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Reaching Milestones #5

Reaching Milestones #5

Nutshell Number #4 of December 2016 summarised and rounded off a year of work to define the profile of a Chair in African Philanthropy. This Nutshell shares a report of the research workshop co-organised with the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR). It sets out the scope of research needs from an African perspective. In addition, accompanying this update is a synopsis of Market Survey findings, which are now being analysed for implications with respect to planning, strategy and activities in Communications, Marketing, Executive Education as well as priorities for Electives.

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The Coming Months

Nutshell #4 summarised seven areas of effort with a six month time horizon to complete the profile of the Chair in African Philanthropy.

The current situation is as follows:
Fundraising for and recruitment of full professor: The Wits Fundraising and Development Office is busy with a Concept Note and a list of prospective funding sources. An amount of around US$2 million is required to finance a Tier 1 Chair for 5 years.

Establishing a viable business model: A business model has been prepared for the Masters degree programme.

Determining the degree delivery structure: A design is now being considered involving face-to face, distance learning and e-cases which draws on PASGR experience and expertise.

Executive Education offerings: Conversations with specialists in corporate philanthropy and social investment confirm the demand for an accredited qualification in this field. aof assessed Master Classes could start not too far into the future.

Drafting a research programme and obtaining funding: The Research Workshop Report and detailed inputs to curriculum-related research needs are now being processed into research proposals.

Identifying and recruiting teaching faculty: Progress in this direction is slow, concenttrating on discussions within Wits departments and external specialists.

Expanding PhD supervision capacity: Appointment of honorary fellows is currently underway, who will have the qualifications necessary to supervise.

The Profile

In terms of the content of the profile, the following content areas are envisaged.
Component 1. Curriculum delivery Component 2. Constituencies as clients
Component 3. Marketing and communications Component 4. Research strategy
Component 5. Business modelling

Completion of the Chair’s profile by the end of June will bring closure to my part-time appointment as a visiting professor at WBS. Probable continuation as an honorary professorial fellow will be an arrangement offering support to a full time appointee and continuity in PhD supervision to which I am committed. Commencement of the Masters Programme will depend on formal accreditation by the Higher Education Council as well as preparation of teaching materials, firm delivery arrangements, along with many other tasks that require a full time, long-term appointee.

Best wishes
Alan Fowler (Prof)

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