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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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Unraveling what’s holding back women economists in academia
26 October, 2017

When it comes to academic success female scientists are – on average – usually behind their male counterparts. They receive academic tenure less often and win fewer awards.This gender gap exists in the academic discipline of economics, too. In 2016, less than 15% of all economics professors were women.

Data I’ve collected and worked with during my PhD shows that women are also less central in the social network of informal collaboration. This refers to the process among academics of providing feedback and helping other authors to improve their work through comments and engagements. Such networks enable the global flow of knowledge, which is crucial for research.

My data suggests that men’s attitudes might be part of what’s keeping women in a subfield of economics from occupying a central position in the social network of informal collaboration.

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Keeping blockchain booming in Africa
23 October, 2017

To harness the power of blockchain technology for the continent, a new generation of highly skilled professionals is needed to drive its application. South Africa will soon see a first-of-its-kind intensive skills-building boot camp and hackathon to achieve just that.

Blockchain is booming in Africa. On the financial side alone, Bitcoin trading hit record highs in South Africa in August as the currency surged to $4 700 a coin.

The South African Reserve Bank has said that it is open to issuing a national digital currency, likely based on blockchain or distributed ledger technology, and similar plans are in the pipeline in Senegal and within the West African Economic and Monetary Union.

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Master’s student at the World Economic Forum
23 October, 2017

Master’s student Shamiso Kumbirai has been selected to represent the youth of southern Africa at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in 2018.

Kumbirai is a member of an iCOMMS research team that is focusing on participatory upgrades in large-scale water and sanitation infrastructure projects. She is also a member of the WEF Global Shapers Community in Tshwane.

Born out of the WEF, the community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 who are working together to address both local and global challenges. With more than 6 000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 378 city-based hubs in almost 160 countries.

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