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UCT up four spots in 2014 QS World University Rankings
16 September, 2014

The University of Cape Town has maintained its upward trend in the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, moving up four places to 141st place for the 2014/2015 ranking cycle. The university was ranked 145 last year. The rankings will be released on 16 September 2014.

QS Rankings compare the top 800 institutions around the globe, looking at criteria related to research, employability of graduates, teaching and international outlook.

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GSB conference focuses on design thinking
10 September, 2014

UCT's Graduate School of Business (GSB) will this year focus its annual flagship conference – on the Business of Social and Environmental Innovation (BSEI) – on design thinking in an attempt to help find solutions to the most challenging problems facing the continent.

"This conference is important because we are beginning to really question fundamental assumptions engrained in institution processes, that ultimately drive delivery to affect social and economic conditions," says Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran, conference chairperson and a design thinking expert.

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Sharing of tax information potentially perilous
01 September, 2014

Agreements to exchange citizens' tax information is nothing new. In the last five years there has been a lot of activity in the international arena around this issue, however, with countries becoming increasingly enmeshed in ever-widening networks of agreements to share their citizens' tax information.

Professor Jennifer Roeleveld of UCT Department of Finance and Tax does not believe this exchange of information is necessarily a bad thing, but is concerned that it could infringe on people's right to privacy. She also worries that revenue authorities, like the South African Revenue Service (SARS), may be ill-equipped to deal with the sheer volume of information to be shared in what she believes could result in a "tsunami of information exchange".

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