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The School of Economics is one of the largest departments in the University, offering tuition to more than 3000 undergraduate students and approximately 150 postgraduate students. The department consists of over 30 staff members who cover a broad range of disciplines in economics in their teaching and research. In addition, the School has a strong research focus and hosts several active research units.

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Short two-billion-year history of SA
31 August, 2017

Even when it literary is, history isn’t always cast in stone.

That maxim works as a subtext for the third edition of Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy: A short, short history of South Africa by UCT’s Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson, published earlier this year.

With the first edition of the book, published in 2009, Wilson had done the improbable. In a mere 128 dinky pages, he had painted a painfully researched and absorbing timeline of South Africa, covering some two billion years, starting with an asteroid crashing into what would become Vredefort, Gauteng, and closing with the troubled teen years of South Africa’s democracy.

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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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Targeting tobacco harm in Africa and Asia
14 August, 2017

Professor Corné van Walbeek is part of a multinational team of researchers, led by the University of Stirling in the UK. The consortium has been awarded £3.4 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund to reduce tobacco-related harm in Africa and Asia. The project is housed at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).

Led by Stirling’s Professor Linda Bauld, the multidisciplinary three-year project involves six UK universities linked to the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, as well as Cancer Research UK and eight partner institutions in seven countries. These are South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, the Gambia, India (two partner institutions) and Bangladesh.

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