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Studying Information Systems at UCT

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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Researching affirmative action at UCT
06 March, 2018

A study by researchers from the University of Cape Town on the hotly debated issue of affirmative action has shown that the university’s policies have a substantial impact on the racial distribution of who is offered a place at the university.

The paper, titled “Estimating the size and impact of affirmative action in undergraduate admissions at the University of Cape Town”, was recently published in the South African Journal of Economics.

Lead researcher Andrew Kerr from DataFirst in the Faculty of Commerce; Patrizio Piraino, associate professor at UCT’s School of Economics; and Vimal Ranchhod, the deputy director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) looked into various sources of data to estimate the extent and targeting of affirmative action at UCT.

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Blockchain hackathon winners
16 February, 2018

Blockchain technology isn’t just about trading cryptocurrencies – it can make everyday life better. The winners at Unlock the Block – the continent’s largest blockchain hackathon – proved this, delivering solutions that can facilitate cattle trading, improve governance in companies and more.

Unlock the Block was hosted by Linum Labs and the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM). Culminating in Cape Town’s first ever blockchain symposium, the 10-day event saw almost 80 participants from around the world attending.

The first five days were dedicated to a digital “boot camp”, during which participants were exposed to the blockchain tools needed to develop decentralised applications and protocols. At the end of the hackathon, participants were given three days to develop their own blockchain applications.

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UCT’s innovation lab sparks great excitement
17 November, 2017

An ‘innovation lab’ complete with virtual-reality 3D headsets, a drone, a 3D printer, Amazon Echo smart speakers, Emotiv brain-computer-interface headgear and credit-card-sized computers, has been launched at the University of Cape Town, bringing theory to life for hundreds of students.

Students flocked to the Department of Information Systems’ (IS) Think Tank room to try out a range of gadgets and equipment. They said they were very excited about the enterprising new lab, which would give them the opportunity to try out technology that they wouldn’t normally have access to.

The lab has been set up for students to “come and play without rules, where they can discover and figure out new things”, said Kevin Johnston, head of IS, at the launch on Tuesday night.

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