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Multilingualism meets open-access in trailblazing teaching intervention
20 July, 2016

Jargon-laden subjects such as accounting are difficult to grasp in one’s first language. But when your home language is not English, it’s that much harder.In a move to better equip their students, the College of Accounting has embarked on a unique blended learning project that is both multilingual and open-access.

The initiative, called LearnAccounting, is led by Associate Professor Jacqui Kew and seeks to explain key accounting concepts in understandable terms and in students’ home languages.

“That’s why I think LearnAccounting is one of the most exciting things we’ve ever done,” said acting head of accounting Associate Professor Goolam Modack of the multilingual nature of the project. Indeed, multilingualism was a major motivator in the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority’s (Fasset) decision to fund the project.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Business Communication
12 July, 2016

Are you interested in a business and corporate communication career? Whether as a campaign, media, HR or PR manager, company spokesperson, negotiator or communication strategist, you need the ability to curate, manage, present and disseminate information in engaging, relevant and appropriate ways! With new digital career paths reshaping our world, job opportunities are accelerating at an exponential rate.

This new diploma is unique in that it provides a solid managerial base, common to all the existing one-year postgraduate diplomas in the School of Management Studies (SMS), coupled with an array of business communication specialisations.

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New professors share journeys and reflections
29 June, 2016

How long does it take to become a professor? Following UCT’s recent ad hominem promotions and as the university works to transform its academic cohort, this question is a moot point. Ten candidates share their journeys …

The often cited statement that it takes 20 years to grow a professor has come under scrutiny at a time when the university is working hard to transform its senior academic cohort.

There’s no cookie-cutter method, says Ulrike Rivett, the Department of Information Systems’ newest and first woman full professor and one of the 25 new professors named after UCT’s latest round of ad hominem promotions. It depends on when you do your PhD and when you start on the first of four rungs to the top: lecturer level.

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