Celebrating 21 years
of Futures Studies

We have been navigating the complex and
uncertain future for over two decades

How do you study for the future?

Using Futures Studies
  • June 11 2019
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In our world, change is the only constant. It is therefore highly beneficial to take a look forward and ask yourself where our world is going. Our cluster of postgraduate programmes in Futures Studies – Postgraduate Diploma, MPhil and PhD – is designed to assist you in making better, more informed and sensible decisions about your future and the future of business.

What is Futures Studies?
Futures Studies is about gaining an understanding of how various futures will unfold and the interaction between a wide range of variables or forces. Distilling from these forces, we can determine the issues that will affect the future of a country, government, organisation or individual.

Perhaps Futures Studies can be summarised as an attempt to answer three fundamental questions: What is going on in the big wide world? So what? Now what?

Strategise with confidence
If you play a role in the direction of a business, the decisions you make must be aligned with where the business world is going. Futures Studies will enhance your understanding of possible changes in the long-term future and equip you with the correct methods to respond accordingly.

African outlook
There are not many programmes in Futures Studies on a postgraduate level in the world. In fact, USB’s programmes are the only ones presented in Africa. This makes these programmes perfect for anyone looking to make a positive difference in an African context; not to mention providing a unique perspective on helping the continent prosper.

Onward and upward
One of the biggest challenges that comes with living in a world of constant change is making sense of it. Perhaps Futures Studies can be summarised as an attempt to answer three fundamental questions: What is going on in the big wide world? So what? Now what? Therefore, one of the programme’s major objectives is to equip decision makers with ways and means to deal with change and to make the right decisions in terms of the long-term future. This will enable you to make to most of opportunities and to mitigate risk because you will have a far deeper understanding of all the factors that can hamper your progress or help you along.

The Futures Studies programme is presented in collaboration with Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Futures Research (IFR).​