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Sustainability Institute


The Sustainability Institute (SI) is recognised a leading expert in navigating the transition towards social justice and change in complex futures in Africa. It also forms an institutional base for some of the top academics in the field.


USB-ED entered into an academic partnership with the SI early in 2017 in order to afford more executives and private individuals the opportunity to enrol for their short courses. SI's short courses may now be tailored for business or industry needs too, and may be presented as stand-alone learning interventions for groups. Postgraduate students and professionals working in government, corporate, or civil society sectors may register for a number of short courses that focus on topics such as sustainable development, renewable energy policy, food security and globalised agriculture, governance, and sustainable cities. These courses are designed to challenge conventional thinking while incorporating the entire space at the Institute as part of the learning experience. Upcoming courses in August will focus on Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Enterprise. ​

About the Sustainability Institute

The SI was founded in 1999. It is an international living and learning centre for theory and practice in values-based, entrepreneurially empowered action towards positive social impact and ecological restoration. All of the activities and programmes offered by the Institute strive to realise sustainability through learning, exploring, and applying ways of being that are restorative and generative.


jess.jpgJess Schulschenk is the Director and a Board Member of the SI. She is also the National Research Director for the global Embedding Project research initiative, and an extraordinary lecturer with the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University – coordinating the Corporate Governance and Sustainability module for the Postgraduate Diploma and MPhil programmes. She holds an MPhil in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University, a BSc in Ocean and Environmental Sciences from UCT, and is a PhD candidate with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. When she is not getting lost in the oceans and mountains at home or abroad, Jess can be found with her hands in the soil – making things grow in the gardens of her small farm.

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