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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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UCT Masters students get a dose of International Tax expertise
07 March, 2019

The 2019 Masters in International Taxation kicked off in style with Professor Pasquale Pistone and Professor Andrade from the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) giving the first few days of course input. Part of this input was a highly successful public seminar held on Wednesday 13 February 2019 held in two sessions, each followed by a panel discussion chaired by Emeritus Professor Jennifer Roeleveld. The first session, Dispute resolution in international tax matters (map and arbitration) included presentations by Professor Pistone (global perspective) and Associate Professor Johann Hattingh (SA perspective). The second session, The Digital Economy revisited - Where do we currently stand? included presentations by Professor Betty Andrade (global perspective) and Associate Professor Craig West (African perspective).

The seminar included the presentation of the annual IBFD/UCT Prize in International Tax, awarded to Ashley Olivier for his master’s dissertation (LLM) on An analysis of options for reform of South Africa’s unilateral income tax exemption of foreign pensions, with an emphasis on the cross-border interaction with pensions derived from the United Kingdom and Germany.

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UCT master’s degrees pull international students
30 January, 2019

They come from far and wide: from Zimbabwe, Haiti, Latvia, Monaco and the Falkland Islands, a diverse enrolment of 605 new international students who will be studying at the University of Cape Town (UCT) this year.

UCT’s 29 000-strong student body has 5 000 international students from 117 countries outside South Africa. With 776 students at UCT, Zimbabwe tops the list for international recruits, followed by the United States (596), Kenya (193), Namibia (193), Nigeria (192) and Zambia (183).

A significant number of the international newbies have applied for master’s degree programmes, a trend that’s evident across all six academic faculties. Registrations show the Faculty of Health Sciences leads with 57 international master’s candidates, followed by the Faculty of Science with 44, and the Faculty of Commerce with 42.

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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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