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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Entrepreneurship convener launches a book explaining the creative process
19 February, 2018
David Priilaid, an Associate Professor in the School of Management Studies and convener of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, is launching a book entitled Creativity Explained – from Music and Art to Innovation in Business. The book officially launches on 18 April 2018.
Priilaid has a PhD in non-linear econometrics and publishes mostly in the field of wine and economic psychology, though some of his poetry has appeared in print. He was a resident DJ on UCT’s campus radio from 1987 to 1990, and his formative experience in the arts provided fertile ground for the genesis of this book.
“My book follows on the back of “Creativity in Business” (BUS4090F), a course which I initiated in 2012, says David Priilaid, who also teaches a course in start-up strategy. “As an English major, a dabbler in poetry, and DJ rooted in music of the 60’s and 70’s I have always been fascinated in the lives of my musical and literary heroes.
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Cybersecurity: Our shared responsibility
27 September, 2017
The internet has changed the way in which our world works. It has opened doors to information, people and communication. Unfortunately, it has also allowed criminal elements to enter our lives more easily.
South Africa loses an estimated R5.8 billion a year to cybercrime. In 2016 the Norton Report placed the country third highest out of 24 countries surveyed with regards to the effects of cybercrime. In the wake of international cybersecurity incidents such as the WannaCry virus, people are becoming increasingly vigilant of their online risks and more aware of their cyber safety.
October is Cybersecurity Month. This annual global campaign aims to raise awareness around cybersecurity issues, as well as educate the public about staying safe online. While UCT’S Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) has run this drive for the past five years, this year it is being run on campus by the newly formed Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT).
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