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Welcome to the Department of Finance and Tax

The department is responsible for all undergraduate courses in finance‚ including service courses. The department is research led and has two very active graduate programs which are a Masters in Tax and a Masters in Finance.  The former has two streams being South African Tax and International Tax.  The latter has three different streams being Financial Management, Financial and Risk Management and Investment Management.   We also supervise Ph.D. students across the areas of financetax and accounting.

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Alumnus funds transformative exchange programme
30 August, 2017

Gail Kelly is one of the world’s most influential businesswomen. She had a very successful run as the CEO of Westpac, the second-largest bank in Australia, from 2008 until her retirement in 2015. In 2014, she was listed by Forbes as the 56th most powerful woman in the world. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Kelly completed a bachelor of arts degree and a higher diploma in education at UCT in the late 1970s. On Thursday, 24 August, she returned to her alma mater to bring a new opportunity for students in the Faculty of Commerce and at the UNSW Business School.

The Gail Kelly Global Leaders Scholarship will provide the opportunity for Australian and South African undergraduate students to be part of a transformative exchange programme between UNSW and UCT. The scholarship programme will be centred on the study of business and the exploration of a foreign economy and culture.


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New degree combines fintech and entrepreneurship
29 August, 2017

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is now the first university on the continent to offer a degree that is specifically designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to embrace the technological revolution in the financial services sector.

South Africa’s financial services industry faces a significant challenge: the rise of modern technology, commonly labelled as financial technology, or fintech, combined with a lack of skilled graduates who are able to navigate this complex new terrain.The new degree, which will be offered for the first time in January 2018, is a Master of Data Science with a specialisation in financial technology.

The course convener, Dr Co-Pierre Georg, senior lecturer at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) at UCT, explains: “We are in constant and close contact with the financial services industry and know that it is facing a shifting demand for skills. In the past, companies were mainly looking for advanced mathematical and modelling skills.


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UCT-led team wins international maths challenge
01 August, 2017

he fourth annual Financial Mathematics Team Challenge (FMTC) brought students from across the world to the University of Cape Town (UCT) to participate in an event that has become a highlight of the academic financial mathematics calendar.

A UCT-led team won the prestigious event, which attracted top students and academics from Europe, South America, the UK and Canada. The competition saw them divided into teams, presented with problems and judged on their solutions at the end of July 2017.

The winning team, led by PhD student Ralph Rudd from UCT and mentored by Adjunct Professor Rodrigo Targino from the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) institution in Brazil, was announced at the end of an intense 10 days of work on real-world financial modelling problems.


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