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Welcome to the School of Management Studies

The School of Management Studies is a vibrant and interdisciplinary department in the Faculty of Commerce. Originally established in 1964 along with the Bachelor of Business Science degree, the department was initially created as the Department of Business Science, taking primary responsibility for the convening and development of this prestigious 4-year degree.

Three decades later, in 1994, this successful and expanding department was re-named the School of Management Studies, incorporating several academic disciplines in a variety of sections. Each section is involved in a range of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and courses. While enjoying close and collegial alignment and integration under the banner of the School, the diverse sections have the freedom and responsibility to manage their own affairs, both administrative and academic. As can be seen below, it is this very diversity that makes the School unique in the tertiary educational landscape of South Africa and is one of its core strengths. Read more ...

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UCT student presents solution to food waste
25 October, 2017

“I had only ever used my passport before to go to Botswana, and now I have been to the UN in New York,” says master’s student Maryjane Mokgethi, laughing.

The elated 25-year-old has just returned from the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, which took place in iconic Midtown Manhattan in September.

Earlier this year, she entered the UN Global Compact’s Breakthrough Innovation Challenge, which aims to bring together “young entrepreneurs from leading companies to design future sustainable business models powered by disruptive technologies”.

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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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Student entrepreneurs enact change through education
23 October, 2017

Jono Field signed contracts with his first two tutors on the bonnet of his dad’s car in 2015. Now he and his partner Kosta Kappatos have 90 tutors and 150 clients on their books. The UCT third-year business science students are growing Get Smart Tutors (Pty) Ltd on what they learn in class − and a belief in building community.

There are days that Field (22) and Kappatos (21) pinch themselves.Not long out of school, and a year and a bit shy of completing their BBusSc degrees, the duo own a registered company that’s growing steadily while helping scores of other students – mostly from UCT – to become financially independent. It’s also filling a niche in education support.

“Occasionally, we stop and realise, hey, this is actually happening,” says Field, who manages the clients. Kappatos manages the tutors.Their business has been created on a client-focused model that provides tailored tutoring and mentoring to learners from grades 1 to 12 in every subject, including French, German and Greek.

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