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The School of Economics is one of the largest departments in the University, offering tuition to more than 3000 undergraduate students and approximately 150 postgraduate students. The department consists of over 30 staff members who cover a broad range of disciplines in economics in their teaching and research. In addition, the School has a strong research focus and hosts several active research units.

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Education gains in a ‘messy democracy’
18 July, 2019

Kenya’s budget for education is only one-fifth of South Africa’s and yet the country consistently out-performs South Africa on important education outcomes. Professor Brian Levy, academic director at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town (UCT), explains why this is the case and what it tells us about how to make progress in a ‘messy democracy’.

A tale of two provinces

“Politics is messy,” says Levy, “often, so is bureaucracy.”

Levy, who worked for the World Bank for 23 years and is now academic director at the Mandela School and professor of international development at Johns Hopkins University, is explaining why a narrowly technocratic approach to development is often not very useful.


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Three UCT researchers awarded ‘Science Oscars’
28 June, 2019

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa, UCT’s Professor Alison Lewis, Dr Hlumani Ndlovu, Professor Martine Visser all received awards at the NSTF-South32 event yesterday evening.

Professor Alison Lewis

Engineering Research Capacity Development Award

This award is in recognition of Lewis’s training, nurturing and mentoring of students at the UCT Crystallisation and Precipitation Research Unit. Under her guidance, they have been trained in new research methods for the recovery of valuable metals, water and minerals.

Over the past 10 years, Lewis has supervised 44 MSc and PhD researchers to graduation, ensuring that they presented and published their research work. Of the 69 international journal papers she has published, 52 were co-authored with a postgraduate student.


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Advancing public leadership in Africa
14 June, 2019

The work of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance (previously the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is complex, spanning teaching, research and policy engagement. But its aim is simple: put theory into practice to make public service at the highest levels of leadership an aspiration for the most talented of the continent’s rising generation.

“The central work of the school is to provide strategic leadership skills for people who want to make a difference in the organisations they work in and in the society they live in,” explains Professor Alan Hirsch, director of the Mandela School at UCT. Prior to becoming director of the school in 2013, Hirsch worked in the South African presidency where he managed economic policy, represented the presidency at the G20 and was co-chair of the G20 Development Working Group.


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