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The Professional Communication Unit (PCU) joined the School of Management Studies in 2004 and is located in the Leslie Commerce Building onthe upper campus.

Introduction to PCU

Over three decades ago (1975) the PCU originated in the Commerce faculty with the aim of preparing students for the communicative demands of their professions. Not only has the faculty grown faster than any other at UCT, now comprising a third of the student body but the communicative demands on the business professional have grown exponentially too. In order to keep up with these demands, Terri Grant, one of the original team of founder members of the PCU and Course Convenor for all Commerce and Computer Science Communication programmes, convenes a host of short and core courses to both under- and postgraduate Commerce and Science students. Read More ...

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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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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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UCT boosts transformation in accounting
31 October, 2018

After a six-year collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s College of Accounting, Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the University of Zululand (UniZulu) have now been accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), securing top-quality accounting degrees for their students.

The innovative partnership, designed to build sustainable capacity in two of the leading institutions in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, was funded by the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA).

Previously, students with three-year accounting degrees from the two universities were required to complete a bridging course at another university to qualify for postgraduate accounting studies. Over the past three years, as part of the accreditation project, students from UniZulu have pursued their Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA) at UCT, and those from WSU at the University of Fort Hare or Nelson Mandela University.

WSU received SAICA accreditation for its BCom (Accounting) degree in 2016, with UniZulu following suit with accreditation of its BCom (Accounting Science) degree in August this year.


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