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The Department of Information Systems’ mission is to be a leading African centre for research and study of information systems, producing world class graduates and research while playing a positive role in the upliftmen and empowerment of our community. This is only possible through the excellent endeavour of our academic staff, all with strong IS/IT background, in theoretical and research areas, as well as contemporary industry experience. Read more ...





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The Keswick Prize for Lucidity is awarded annually to a third- or fourth-year student in any technical field for the most lucid and jargon-free essay on that subject. Sir John Chippendale Lindley Keswick (who prefers to be called Sir Chips) is the sponsor of the monetary prize, which is awarded on one condition – the winner has to write Sir Chips a clear, jargon-free thank-you note.
16 April, 2016

The Keswick Prize for Lucidity is awarded annually to a third- or fourth-year student in any technical field for the most lucid and jargon-free essay on that subject. Sir John Chippendale Lindley Keswick (who prefers to be called Sir Chips) is the sponsor of the monetary prize, which is awarded on one condition – the winner has to write Sir Chips a clear, jargon-free thank-you note.This year, the prize was shared by two students in the Faculty of Commerce, Marc Pelteret and Diederick Ferrandi.



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Balance and blend – the new dean of commerce
23 March, 2016

When Ingrid Woolard threw her hat into the ring for the position as dean of commerce towards the end of 2015, it was with some hesitancy. The selection process had already gone two rounds and there was her research to think about – a body of work that has earned her a formidable reputation in government policy circles, but also has a good measure of personal significance.

As pro vice-chancellor for poverty and inequality, Professor Murray Leibbrandt, says, she is “without a peer as a producer of survey data and a top-cited economic researcher.”

Woolard cut her teeth as a data manager on the country’s first national living standards measurement survey in 1994, which the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) produced with the World Bank at the request of the ANC.


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First woman prof in Department of Information Systems
05 February, 2016

Professor Ulrike Rivett has become the first woman to be appointed as a full professor in the Department of Information Systems in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town.

Making the historic announcement, HoD Prof Kevin Johnston said: “The department of Information Systems is extremely pleased and proud of the promotion of Ulrike Rivett to full Professor. Ulrike has made a difference to the department and to the faculty, to staff and students, is dedicated, hardworking, inspirational and motivational.”


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