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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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PhD Scholarship 2019
15 January, 2019

This opportunity to receive a Full Scholarship at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, in collaboration with the School of Public Policy - University of California,
Riverside (UCR), USA.

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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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Complex systems help explain how democracy is destabilised
12 December, 2018

Complex systems theory is usually used to study things like the global climate, financial markets, and transportation and communications systems.

But with global politics becoming more unpredictable – highlighted by the United Kingdom’s vote for Brexit, and the presidential elections of Donald Trump in the United States and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil – complex systems theory is being used to examine the stability of democracies.

An international, interdisciplinary team – including mathematicians, economists, psychologists, philosophers, sociologists and political scientists – has published a collective examination of the work in this field. Don Ross, a professor of economics and philosophy with appointments in UCT’s School of Economics and the University College Cork, Ireland, was a co-author on the paper.

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