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Mobile bullying thrust into the spotlight by deputy dean
30 November, 2016

NRF-rated researcher and Deputy Dean Professor Michael Kyobe of the Department of Information Systems in Commerce has won a highly-prized R1,6 m grant for research into mobile bullying in high schools.

Making the announcement, Prof Ingrid Woolard said: “This is really fantastic news for the Faculty. Congratulations! Very well deserved. I know how much work goes into these funding applications – well done! Good luck with the research – we look forward to seeing the outputs on this fascinating topic.”
The topic is: “Investigating the nature and factors influencing Mobile bully-victim behaviour in South African High Schools”.

Prof Kyobe said in his proposal to the NRF: “The present study is a continuation of the research we have conducted on Mobile bullying since 2013. It aims to understand the specific differences in behavior and risk profiles of mobile bully-victims in South African High schools. Bully-victims have both characteristics of a bully and victim. They are more difficult to recognize and manage especially in a mobile technology environment.

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Blending arts and commerce at the University of Cape Town
18 October, 2016

The University of Cape Town is taking another step in bridging the traditional divide between arts and commerce by introducing Information Systems (IS) as a major subject in the Humanities faculty.

Information Systems is offered as a major in UCT’s Commerce faculty, but will now also be offered to Humanities students studying subjects as diverse as linguistics, classical studies and history.

The course could lead to careers in everything from e-commerce and integrating social media into businesses to the development of applications, project management and gaming.

Many entrepreneurs are also tapping into the IS field. Companies such as Uber, AirBnB and retail e-commerce company, Alibaba, have been recent trailblazers.

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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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