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Welcome to the home page of the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town.

The School of Economics is one of the largest departments in the University, offering tuition to more than 3000 undergraduate students and approximately 150 postgraduate students. The department consists of over 30 staff members who cover a broad range of disciplines in economics in their teaching and research. In addition, the School has a strong research focus and hosts several active research units.

This site provides access to a range of information regarding study, research and student life in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Read more ...

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Meet UCT's 2015 Rhodes Scholars
17 February, 2015

Only 83 Rhodes Scholarships are awarded globally, from a pool of hundreds of applicants. In 2015, seven of the cohort have academic backgrounds at the University of Cape Town.

Alexander von Klemperer, Ashley Pople, Jessica Price, Lise du Buisson, Raphael Chaskalson, Sarah Westwood and Tinashe Chandauka were chosen for their outstanding intellect, character, commitment to service, and ability to promote international understanding.

Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the scholarship is the oldest – and one of the most prestigious – international graduate scholarship programmes in the world.


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Nine new fellows a sign of UCT's 'research strength'
20 October, 2014

Nine fellows were inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows this year, "a great sign of the strength of research" at UCT, said Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price at the College of Fellows' annual dinner on 9 October 2014.

"You are role models," he said. "You are the reason why people come here to do postgraduate degrees. You are the reason why we have a high numbers of citations and get praised for the creative work that gets done at the university."


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Phishing scams: you are the weakest link
26 September, 2014

It's a hectic day at the office, with the phone ringing off the hook and requests streaming in from your boss and colleagues. A new email message catches your eye. Coming from admin@uct-webmail.ac.za, it reads: "Urgent!!! Your email account has been put on-hold by our server due to irregularities. Please click this link and log in to avoid having your account suspended."

Losing your email account is a problem you don't need at the moment, so you click the link, quickly enter your UCT login credentials and get on with your work.The email described above is an example of "phishing" – a social engineering technique that criminals use to get you to hand over personal, confidential information – which they then use for malicious and often financially damaging purposes.


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