The main purpose of the Bachelor of Public Management is to provide students with broad background knowledge and skills to secure appropriate employment opportunities in the public sector and to engage in self-employment opportunities as consultants and entrepreneurs. This qualification has been designed to meet the workplace needs particularly in the fields of, but not
limited to Public Management, Local Government, Public Finance, Public Sector Economics and Public Sector Human Resources Management. This qualification has been benchmarked internationally in terms of core and specialised knowledge elements from New Zealand, Australian and British Qualification frameworks. This qualification has been developed for the South African context of Public Management although drawing on themes from International Qualifications. This qualification considered best
practices and standards from institutions in the above-mentioned countries.
In South Africa the Public Sector is the largest employer and therefore more jobs can be expected to be created in this sector.
There are many challenges in the Public Sector including skills shortages, under-qualified officials, inadequate computer
systems, lack of adquate management skills amongst others. Individuals seeking to enter the public sector or those who
are currently employed in this sector can expect their careers to be given a boost with the Bachelor of Public Management
Degree offered through the Distance learning mode of delivery. This qualification promotes equity by providing affordable
access to public management education to students who were previously denied such opportunities.