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SHORT COURSE: China-Africa: Strategy and Skills for Engagement

Short course website ad5—8 July 2016


This course offers a comprehensive overview of China’s engagement on the African continent. While China is now Africa’s largest trading partner, its motives, and methods of operation remain largely unknown to African actors. This course will familiarize students with the different African sectors/countries/regions in which China is involved; as  well as potential opportunities for future engagement in fields such as industrialization, finance, education and training, renewable energy, media and NGOs.

The course offers a special component on South Africa for local stakeholders. More broadly, the course situates the engagement within the global political economy, including China’s relationship to the United States (US), Europe and the US vis-a-vis Africa.

The course will focus on:

  • the role of state and private actors;
  • the role of multi-lateral institutions such as FOCAC and BRICS;
  • 2015 FOCAC outcomes and implications for Africa;
  • infrastructural projects stemming from the Maritime Silk Road/One Belt One Road initiative;
  • challenges faced by Chinese actors, such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and environmental sustainability;
  • reputational risk and security issues.


Upon completion of the course, students will have acquired a deeper understanding of China’s international engagements, particularly the drivers governing its African activities. Students will be familiarized with the most important sectors of Chinese engagement in Africa (manufacturing, infrastructure, energy, natural resources etc.) as well as the challenges and opportunities related to these sectors. There will also be a comprehensive understanding of the role of multi-lateral fora and other political drivers which help facilitate the relationship, as well as the role of embassies, financing intuitions, and various ministries. The course provides a toolkit with which to carefully and critically assess China’s future role on the continent

Multi-media presentations will be carried out by CCS staff specializing in three thematic areas, namely, political, economic, social and environmental sustainability of Chinese engagement in Africa. The course will also include group work and discussions around key readings.

Who should attend?:

The course is suitable for those in business, media, government, NGOs and academia whose work entails engagement with China; as well as students considering a career path relating to the East Asia region.

Certification and Accreditation:

  • Assessment of the course will be based on class attendance, a test, and a research paper
  • NQF level 6

Venue and Time:

This course will be presented at Stellenbosch University and will run from Tue-Fri, 5-8 July 2016, 08:00 – 17:00.

Venue: Mike de Vries Building (Building #55 Click here to see Map) – Room 1040

Travel and Accommodation:

Accommodation and travel expenses are for your own account.


The course is designed for a restricted number of attendees so as to personalize and maximize the learning experience.

Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Registration must be done online at:  Registration closed

No registration is final until you have received a confirmation email from Stellenbosch University.

Registrations close on Friday, 24 June 2016.

Course Fees:

Course fees for the four-day course: R4,200 (non-students) and R2,800 (registered SU students)

  • Any cancellations made on or before 24 June 2016 will be subject to a 15% handling fee. No refunds will be made after this date, however, substitutions will be accepted.
  • Attendance without payment will not be permitted.
  • In the case of unforeseen circumstances Stellenbosch University reserves the right to cancel the course with at least two weeks’ notice, in which case all fees will be reimbursed in full on request.
  • The course fee includes all study material.

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