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Welcome to the home page of the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town.

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.

This site provides access to a range of information regarding study, research and student life in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Read more ...

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Studying development at UCT just got easier
07 March, 2017

Students have long been able to seek knowledge related to development in their own faculties and departments, from economics to sociology. But on 3 March 2017, the university offered a one-stop shop for development studies within its halls for the first time, when the Studying Development website and handbook were launched at the School of Economics.

The publication of the handbook is a way to recognise that higher education is not just about producing graduates who are ready for the job market, said Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, UCT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation.

“It’s also making sure that we produce graduates who are relevant to the context,” she said. “For us in Africa, it’s even more important.”


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Parent orientation 2017
20 January, 2017

We welcome parents to the orientation programme for the parents of first-year students who have been made a firm offer of acceptance at UCT for 2017.

This is traditionally a time when parents are introduced to UCT and allows you to familiarise yourselves with how the University operates. It provides information on how the University is structured and explains what students can expect in their first year of study.

Activities include a formal welcome by the Vice-Chancellor in the Jameson Hall; library tours and meeting the faculty deans.


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Southern African tourism: the 'multiplier' effect
29 November, 2016

For every night that a tourist stays over at a high-end game lodge in a remote part of southern Africa, 14 people in the surrounding community benefit indirectly from the income generated by the services offered by the industry. As lodge staff send their remittances back home, the money circulates within these rural communities, helping to grow the local economy.

This is the finding of Dr Sue Snyman, a tourism analyst and economist associated with UCT’s Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU), in the Faculty of Commerce. “This is the multiplier effect of tourism in remote regions of the subcontinent,” explains Snyman, who has published several papers in the past year on the basis of the findings of her 2013 doctoral thesis.


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