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Welcome to the School of Management Studies

The School of Management Studies is a vibrant and interdisciplinary department in the Faculty of Commerce. Originally established in 1964 along with the Bachelor of Business Science degree, the department was initially created as the Department of Business Science, taking primary responsibility for the convening and development of this prestigious 4-year degree.

Three decades later, in 1994, this successful and expanding department was re-named the School of Management Studies, incorporating several academic disciplines in a variety of sections. Each section is involved in a range of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and courses. While enjoying close and collegial alignment and integration under the banner of the School, the diverse sections have the freedom and responsibility to manage their own affairs, both administrative and academic. As can be seen below, it is this very diversity that makes the School unique in the tertiary educational landscape of South Africa and is one of its core strengths. Read more ...

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UCT researchers honoured at ‘Oscars of science’
30 June, 2017

Four UCT researchers were honoured in the annual NSTF-South32 Awards which took place in Johannesburg last night. The awards, known in the South African research community as the ‘Oscars of science’, recognise and reward excellence in science, engineering and technology, and innovation in South Africa. If the calibre of finalists recognised at the awards is anything to go by, South Africa has a great deal to celebrate.

“The NSTF-South32 Awards offer us an annual opportunity to really celebrate the world-changing work South African researchers achieve,” says UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price. “Every day, without much fuss and fanfare, these researchers conduct work that changes people’s lives for the better.”


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R10 million to develop financial skills
20 April, 2017

The development of much-needed skills for the financial services sector in South Africa has been given a boost by a collaborative donation of R10 million over five years from Nedbank and Old Mutual to the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

AIFMRM director, Professor David Taylor, says that the university is delighted with the endowment and notes that a significant number of the major banks and insurance companies in South Africa have now invested in the institute.

In a further show of support, the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) contributed over R5.25 million in bursary funding for AIFMRM in 2017.


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Tutpack to connect UCT students and tutors
01 March, 2017

The search for the perfect tutor has become an easier task thanks to Tutpack, a web application that simplifies transactions between students and tutors within UCT.

Tom Masojada developed an interest in programming during his final year of school. He and his business partner, who works on the development side, have been working on the Tutpack platform over the last six months.

Originally from Durban, Masojada relocated to Cape Town to pursue his studies.“I was attracted to UCT because I wanted to be in Cape Town and because UCT has a global reputation for academic excellence,” he says.

“There is an obvious need for university students to be able to arrange extra lessons. The only options previously available to students were the tutoring agencies, or finding someone they knew with the skills to teach them. These are very limited options,” says Masojada.


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