Blending arts and commerce at the University of Cape Town
18 October, 2016
The University of Cape Town is taking another step in bridging the traditional divide between arts and commerce by introducing Information Systems (IS) as a major subject in the Humanities faculty.
Information Systems is offered as a major in UCT’s Commerce faculty, but will now also be offered to Humanities students studying subjects as diverse as linguistics, classical studies and history.
The course could lead to careers in everything from e-commerce and integrating social media into businesses to the development of applications, project management and gaming.
Many entrepreneurs are also tapping into the IS field. Companies such as Uber, AirBnB and retail e-commerce company, Alibaba, have been recent trailblazers.
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IS Honours students learn valuable lessons at global workshop for entrepreneurs
18 August, 2016
Five Honours students from UCT’s Information Systems (IS) department have learnt valuable business start-up skills through participating in an intensive global entrepreneurship seminar at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NNMU) in Port Elizabeth.
The five UCT students were awarded a place at the InterACTION Seminar after coming up with the best business idea in their Honours class. The group had devised an innovative business plan wrapped around the idea of an automated parking payment system. This garnered them a place at the week-long seminar, which was attended by students from South Africa, Germany, the Netherlands and Lesotho.
Faith Nokuthula Ndala, Success Mhlanga, Nontobeko Mlambo, Jeronisha Chetty and Shestine Haripershad took part in the seminar, aimed at encouraging and developing young leaders and entrepreneurs.
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Shaking up the way universities look at research
02 August, 2016
Shaking up the conventional way of doing research at universities is something that visiting US professor, Grandon Gill, is passionate about. He has brought his progressive outlook to the University of Cape Town’s Information Systems department, where he is a visiting Fulbright scholar.
Professor Gill, a Professor of Information Systems and Decision Sciences at the University of South Florida, has been meeting with students and holding workshops at UCT on a subject that has captivated him for over thirty years – the value of bringing the experience of businesses and communities into the classroom.
The Harvard-educated Professor is passionate about developing case studies and learning from them instead of relying on conventional academic research. He laments what he sees as a disconnect between universities and the working world.“In the US I’m shocked by how little students know about what it’s like in the workforce.”
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