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The then Department of Accounting at UCT was founded in 1921. The department was restructured as the College of Accounting in 2012. We subscribe to the IFAC principles regarding professional and general accounting education and which are consistent with UCT’s mission of life-long learning. Our diverse group of graduates are in demand by the accounting profession, the private sector and the public sector.

Message from Goolam Modack, Head of College

Our vision here at the College of Accounting at the University of Cape Town is to be a “centre of excellence in professional accounting education”.

 We are committed to contributing meaningfully to the transformation of the accounting profession in our country by creating and fostering a learning environment that is inclusive. We acknowledge the varied lived experiences of our staff and our students and also the development challenges that we face as a country. In addition to our own support and development initiatives, we work closely with the Commerce Faculty’s Education Development Unit, which has an Academic Development Programme for students who have experienced gaps and disparities in both education and life experiences.

Our academic and support staff are responsible for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses. These programmes and courses are designed to prepare students to progress to the accounting profession and for leadership roles in the private and the public sectors.

Our graduates are equipped with technical skills across corporate governance and assurance, financial reporting, management accounting and finance, and taxation as well as the professional competence that will enable them to be responsible and responsive leaders and to apply sound business judgement with a firm grasp of professional ethics.

We engage in scholarship that contributes valuable knowledge to the accounting profession, locally and internationally.

Our Professional Programmes and Development Section provides excellent continuing learning opportunities. These include preparatory courses to prepare candidates for their professional chartered accountancy exams and also a range of online short courses.

Professor Goolam Modack, Head: College ofAccounting, University of Cape Town