In a matter of days the terrain of higher education - within the universities and within government - has changed dramatically. The antecedents have been evident for some time, not least in the diminishing investments by government in higher education over the past five years...
With 71 papers presented at the recent Southern Africa Accounting Association conference in East London, it was gratifying to see that Professor Carlos Correia of the College of Accounting commanded the top spot by winning the Best Paper Award.
That four groups won the 2014 UCT Collaborative Educational Practice Award for collaborative educational practice might testify to the ongoing drive to break through silos in teaching and learning at the university.
UCT's College of Accounting has collaborated with Fasset (Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority) and GetSmarter to launch 'Learn Accounting' which offers video-based learning on key financial and accounting concepts.
The College of Accounting has successfully hosted the first Southern Africa Accounting Association (SAAA) Teaching and Learning in Accountancy conference, convened by Associate Professor Ilse Lubbe.Held on 5 December, it was attended by 110 delegates from 17 universities across the country.
Commerce students will no doubt face ethical dilemmas when they enter the working world, and with this in mind three academics from UCT – Dr Greg Fried, Dr George Hull and Jimmy Winfield - have launched a book to help them face these challenges. Published by Fairest Cape Press, Business Ethics & Other Paradoxes: How Philosophy Answers Questions about the Ethics of Business is useful for teaching ethics and critical thinking skills to undergraduate or postgraduate students as well as business professionals.
t's a hectic day at the office, with the phone ringing off the hook and requests streaming in from your boss and colleagues. A new email message catches your eye. Coming from email@example.com, it reads: "Urgent!!! Your email account has been put on-hold by our server due to irregularities. Please click this link and log in to avoid having your account suspended."Losing your email account is a problem you don't need at the moment, so you click the link, quickly enter your UCT login credentials and get on with your work.
Advances in technology have significantly shaped how we connect and share information. They have also enabled new ways of bridging old divides – of geography, culture, language and experience. The Faculty of Commerce is harnessing new technologies, not only to reach out to potential students across Africa, but also to reach across gaps experienced by students who currently form part of the UCT community.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) today announced that it has launched a suite of online postgraduate programmes as part of a strategic initiative that will enable students across Africa to study with high–touch interactive support – anytime‚ anywhere.
UCT’s Faculty of Commerce‚ in partnership with GetSmarter‚ is now offering three Postgraduate qualifications online‚ in blended learning mode as part of the Across Africa initiative. Blended learning combines the use of a flexible and cutting–edge interactive online education platform with face–to–face learning.
The ESEFA (Enterprise Systems Education for Africa) programme’s main objective to train lecturers as well as students in Enterprise Systems (ES) has achieved a major milestone.
By developing a curriculum and delivering the training needed for the students to become SAP‚ ICT and ERP consultants‚ ESEFA will equip students with ERP skills to cater to the needs of expanding African markets.
Nine fellows were inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows this year, "a great sign of the strength of research" at UCT, said Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price at the College of Fellows' annual dinner on 9 October 2014."You are role models," he said. "You are the reason why people come here to do postgraduate degrees. You are the reason why we have a high number of citations and get praised for the creative work that gets done at the university."
Why do South Africa's youth lag in entrepreneurial intention, despite SMMEs contributing more than 35% of the country's GDP and just over 50% of employment opportunities? And what can be done about it ? Part of the answer lies in low-quality education (for example, only 35% of the 2002 school intake made it to matric) and a lack of knowledge about the support government offers young (15 to 34) entrepreneurs, says the College of Accounting's Jacqui Kew.