of disciplines to work together on complex challenges facing developing economies. Students will spend the majority of their time of the year-long degree on research activities and the creation and live demonstrations of their inventions.
The candidates can explore several themes, ranging from human computer interactions, social innovation strategies, inclusive business designs, and applied communications technology to aspects of health and education delivery and management systems, as well as sustainable business actualisation.
We are not placing limits on anything say co-conveners of the course, Dr François Bonnici and Professor Kosheek Sewchurran. “Our goal is radical innovation and sustainable solutions for Africa,” says Sewchurran. “We don’t really worry what shape or form these take – only that they work.”