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Meet the winners of the 2014 Social Responsiveness Award
17 April, 2015

Early childhood development and urban activism may not at first glance have much in common. Nonetheless, it was the long-term commitment displayed by Stuart Hendry, director of the Faculty of Commerce's Development Unit for New Enterprise (DUNE), and Associate Professor Sophie Oldfield to projects within these fields that won them both the 2014 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Social Responsiveness. We ask what motivates them to go the extra mile.

In the Western Cape less than 25% of children have access to pre-school education, despite the fact that, overwhelmingly, research-based evidence shows the positive and long-term benefits of a quality early childhood education. This is the short answer as to why UCT's Faculty of Commerce and their Development Unit for New Enterprise (DUNE) have taken on a campaign for early childhood development (ECD) as their social responsiveness focus for the next five years. The campaign aims to create 30 centres of excellence for ECD around Cape Town.

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Mathematics: Are you as smart as our high school students?
30 March, 2015

What would bring 170 grade 11 and 12 learners onto the campus on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon with the Stormers taking on the Chiefs at Newlands at the time to boot? The answer, of course, is to participate in the UCT Mathematics afternoon.

The afternoon, which took place on 14 March, included talks by Dr Jonathan Shock on frontiers in particle physics, and one by Emeritus Associate Professor Christopher Gilmour titled "Some Sums" – both of whom are from UCT's Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics – followed by a competition and refreshments.

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College of Accounting comes out tops in new exam
19 March, 2015

Results for the final board exam for prospective new chartered accountants in South Africa show that students who completed the UCT College of Accounting Board Course APC Professional Programme did better than students who participated in other programmes.

Of the 467 UCT Board Course students (including students from all universities), 94% passed the APC exam; 8% higher than the national average.

"We are celebrating with our students," said Paul Maughan, senior lecturer at the college. "These results show what the hard work of students and the tireless efforts of the team of lecturers and markers can achieve."

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