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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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Alumnus funds transformative exchange programme
30 August, 2017

Gail Kelly is one of the world’s most influential businesswomen. She had a very successful run as the CEO of Westpac, the second-largest bank in Australia, from 2008 until her retirement in 2015. In 2014, she was listed by Forbes as the 56th most powerful woman in the world. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Kelly completed a bachelor of arts degree and a higher diploma in education at UCT in the late 1970s. On Thursday, 24 August, she returned to her alma mater to bring a new opportunity for students in the Faculty of Commerce and at the UNSW Business School.

The Gail Kelly Global Leaders Scholarship will provide the opportunity for Australian and South African undergraduate students to be part of a transformative exchange programme between UNSW and UCT. The scholarship programme will be centred on the study of business and the exploration of a foreign economy and culture.


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New degree combines fintech and entrepreneurship
29 August, 2017

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is now the first university on the continent to offer a degree that is specifically designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to embrace the technological revolution in the financial services sector.

South Africa’s financial services industry faces a significant challenge: the rise of modern technology, commonly labelled as financial technology, or fintech, combined with a lack of skilled graduates who are able to navigate this complex new terrain.The new degree, which will be offered for the first time in January 2018, is a Master of Data Science with a specialisation in financial technology.

The course convener, Dr Co-Pierre Georg, senior lecturer at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) at UCT, explains: “We are in constant and close contact with the financial services industry and know that it is facing a shifting demand for skills. In the past, companies were mainly looking for advanced mathematical and modelling skills.


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Suki Goodman receives SIOPSA Presidential Merit Award for Academic Excellence
04 August, 2017

Associate Professor Suki Goodman was the 2017 recipient of the Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) Presidential Merit Award for Academic Excellence. The overarching theme of the SIOPSA Presidential Merit Awards is to identify, recognise and reward members of the Society who have contributed positively and excelled in their areas of expertise within the IOP profession. The award was presented at the gala dinner on 26th July at the Society's annual conference. Suki received the award for her dedication to institutional transformation in industrial and organisational psychology.

Kanshukan Rajaratnam, the Deputy Dean of Transformation in the Faculty, praised A/Prof. Goodman on her efforts both in her discipline and her work at the Faculty, “Suki Goodman’s award is an indication of her dedication to society’s transformation. She currently curates the Commerce Education Group, which in 2017, is focussed on curriculum transformation. We are proud of Suki and this national recognition for her work. We hope to see more of this as she takes on a senior leadership role in her department.”


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