IS Honours students learn valuable lessons at global workshop for entrepreneurs
18 August, 2016
Five Honours students from UCT’s Information Systems (IS) department have learnt valuable business start-up skills through participating in an intensive global entrepreneurship seminar at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NNMU) in Port Elizabeth.
The five UCT students were awarded a place at the InterACTION Seminar after coming up with the best business idea in their Honours class. The group had devised an innovative business plan wrapped around the idea of an automated parking payment system. This garnered them a place at the week-long seminar, which was attended by students from South Africa, Germany, the Netherlands and Lesotho.
Faith Nokuthula Ndala, Success Mhlanga, Nontobeko Mlambo, Jeronisha Chetty and Shestine Haripershad took part in the seminar, aimed at encouraging and developing young leaders and entrepreneurs.
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Shaking up the way universities look at research
02 August, 2016
Shaking up the conventional way of doing research at universities is something that visiting US professor, Grandon Gill, is passionate about. He has brought his progressive outlook to the University of Cape Town’s Information Systems department, where he is a visiting Fulbright scholar.
Professor Gill, a Professor of Information Systems and Decision Sciences at the University of South Florida, has been meeting with students and holding workshops at UCT on a subject that has captivated him for over thirty years – the value of bringing the experience of businesses and communities into the classroom.
The Harvard-educated Professor is passionate about developing case studies and learning from them instead of relying on conventional academic research. He laments what he sees as a disconnect between universities and the working world.“In the US I’m shocked by how little students know about what it’s like in the workforce.”
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Spectacular success of ESEFA celebrated
26 July, 2016
As any project manager will tell you, a key element of the process is celebrating its successful completion, and so it was that when the ESEFA project reached its pinnacle this was exuberantly acknowledged with fine wines and delicious food.
According to the Dean, Prof Ingrid Woolard: “ESEFA is one of the great success stories of the Faculty of Commerce and its team members need to be recognised for their sterling contribution. One measure of success of the project is that close to 4 000 students across Africa have benefited from the new African-inspired curriculum which originated at UCT in the Department of Information Systems.”
The UCT team included associate professor Lisa Seymour, project manager Karin Reissenauer, lecturers Gwamaka Mwalemba and Anjali Ramburn, Graeme Ampeire and Mbongeni Ncube doing technical support and project administrator Tejumade Adeniran.
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