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Welcome to the Department of Finance and Tax

The department is responsible for all undergraduate courses in finance‚ including service courses. The department is research led and has two very active graduate programs which are a Masters in Tax and a Masters in Finance.  The former has two streams being South African Tax and International Tax.  The latter has three different streams being Financial Management, Financial and Risk Management and Investment Management.   We also supervise Ph.D. students across the areas of financetax and accounting.

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Four doctors, two families make it a double
14 December, 2018

It’s not often that two sets of brothers who are close friends graduate from the same two faculties – and each with the title of doctor.

The two older brothers, 28-year-olds Mario Giuricich and Alex Backwell, are graduating with their PhDs in Quantitative Finance through the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM), part of the Faculty of Commerce. Their younger brothers, 24-year-olds Alessio Giuricich and David Backwell, will be graduating MBChB through the Faculty of Health Sciences.

It’s a rare coincidence, with their families celebrating at the graduation ceremonies yesterday and today. The four brothers were all invited to graduate at the 10:00 ceremony yesterday, when Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng was robed by Chancellor Graça Machel.

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Burst of energy from new UCT lecturers
13 December, 2018

Twenty new, full-time academics have celebrated their completion of the New Academic Practitioners’ Programme (NAPP), a holistic programme of professional development for new lecturers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Over the six-month programme, they’ve brought with them energy, new ways of looking at the curriculum and innovative ideas about teaching.

The NAPP, which was established in 2004 and is hosted by UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), is open to new full-time academics with not more than five years’ experience in higher education.

The programme starts with a three-day residential retreat in Stellenbosch and includes two one-day workshops on campus. There are two cohorts of 20 participants each, per semester.

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Complex systems help explain how democracy is destabilised
12 December, 2018

Complex systems theory is usually used to study things like the global climate, financial markets, and transportation and communications systems.

But with global politics becoming more unpredictable – highlighted by the United Kingdom’s vote for Brexit, and the presidential elections of Donald Trump in the United States and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil – complex systems theory is being used to examine the stability of democracies.

An international, interdisciplinary team – including mathematicians, economists, psychologists, philosophers, sociologists and political scientists – has published a collective examination of the work in this field. Don Ross, a professor of economics and philosophy with appointments in UCT’s School of Economics and the University College Cork, Ireland, was a co-author on the paper.

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