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Welcome to the Website for the doctoral program offered by the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town.


The year 2019 will be the 21st year of this program. While the program was first announced in April of 1998, in the program dates from discussions held with members of the Department of Information Systems as early as May of 1995. At that time, in the headiest years of the RDP and the transformation movements in South Africa, the idea was mooted that any program in Information Systems should take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the transformation. In fact, it was clear then, as it is clearer now, that South Africa is a laboratory of change, potentially driven, or at least partially fueled, by modern technology. This program is the culmination of many years of thought at UCT, in the Department of Information Systems, and other institutions. The original goals of the program have been shown to be relevant and persistent, as evidenced by the mushrooming since the IT4D research movement globally.


The program attempts to combine two distinct efforts. First, it attempts to create , experienced, qualified academics who know information systems and can guide information systems research efforts. This kind of person is essential in any modern nation as the role of technology in society and commerce continues to grow. Second, this program meets an additional practical need, that of being able to harness the power of information technology to national aims. In the case of South Africa and Africa these national aims include "upliftment"reconstruction", reconciliation, "redevelopment", or other similar terms. It is also a case of coping with being a modern nation in a economy while repairing the damage of the past. Therefore, our doctoral program attempts to marry excellence in research with the needs of Africa by promoting in-depth investigation of Information Systems topics to the benefit of the continent and the IS discipline.

For more information on the program content please contact the course convenor Prof. Wallace Chigona. For information on the application process, please contact our postgraduate course administrator Ms. Linda Magodla.

Last updated : 05 Feb 2019

Staff Members on this course :

Prof. Wallace Chigona Professor

+27 (0)21 650 4345
3.33 Leslie Commerce
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ICT4D ICT Policy Convenor: INF2004F; INF6000W & INF6001W

Ms. Linda Magodla Administrative Officer

+27 (0)21 650 4242
3.51, Leslie Commerce

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