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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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UCT researchers honoured at ‘Oscars of science’
30 June, 2017

Four UCT researchers were honoured in the annual NSTF-South32 Awards which took place in Johannesburg last night. The awards, known in the South African research community as the ‘Oscars of science’, recognise and reward excellence in science, engineering and technology, and innovation in South Africa. If the calibre of finalists recognised at the awards is anything to go by, South Africa has a great deal to celebrate.

“The NSTF-South32 Awards offer us an annual opportunity to really celebrate the world-changing work South African researchers achieve,” says UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price. “Every day, without much fuss and fanfare, these researchers conduct work that changes people’s lives for the better.”


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The state of SA’s youth
16 June, 2017

Only 32.7% of Manenberg’s 6 685 young adults (between 15 and 24) have completed matric, and equivalent or higher. And only 15% of people in that age group are currently attending an educational institution. In this same age group, 64.6% of students who wrote matric in 2015 passed, but this was only 28% of the Grade 8 students who entered high school in 2011.

All this, and much more demographic data for young adults in South Africa, is available on the new Youth Explorer online portal, which launches on Youth Day (16 June) 2017.

The portal sheds light on the state of our young people’s wellbeing as far as their access to healthcare, education, employment, the types of dwellings they live in and who they live with, relative poverty (or wealth), vulnerability to crime, plus a range of other detailed indicators


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Honorary professorship for AU Development Advisor
07 June, 2017

There is a new honorary professor on campus. Dr Carlos Lopes is a Bissau-Guinean development economist, author, educator and civil servant who most recently acted as select advisor on African Union reform, reporting to Rwandan president Paul Kagame. His appointment, announced on 1 June, will run for a five-year term until 2022.

This move is a coup for UCT and particularly the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) where Professor Lopes is based.

Professor Lopes has a distinguished academic background in development and strategic planning, having authored or edited 22 books to date and having taught at academic institutions including Oxford, Lisbon, Coimbra, Zurich, Uppsala, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.


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