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DAAD Centre of Excellence opened in South Africa

The South African-German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice was officially opened in Cape Town on 2 April. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave the keynote speech. The Centre in Cape Town offers study courses in development research and criminal justice.

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Two "divisions" at the Centre at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town will offer Masters and PhD programmes in both development research and criminal justice. The study courses are being offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Law at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. Both programmes are especially relevant to the African context.

Graduates of the Division of Development Research will learn strategies for mastering the economic, social and political challenges of the development process in the region.

The criminal justice programme is equally important. A functioning criminal justice system is indispensable for development in African countries when dealing with white-collar crime or coming to terms with past injustices.