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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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PhD student hones research in Germany
09 November, 2017

PhD student Khangelani Vuke has returned from an enriching and successful visit to Germany. He was the UCT Department of Information Systems’ first doctoral student to be sent on an exchange programme to Philipps University in the historic city of Marburg in Germany.

Vuke described his month away as “mind-opening, enriching and a great learning opportunity”.

With the help of international researchers, he spent some of his time there honing his research on how South African businesses can pursue strategic digital transformation to achieve a competitive advantage. He also found out more about the rapid technological advances taking place in Germany.

The PhD student, who hails from Mqanduli in the rural Upper Ngqwarha region of the Eastern Cape, said he made progress in narrowing down his research and aligning it to much-needed information and communications technology-based developments in South Africa.

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Master’s student at the World Economic Forum
23 October, 2017

Master’s student Shamiso Kumbirai has been selected to represent the youth of southern Africa at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in 2018.

Kumbirai is a member of an iCOMMS research team that is focusing on participatory upgrades in large-scale water and sanitation infrastructure projects. She is also a member of the WEF Global Shapers Community in Tshwane.

Born out of the WEF, the community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 who are working together to address both local and global challenges. With more than 6 000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 378 city-based hubs in almost 160 countries.

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Lessons in innovation and intervention
20 October, 2017

With the advent of mobile technologies, many hoped that these information communication technologies (ICTs) would be able to fast-track development on the African continent. But ICT for development (ICT4D) projects come with their own sets of complexities.

So explained Professor Ulrike Rivett in her inaugural lecture, “ICT for development: the good intentions of the mobile phone”.

This lecture, which represents Rivett’s inauguration to full professorship, presented the many highs, lows and lessons contained within her 17-year-long journey of ICT4D research.

Following the advice of her family, this once-aspirant actress traded in the theatre for the lecture hall and enrolled as a student of land surveying, where she specialised in photogrammetry and remote sensing.

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