PARI introduces a new Masters programme at Wits University in 2019, in the field of Organisational and Institutional Studies in the School of Social Sciences. This follows a successful first year of the Honours OIS programme.

In February 2018, the Organisational and Institutional Studies (OIS) degree programme launched at the Wits Club, with a fresh cohort of nine Honours students, their lecturer Dr Alice Soares Guimaraes, Academic Coordinator Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi, PARI Director Dr Ivor Chipkin, Head of School Prof Mucha Musemwa and the Dean of Humanities Prof Ruksana Osman. It was with much celebration that the OIS programme established a new field of academic study at the university in the School of Social Sciences, coordinated by PARI.

Soon after the launch, Ms Paulina Hadebe was brought on as Programme Coordinator, housed in the Robert Sobukwe Building, room 145.

The first Honours students accepted into the programme were:

Violet Molefe, Sihle Gili, Richmond Mphephu, Tshiamo Moela, Anivuyane Ketsiwe, Mabothlale Mbatane, Obert Nangara, Nosipho Manana and Zola Valashiya.

This year sees a new OIS Masters level introduced to the programme, along with the existing Honours level, and applications for both have already opened for 2019. The Organisational and Institutional Studies degrees are one of PARI’s flagship programmes, increasing the Institute’s presence at Wits University and in the academy. Current lecturers are PARI Researcher Dr Federica Duca and PARI Post-doctoral Fellow Dr Marcus Watson.